Indiana Jones, Andor, Mandalorian S3, Willow Teased at Star Wars Celebration 2022

ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA – MAY 26: Harrison Ford of the upcoming fifth installment of the “Indiana Jones” franchise honors composer John Williams on his 90th birthday at Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, California on May 26, 2022. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)

Star Wars Celebration 2022 is here at the Anaheim Convention Center this weekend, and the opening day on Thursday featured Lucasfilm’s Studio Showcase. It was an event filled with many epic moments. These included a choir filling the stage performing “Duel of the Fates” from The Phantom Menace, John Williams conducting an orchestra on his 90th birthday, Harrison Ford promoting the upcoming Indiana Jones film, Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen for Obi-Wan Kenobi, Diego Luna for Andor, Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni for The Mandalorian Season 3 and Ahsoka and more.

Lucasfilm’s Studio Showcase premiered many exciting projects including the trailers for Andor and Willow and teaser images and logos for the fifth Indiana Jones film.

Duel of the Fates

Obi-Wan Kenobi

ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA – MAY 26: (L-R) Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen attend the studio showcase panel at Star Wars Celebration for “Obi-Wan Kenobi” in Anaheim, California on May 26, 2022. The series streams exclusively on Disney+. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)

Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen took to the stage to talk about Obi-Wan Kenobi. Fans were excited to see the two actors together again.

The actors were then joined by Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy, director Deborah Chow and fellow cast members Moses Ingram and Rupert Friend. Audiences were expecting some footage to be shown, but they were surprised by the announcement that they would get the chance to watch it before everyone else at the red carpet premiere of the first two episodes in the evening.

Near the end of Lucasfilm’s Studio Showcase, Kennedy talked about how Obi-Wan Kenobi never got a theme song. With the Obi-Wan series, John Williams composed the theme for the popular Jedi. The composer surprised audiences during the showcase as he conducted the Pacific Symphony Orchestra as they performed the theme. Check out the theme below.

Synopsis: Obi-Wan Kenobi begins 10 years after the dramatic events of “Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith” where Obi-Wan Kenobi faced his greatest defeat—the downfall and corruption of his best friend and Jedi apprentice, Anakin Skywalker, who turned to the dark side as evil Sith Lord Darth Vader.

Obi-Wan Kenobi stars Ewan McGregor, reprising his role as the iconic Jedi Master, and also marks the return of Hayden Christensen in the role of Darth Vader. Joining the cast are Moses Ingram, Joel Edgerton, Bonnie Piesse, Kumail Nanjiani, Indira Varma, Rupert Friend, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Sung Kang, Simone Kessell and Benny Safdie. “Obi-Wan Kenobi” is directed by Deborah Chow and executive-produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Michelle Rejwan, Deborah Chow, Ewan McGregor and Joby Harold.

Obi-Wan Kenobi is now streaming on Disney+.

Andor

Diego Luna made an appearance on the stage to a cheerful crowd. He was embracing the atmosphere and the crowd reacted with more cheers. The actor reprises his role as Cassian Andor from Rogue One, and he’ll be the lead in Andor, the upcoming Disney+ series that builds on the terror of the Empire. He was joined by creator and showrunner Tony Gilroy, executive producer Sanne Wohlenberg and Genevieve O’Reilly who reprises her role as Mon Mothma. The poster and teaser trailer debuted at the event.

Synopsis: Andor will explore an era filled with danger, deception and intrigue. Cassian Andor embarks on a path that will turn him into the rebel hero who will challenge the evil Galactic Empire.

Diego Luna returns as Cassian Andor and is joined by cast members Genevieve O’Reilly, Stellan Skarsgård, Adria Arjona, Denise Gough and Kyle Soller. The executive producers are Kathleen Kennedy, Sanne Wohlenberg, Diego Luna and Michelle Rejwan. Tony Gilroy is the creator and showrunner.

Andor launches exclusively on Disney+ on August 31, with the first two episodes.

Willow

Yes, we’re getting a live-action Willow series, and Warwick Davis will be back as the titular character. The series is based on the classic 1988 film by director Ron Howard. He will be back in the fantasy world as an executive producer. Howard and fellow executive producer Jonathan Kasdan arrived on the stage and surprised the crowd with Davis. They were later joined by cast members like Joanne Whalley (returning as Sorsha), Ruby Cruz, Ellie Bamber and Erin Kellyman. The teaser trailer was released during the presentation.

Synopsis: An epic period fantasy series with a modern sensibility set in an enchanted land of breathtaking beauty “Willow” features a diverse international cast with Jonathan Kasdan, Ron Howard, Wendy Mericle, Kathleen Kennedy, and Michelle Rejwan serving as executive producers. The story began with an aspiring magician from a Nelwyn village and an infant girl destined to unite the realms, who together helped destroy an evil queen and banish the forces of darkness. Now, in a magical world where brownies, sorcerers, trolls, and other mystical creatures flourish, the adventure continues, as an unlikely group of heroes set off on a dangerous quest to places far beyond their home, where they must face their inner demons and come together to save their world.

Willow premieres on November 30 on Disney+.

Ahsoka

Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni shared the stage to talk about how Ahsoka is now in production. Filoni said that he’s directing a few of the episodes and said that Rosario Dawson, who plays the titular character, is busy on the set. She sent a video greeting to the audience in her Ahsoka makeup and outfit.

Synopsis: Ahsoka will follow the former Jedi knight as she investigates an emerging threat to the vulnerable New Republic. The new series is scheduled for a 2023 release and will be exclusive to Disney+.

The Mandalorian Season 3

Favreau and Filoni then brought the topic to The Mandalorian Season 3, and they introduced Katee Sackhoff, who will be back as Bo-Katan.

ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA – MAY 26: Katee Sackhoff attends the studio showcase panel at Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, California on May 26, 2022. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)

A sneak peek was shown for Season 3. One of the highlights is seeing Bo-Katan sitting on her throne and looking unhappy.

As for Din Djarin, he will try to redeem himself after he removed his helmet and lost his right to be a Mandalorian. He will need the help of Bo-Katan. We see the return of a few characters including Carl Weathers as Greef Karga. He seems to be moving up in the world with his fancy new clothes.

There’s also a shot of Bo-Katan kicking ass. She says to Grogu, “Did you think your dad was the only Mandalorian?”

Jon Favreau announced The Mandalorian Experience, an exhibit filled with props, costumes and sets from the show at Star Wars Celebration. Here’s a short video of the Mandalorian with Grogu waving at us below.

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Synopsis: The Mandalorian and Grogu are reunited and continue their journey, facing enemies and rallying allies as they make their way through a dangerous galaxy in the tumultuous era after the collapse of the Galactic Empire.

Season 3 of The Mandalorian premieres on Disney+ in February 2023, and is executive produced by Jon Favreau, Dave Filoni, Rick Famuyiwa, Kathleen Kennedy and Colin Wilson.

Star Wars: Skeleton Crew

Favreau and Filoni had another surprise for Star Wars Celebration with a new Star Wars series on Disney+ called Star Wars: Skeleton Crew. They brought out the series creators Jon Watts (Spider-Man: No Way Home) and Christopher Ford (Spider-Man: Homecoming), who will be joining as executive producers.

The show will be set in the New Republic era. It follows a group of kids lost in the galaxy of Star Wars and trying to find their way home. Filoni eased older fans by saying it will still be dark and that even his animated shows have dismemberments and etc. Watts and Ford announced that Jude Law will be starring in the series. Skeleton Crew will be premiering on Disney+ in 2023.

Indiana Jones

During Lucasfilm’s Studio Showcase, John Williams led a performance for the Obi-Wan Kenobi theme. He then surprised audiences with a performance of the Indiana Jones theme. Afterward, Harrison Ford showed up as he honored Williams on his 90th birthday which was truly heartfelt. He also made a joke about how the theme song will forever follow him wherever he goes. This was a nice segue to promoting the upcoming fifth Indiana Jones film. Director James Mangold, Katheleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall also joined the stage.

There was no footage, but there was a photo released of a silhouette of Indiana Jones on another adventure. Williams has scored the previous Indiana Jones films. He will be scoring the upcoming film, which opens on June 30, 2023.

About Indiana Jones 5: Harrison Ford returns to the role of the legendary hero archaeologist for this fifth installment of the iconic franchise. Starring along with Ford are Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Mads Mikkelsen, Antonio Banderas, Boyd Holbrook, Shaunette Renee Wilson, Thomas Kretschmann and Toby Jones. The film is directed by James Mangold, with Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall and Simon Emanuel serving as producers, and Steven Spielberg as executive producer.

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