The Force will be strong with the 'Star Wars: The Bad Batch' animated series launching May 4
(and "The Mandalorian") along with Dee Bradley Baker ("Star Wars Rebels"), the baddest of the bad from Clone Force 99 will attack in Executive Producer Dave Filoni's spinoff show for Star Wars Day on May the 4th exclusively on Disney Plus. Lucasfilm and The Walt Disney Company have provided premiere details on the bold new animated series "Star Wars: The Bad Batch," which will officially debut its first episode on May 4, that most gloriously geeky day, with the sophomore episode launching on May 7. The animated series "Star Wars: The Bad Batch" launches on May 4, 2021. Related: The best Disney Plus movies and shows for Star Wars fans"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 ("Star Wars Resistance") as producer. "Star Wars: The Bad Batch" charges onto Disney Plus starting on May 4.space.com
Disney+ tops 100 million subscribers just 16 months after launch
Disney+ has topped 100 million global subscribers. On Tuesday Disney CEO Bob Chapek revealed the streaming service surpassed the benchmark in just 16 months since its launch. The company expects Disney+ will have 230 million to 260 million subscribers by 2024. The streaming service has seen rapid growth in subscribers since its launch in November 2019. On day one, the company had 10 million sign-ups and, by the end of the first quarter, the service had secured 26.5 million subscribers.cnbc.com
Disney just showed what a post-pandemic economy will look like
Like many other companies during the pandemic, Disney has been forced to go digital faster than expected. Disney unveiled late last year a slew of new content tied to those franchises, much of which will be exclusive to Disney+. As soon as one season ends, there'll be something new for fans to watch and keep them glued to their Disney+ subscription. Disney's digital shift is an early glimpse at what a post-pandemic world will look like. If you want to understand what the post-pandemic economy will be like, look no further than Disney's changes during the pandemic.cnbc.com
"Mandalorian" actress Gina Carano dropped by Lucasfilm and talent agency after controversial tweets
The actress, who plays Cara Dune on the "Star Wars" TV series, has been dropped by Lucasfilm, and thus the sci-fi franchise as a whole. "Gina Carano is not currently employed by Lucasfilm and there are no plans for her to be in the future," a Lucasfilm spokesperson told Entertainment Tonight on Wednesday. "Nevertheless, her social media posts denigrating people based on their cultural and religious identities are abhorrent and unacceptable." Carano's termination from the series comes a day after the actress shared two controversial political posts to social media that generated swift backlash among fans. "Jews were beaten in the streets, not by Nazi soldiers but by their neighbors…even by children.cbsnews.com
Gina Carano fired from 'Mandalorian' after social media post
FILE - This Oct. 19, 2019, file photo shows Gina Carano at the Disney Plus launch event promoting "The Mandalorian" at the London West Hollywood hotel in West Hollywood, Calif. In a statement Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021, Lucasfilm said Carano is no longer a part of The Mandalorian cast after many online called for her firing over a social media post that likened the experience of Jews during the Holocaust to the U.S. political climate. (Photo by Mark Von Holden/Invision/AP, File)LOS ANGELES – Lucasfilm says Gina Carano is no longer a part of “The Mandalorian” cast after many online called for her firing over a social media post that likened the experience of Jews during the Holocaust to the U.S. political climate. “Nevertheless, her social media posts denigrating people based on their cultural and religious identities are abhorrent and unacceptable," the statement read. She also mocked the use of gender pronouns, listing “beep/bop/boop" in her social media bio.
Lego wants to see your 'Star Wars' holiday creations
"Share a photo of your Lego Star Wars holiday designs on Instagram or Twitter with #LEGOStarWarsHolidayContest, and one grand prize winner will be selected to receive the Lego "Star Wars" Millennium Falcon set and a FIRST Lego League team or classroom registration," the press release stated. The best Star Wars Lego sets of 2020: Great deals and moreGet your #LEGOStarWars sets ready for the holiday season by adding some festive builds! Four runners-up will be selected to receive Lego Star Wars The Child (aka "Baby Yoda" from "The Mandalorian"), Lego Star Wars Poe Dameron's X-wing Fighter (a popular character from the sequel series of 2015-2019), and various Lego Star Wars vehicle sets from different franchise eras: the Sith TIE Fighter, the AT-AT and The Razor Crest. #ForceForChange @FIRSTweets & @LEGO_Group ask fans to reimagine LEGO bricks into Star Wars holiday builds. Today's best Lego Star Wars The Razor Crest and deals Recommended Retailer Lego Star Wars The Razor Crest LEGO $129.99 View LEGO Star Wars: The... Amazon $237.93 ViewFollow Elizabeth Howell on Twitter @howellspace.space.com
'The Book of Boba Fett' is its own series, will arrive on Disney+ in December 2021
Boba Fett is officially getting his own Disney+ series. On Friday, a post credit scene during the finale of season two of "The Mandalorian" teased that Temuera Morrison and Ming-Na Wen would return as Boba Fett and Fennec Shand in a spinoff called "The Book of Boba Fett." On Monday, Disney confirmed via social media that it would be an original series and arrive on Disney+ in December 2021. "The Book of Boba Fett" will be set within the timeline of "The Mandalorian" and will be executive produced by Jon Favreau, Dave Filoni and Robert Rodriguez. The addition of "The Book of Boba Fett" brings the total tally of new Star Wars projects coming to Disney+ to 10.cnbc.com
'The Mandalorian' Season 2 finale has thrills, spills and a surprise no one saw coming
Watching the Dark Troopers in action was mesmerizing and the VFX was beautifully understated. It's really great to see the Dark Troopers in action, especially in numbers operating as a platoon. They close the blast doors leading to the bridge and the Dark Troopers begin their attempt to breach the blockade. Suddenly, the Dark Troopers cease their attempts to access the bridge, instead they turn and ready their blasters. We see on the security camera monitors that this mysterious individual is making extremely short work of the squad Dark Troopers, with a lightsaber no less.space.com
'The Mandalorian' launched Disney+, now it has the goodwill to usher in a new era of Star Wars
After two seasons, the show has reignited faith in the Star Wars franchise. Over the next few years, the streaming service will be home to nearly a dozen Star Wars shows, both live action and animated. He is responsible for much of the canonical events and characters in the Star Wars universe over the last decade. Star Wars is for everyone"The Mandalorian" doesn't shy away from its source material, regardless of its form. Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi in "Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith."cnbc.com
Original 'Star Wars' Boba Fett actor Jeremy Bulloch dies at 75
(Image credit: John Phillips/Getty Images)Jeremy Bulloch, the actor who originally portrayed bounty hunter Boba Fett in the first "Star Wars" trilogy (1977-1983), died Thursday (Dec. 17) at age 75. Related: The Greatest 'Star Wars' Villains of All TimeBut Bulloch's iconic performance as Fett still stays with fans and remains as an influence on the "Star Wars" franchise, especially sticking with the actors who worked with him during his long career. "Jeremy Bulloch was the quintessential English gentleman," Mark Hamill, the long-time "Star Wars" actor who starred as Luke Skywalker in the original trilogy and the sequel trilogy (2015-2019), said on Twitter . Fett's most memorable moment on screen is arguably when he froze "Star Wars" hero Han Solo in carbonite in "The Empire Strikes Back" (1980). Bulloch also made brief appearances in other "Star Wars" roles: a minor role in the widely lampooned "Star Wars Holiday Special" (1978), as Imperial officer Lieutenant Sheckil in "The Empire Strikes Back" (1983) and as Captain Colton in "Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith" (2005), Deadline said.space.com
'The Mandalorian' Season 2's penultimate episode sets up for a thrilling finale
And that high standard of "The Mandalorian" continues this week, with the penultimate Season 2 installment entitled, "Chapter 15: The Believer." (Image credit: Lucasfilm/Disney Plus)They want Mayfeld, using his knowledge of the Imperial network, to find the coordinates of Moff Gideon's command cruiser. (Image credit: Lucasfilm/Disney Plus)They can hear over the radio other Juggernauts being attacked and destroyed and they start to wonder what it is exactly that they face up ahead. (Image credit: Lucasfilm/Disney Plus)For one thing, as astute Reddit user JBlitzen points out, there is some incredibly subtle acting on the part of Pascal. (Image credit: Lucasfilm/Disney Plus)They break through a window to escape out onto a ledge overlooking a very large dam.space.com
Disney+ emerges as an early winner of streaming wars, expects up to 260 million subscribers by 2024
Disney said on Thursday evening it's forecasting Disney+ will have 230 million to 260 million subscribers by 2024. It shows the rapid growth of Disney+ and that Disney is emerging as one of the early winners of the streaming wars. When Disney+ launched 13 months ago, Disney said it expected the platform to reach 60 million to 90 million subscriptions by 2024. As of Thursday evening, it had already closed in on the high-end of that projection, with 86.8 million Disney+ subscribers. Disney+ jumped from 33.5 million subscribers in its second quarter to 57.5 million by its third quarter.cnbc.com
The Mandalorian and Baby Yoda invade Fortnite for Chapter 2, Season 5
You can play the infamous Mandalorian bounty hunter from the "Star Wars" universe, complete with Baby Yoda, in a new season of Fortnite. The popular battle royale game is replete with Star Wars content in Season 2, Chapter 5, which debuted Wednesday (Dec. 2) along with the new Fortnite Crew subscription service. The Mandalorian is the first skin you'll unlock for playing the new season, and then the "Star Wars" content comes fast and furious. By the time you reach Level 8, you'll have a Mandalorian banner, a Star Wars-themed spray, a Mandalorian loading screen, a Baby Yoda emoticon, and a Razor Crest glider. And "Star Wars" is just part of the space content you'll receive in this season's battle pass.space.com
'The Mandalorian' slows the pace to deliver a thrilling, plot-packed episode with 'The Jedi'
(Morai first appeared in "Star Wars Rebels" and later in "The Clone Wars." Rumors abound that Ahsoka Tano might get a spin-off series so perhaps the mention of Thrawn sets that up? Dave Filoni was the co-creator of Ahsoka Tano, so a lot of care and attention went into her first live-action appearance. With the cinema industry struggling, it's safe to say that any future big-screen "Star Wars" projects are probably on hold. There are also a number of rumored Disney Plus projects, both animated and live-action including one that focuses on Ahsoka Tano.space.com
Save up to 50% on Star Wars Funko Pop! figures this Cyber Monday
Star Wars fans can relive some of the most famous scenes from the movies or display their favorite characters on their shelves with Funko Pop! figures make a wonderful gift if you're looking for something to impress a Star Wars fan, or you can grab them up for yourself. We've looked for the most popular characters and scenes in Funko's Star Wars repertoire. figuresMandalorian and The Child: $32.99 $24.88 at AmazonThe bounty hunter and his precious cargo are side by side in this Funko Pop! View DealCheck out our best Star Wars Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals here and don't miss our favorite Star Wars Lego sets for 2020!space.com
Lego's Star Wars D-O droid is 23% off for Cyber Monday
The beloved D-O droid from "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" (2019) is on sale for $54 for Cyber Monday. Fans can build the Lego Star Wars droid for display, reveling in features such as posable antennas, a tilting head, a built-in display stand and an information sign. For example, there is a "Lego Star Wars" version of Baby Yoda (aka the Child). Happily, there's lots of "Star Wars" content coming to theaters and the small screen in the coming years. Check out our best Star Wars Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals here and don't miss our favorite Star Wars Lego sets for 2020!space.com
The Mandalorian inadvertently uncovers a dark secret in season 2, episode 4 'The Siege'
Related: The Greatest 'Star Wars' Movie Plot Twists of All TimeThe Razor Crest has been remade more times than "A Christmas Carol." (Image credit: Disney Plus/Lucasfilm)We cut to what appears to be the Armorer's former beskarworks in the one-time underground stronghold for the Mandalorians on Nevarro. "The Mandalorian" is clearly made by people who love "Star Wars" and that makes it stand-out sci-fi. That has fascinated me since I was a child, and I love the idea of the darker, freakier side of 'Star Wars,' the 'Mad Max' aspect of 'Star Wars.'" (Image credit: Disney Plus/Lucasfilm)The adventures of our heroes that we created needed to be … scaled down just a little bit.space.com
'The Mandalorian' goes from strength to strength in 'Chapter 11: The Heiress'
Trask is a new addition to the "Star Wars" universe and already it looks gorgeous. (Image credit: Lucasfilm/Disney Plus)Djarin has arrived at what appears to be a large shanty town-style fishing port. Related: The Greatest 'Star Wars' Villains of All TimeAll-terrain crane; this one probably is inspired by the ship-to-shore cranes in Alameda docks. Ahsoka Tano is another important character from the expanded "Star Wars" universe, featuring prominently in "The Clone Wars" animated series. (Image credit: Lucasfilm/Disney Plus)With the exception of "Rogue One," "The Mandalorian" is probably the best thing to happen to "Star Wars" since the original trilogy.space.com
Disney Plus blows past expectations for its first year with 73.7 million subscribers
Just a year in, and Disney+ is quickly creeping up on Netflix , which reported more than 195 million subscribers in its most recent quarter. Disney announced Thursday that its platform surpassed 73.7 million subscribers . It's been exactly a year since Disney+ launched, and the streaming service has far outperformed expectations. And it only shot up from there, as the Covid-19 pandemic kept viewers indoors — Disney+ jumped from 33.5 million subscribers in its second quarter to 57.5 million by its third quarter. "We are tilting the scale pretty dramatically [toward streaming]," Disney CEO Bob Chapek told CNBC at the time.cnbc.com
'The Mandalorian' struggles with ice cavern-dwelling, carnivore, space spiders
He says that the individual who has this information will meet them at the hanger where the Razor Crest is parked. (Image credit: Disney Plus)The contact has the charming character name of Frog Lady (portrayed in costume by Misty Rosas with a voice performance by Dee Bradley Baker). Everything seems alright…until the ice underneath the ship gives way and the Razor Crest and everyone onboard plummets down into the cave below. (Image credit: Disney Plus)Meanwhile, Frog Lady has quietly tiptoed off to have a sneak spa in a hot spring that she's found. (Image credit: Disney Plus)Venturing outside, we see New Republic pilots Wolf and Teva have landed their X-wings and are giving the giant, drooling space spider both barrels.space.com
The Mandalorian' season 2 is landing on Disney Plus Friday
Season two of " The Mandalorian " lands on Disney Plus Friday (Oct. 30), so here's one final glimpse of what we can expect from the stoic space bounty hunter in a galaxy far, far away. It's clear that the Mandalorian needs the assistance of both Dune and Greef Karga (Carl Weathers) to help return The Child, a.k.a. Watch the first 'The Mandalorian' Season 2 trailer"The Mandalorian" returns to Disney Plus on Oct. 30 with the season two premiere. Season 2 of "The Mandalorian" premieres on Disney Plus on Oct.30. The first season of "The Mandalorian" is on Disney Plus, which is available for $6.99 per month or $69.99 per year in the US and in the U.K., it's £6 a month, or £60 a year.space.com
Lego's The Child set will let you build Baby Yoda from 'The Mandalorian'
Lego's The Child set will let you build your own Baby Yoda from "The Mandalorian" TV series on Disney Plus. Fans of "Star Wars" and Lego will soon be able to build the famous Baby Yoda from the TV series "The Mandalorian." Related: The best Lego Star Wars sets for 2020"The goal was to capture the charm, and above all, the cuteness of the character, so we worked meticulously, choosing and placing each and every brick. Image 1 of 14 (Image credit: Lego) Image 2 of 14 (Image credit: Lego) Image 3 of 14 (Image credit: Lego) Image 4 of 14 (Image credit: Lego) Image 5 of 14 (Image credit: Lego) Image 6 of 14 (Image credit: Lego) Image 7 of 14 (Image credit: Lego) Image 8 of 14 (Image credit: Lego) Image 9 of 14 (Image credit: Lego) Image 10 of 14 (Image credit: Lego) Image 11 of 14 (Image credit: Lego) Image 12 of 14 (Image credit: Lego) Image 13 of 14 (Image credit: Lego) Image 14 of 14 (Image credit: Lego)The new set will launch on the same day as the premiere of Season 2 of "The Mandalorian" on Disney Plus, Oct. 30. Today's best Lego The Mandalorian & the Child deals LEGO BrickHeadz Star Wars The... Amazon Prime $19.95 View Recommended Retailer Lego The Mandalorian & the... LEGO $19.99 View LEGO Star Wars The... Best Buy $19.99 View LEGO BrickHeadz Star Wars The... Kohl's $19.99 View Show More DealsFollow Elizabeth Howell on Twitter @howellspace.space.com
‘The Mandalorian’ Season 2, with all its Baby Yoda glory, premieres on October 30
ROANOKE, Va. – Just like the hero he is, Baby Yoda is coming to save 2020 when we need him most. Disney announced on Wednesday that its highly popular Star War series, “The Mandalorian,” will debut season two on October 30 on Disney Plus. New episodes start streaming Oct. 30 on #DisneyPlus. #TheMandalorian pic.twitter.com/8oruZ3oedx — The Mandalorian (@themandalorian) September 2, 2020The last episode of the first season aired in December 2019, and fans will be able to continue the story of the bounty hunter and The Child soon enough. Season one of this Star Wars spin-off series is currently available to stream on Disney Plus.
Disney Plus drops epic 'Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga' trailer for May the Fourth
"Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" arrives on Disney Plus for Star Wars Day today (May 4), putting all nine films from the Skywalker saga in one place for fans and yes, there is a trailer. To celebrate May the Fourth, Disney Plus unveiled an epic "Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga" video to mark the space opera's 43-year legacy. The 1-minute, 37-second trailer shows iconic scenes from the trilogy of "Star Wars" trilogies, starting with "A New Hope" and running through "Rise of Skywalker." Related: See more Lego 'Star Wars' sets for May the Fourth 2020Disney released "The Rise of Skywalker" on its Disney Plus subscription service two months early to complete the Skywalker saga of films in time for Star Wars Day, a fan celebration of the science fiction franchise. "With Disney+ the Force is with you always," the Skywalker saga trailer states.space.com
Taika Waititi will direct, co-write new Star Wars film for Disney
New Zealand director Taika Waititi poses in the press room with the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for "Jojo Rabbit" during the 92nd Oscars at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, California on February 9, 2020. BROWN / AFP) (Photo by FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images)Taika Waititi will return to the Star Wars universe. The Academy Award-winning writer of "Jojo Rabbit" is set to co-write and direct a future theatrical film for the franchise, Disney revealed on Monday. He also acted in and directed the finale episode of "The Mandalorian," the beloved Disney+ Star Wars show. Disney also announced that Leslye Headland ("Russian Doll") will develop a new, yet untitled, Star Wars series for Disney+.cnbc.com
Disney+ has a big fan: Netflix CEO Reed Hastings
A scene from "The Mandalorian," an original Star Wars TV series that will stream on Disney+. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings is a big fan of Disney+. Disney announced its flagship subscription video service, Disney+, has gained more than 50 million subscribers in just six months since the service debuted in November. Netflix announced today it had 183 million global customers, up 15 million subscribers in the first quarter. NBCUniversal's Peacock and AT&T's HBO Max, two other subscription video services, will debut throughout the U.S. in the coming months.cnbc.com
Disney shares jump as Disney+ subscriptions pass 50 million
Disney announced on Wednesday that Disney+, its new video service, now has more than 50 million subscribers. That's almost twice as many as Disney reported on February 4, when it said in its Q1 earnings that Disney+ reached 26.5 million subscribers during the quarter. Shares of Disney jumped as much as 7% on the news in after-hours trading. Netflix added 8.8 million net global subscribers during the fourth quarter of 2019, 8.33 million of whom were international subscribers. 60.4 million subscribers are in the U.S.Netflix launched its streaming service in 2007.cnbc.com
'The Mandalorian' casts Rosario Dawson as live-action Ahsoka Tano: Report
Ahsoka Tano, one-time padawan to Anakin Skywalker before he fell to the Dark Side, will return in live-action form in "The Mandalorian" season two on Disney Plus. Rosario Dawson has been cast as a live-action version of longrunning "Star Wars" animated character Ahsoka Tano Anankin Skywalker's Clone Wars-era Padawan for season two of "The Mandalorian" on the streaming service Disney Plus, SlashFilm reports. Citing "independent sources," SlashFilm states Dawson will appear in the role in "The Mandalorian" season two. Want to try Disney Plus? Sign up for the 7-day free trialRosario Dawson has reportedly been cast as the live-action version of Jedi padawan Ahsoka Tano in season two of "The Mandalorian" on Disney Plus.space.com
These baby Yoda memes are driving the internet crazy
Whether you’re a fan of “Star Wars” or not, we’re sure you have fallen prey to the baby Yoda craze that is sweeping social media. Thus, the baby Yoda craze was born, but we’re not complaining. Well, we’ve scoured the web looking for the best baby Yoda memes the internet had to offer. Every single baby Yoda meme has been me like HOWWW pic.twitter.com/z4yLusRgYv — scandal (@eskandalowithak) November 29, 201921. We know the internet is full of other baby Yoda memes, so share your favorite in the comments below.
New trailer for 'The Mandalorian' features big 'Star Wars' vibe
(CNN) - A new trailer has been released for "The Mandalorian," the original "Star Wars" series coming to Disney+. The "Star Wars" spinoff show is Lucasfilm's first live-action series. Jon Favreau writes and directs the series, set after the fall of the Empire but before the emergence of the First Order. The show, about a Mandalorian bounty hunter played by Pedro Pascal, debuts on November 12, the same date as the service's launch. The service will be the exclusive streaming home of films like "Captain Marvel," "Avengers: Endgame," "Frozen 2" and "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker."
'The Mandalorian' blurs line between movies, streaming
HOLLYWOOD, Calif. - The trailer for "The Mandalorian" -- the first live-action "Star Wars" TV series -- strikingly looks and feels like a movie ad. And that's just the way Disney and its new streaming service, Disney+, want it. Studios might leave some money on the table in the short term by funneling certain marquee projects to streaming. Still, the beauty of streaming is that the model provides, well, a steady stream of revenue. At the same time, those entering the streaming wars appear equally determined to bring their big guns to bear to help launch these services, or in Netflix and Amazon's cases, build, sustain them and protect their turf.
Obi-Wan Kenobi and 'The Mandalorian' bring the Force to Disney+
(CNN) - Obi-Wan Kenobi will bring the Force to Disney+, which -- along with the first trailer for "The Mandalorian" -- capped the studio's presentation for its new streaming service at the D23 Expo. That includes "The Mandalorian," the first live-action "Star Wars" series, which will make its debut when the service launches. Kennedy noted that the service would have access to all the movies, including the upcoming "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker," putting "over 40 years of 'Star Wars' storytelling in one place." Another series is in the works starring Diego Luna as the character he played in "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story." That brings to eight the total number of shows that the comic-book powerhouse is producing for Disney+, including several previously announced titles featuring Avengers characters.