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It's a very exciting time for the Star Wars franchise. We're just weeks away from the release of The Rise of Skywalker, which will end up the nine-film Skywalker Saga that George Lucas began back with A New Hope. Additionally, Lucasfilm recently introduced live-action TV for the first time with The Mandalorian on Disney+. At least two more shows are coming to the streaming service, and according to The Mandalorian creator Jon Favreau, those stories are bound to connect to the movies.
While The Mandalorian is telling a wholly unique story within the Star Wars universe, the next two shows will star characters that originally appeared in film. After all, Diego Luna and Ewan McGregor are reprising their roles in their respective shows. Jon Favreau think it's only a matter of time before the crossover goes in the other direction, and original Disney+ series interact with favorites from the films. As he tells it,
Well, that's exciting. Serialized storytelling has become popular since the inception of the Marvel Cinematic Universe-- another property owned by Disney. And with the galaxy far, far away growing thanks to the original content coming to Disney+, there's ample opportunity for crossovers in the future. But the question is, what could they be?
Jon Favreau's comments to THR are sure to excite the generations of Star Wars fans out there who are excited for the franchise's mysterious future. With The Rise of Skywalker ending the main storyline as we know it, Lucasfilm should have particular freedom with its TV and film projects, and how they interact. The Mandalorian has already got a strong following, and crossovers have the potential to draw even more subscribers to Disney+.
Smart money says that The Mandalorian will eventually have some type of connection to the franchise trilogy. The new show is set between The Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, in a lawless time without The Empire. I'd love to see the title character to eventually cross ways with The Resistance or the early formation of the First Order. The heroes may be very interesting The Child, and its connection to The Force.
The Mandalorian is currently streaming on Disney+, and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will hit theaters on December 20th. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies. And our 2020 release list to look ahead toward the New Year.
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