The final season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars does not mean the end of Star Wars animation on Disney+. Lucasfilm announced today, via StarWars.com, that a new series is already in the works. Whether you call it a spinoff or a continuation is up to you.
Star Wars: The Bad Batch will focus on a team we were already introduced to in The Clone Wars. It follows, “the elite and experimental clones of the Bad Batch (first introduced in The Clone Wars) as they find their way in a rapidly changing galaxy in the immediate aftermath of the Clone War. Members of Bad Batch — a unique squad of clones who vary genetically from their brothers in the Clone Army — each possess a singular exceptional skill, which makes them extraordinarily effective soldiers and a formidable crew. In the post-Clone War era, they will take on daring mercenary missions as they struggle to stay afloat and find new purpose.”
Hopefully these mercenary missions take us to some new places in the galaxy that we have yet to explore or haven’t explored enough previously. Agnes Chu, senior vice president, Content at Disney+, says the relationship with Lucasfilm Animation, “is only beginning.” So, at the surface, it looks like the commitment to this series is strong already. At the very least, maybe the first of many series to come.
Behind the scenes, there will be a lot of familiar names involved in the series. Star Wars: The Bad Batch is executive produced by Dave Filoni (The Mandalorian, Star Wars: The Clone Wars), Athena Portillo (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels), Brad Rau (Star Wars Rebels, Star Wars Resistance) and Jennifer Corbett (Star Wars Resistance, NCIS) with Carrie Beck (The Mandalorian, Star Wars Rebels) as co-executive producer and Josh Rimes as producer (Star Wars Resistance). There is no word on any casting at this time.
Once an updated release date is given, we’ll have the update.
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