A new Star Wars series is coming to Disney Plus. The streaming service ordered Star Wars: The Bad Batch, an animated show that is a spinoff to the recently-concluded The Clone Wars.
Star Wars: The Bad Batch follows the elite and experimental clones of the Bad Batch, who were first introduced in Clone Wars. The unique squad, who vary genetically from their brothers in the Clone Army, are finding their way in a rapidly changing galaxy in the aftermath of the Clone War.
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Members of Bad Batch each possess a singular exceptional skill — such as enhanced eyesight or increased strength — 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. That means Star Wars: The Bad Batch takes place between Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels.
The Mandalorian's executive producer Dave Filoni is one of the Bad Batch's EPs. Filoni has become a key part of shepherding Star Wars storytelling. Brad Rau (Star Wars Rebels) will be the show's supervising director and Jennifer Corbett (Star Wars Resistance) will be head writer.
"Giving new and existing fans the final chapter of ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ has been our honor at Disney+, and we are overjoyed by the global response to this landmark series,” said Agnes Chu, senior vice president, Content, Disney+. “While the Clone Wars may have come to its conclusion, our partnership with the groundbreaking storytellers and artists at Lucasfilm Animation is only beginning. We are thrilled to bring Dave Filoni’s vision to life through the next adventures of the Bad Batch.”
The Bad Batch is Disney Plus' newest Star Wars television project. The Mandalorian season 2 is due out this fall. Plus, a Cassian Andor spinoff of Rogue One and an Obi-Wan Kenobi show are in the works. There's also a female-centric Star Wars series being developed by Russian Doll co-creator Leslye Headland.
Here's everything we know about Star Wars: The Bad Batch:
Star Wars: The Bad Batch release date
Star Wars: The Bad Batch has a release date of 2021 on Disney Plus. There's no specific month or season, but we'd put our money on the latter half of 2021.
Since it's animated, The Bad Batch isn't as subject to social distancing requirements stemming from the coronavirus pandemic, which shut down many Hollywood film and TV productions.
Star Wars: The Bad Batch cast
Disney Plus hasn't revealed any voice cast members of The Bad Batch.
Since the show is set between Clone Wars and Rebels, it's possible that actors from either series makes an appearance.
That could include Matt Lanter as Anakin Skywalker, James Arnold Taylor as Obi-Wan Kenobi, Ashley Eckstein as Ahsoka Tano, Freddie Prinze Jr. as Kanan Jarrus and Forest Whitaker as Saw Gerrera.
Star Wars: The Bad Batch plot
The Bad Batch focuses on Clone Force 99, who were introduced at the beginning of Clone Wars season 7. Each of the elite clones has been genetically modified with enhanced skills.
"The Bad Batch themselves, that was all right from [George Lucas]," Filoni told Entertainment Weekly. "He wanted to explore this idea that there were clones that were a little bit more unique from one another that were like a special forces unit that had enhanced skills. And so the trick for those characters is really making them feel special in what their abilities could be, but not making them superheroes. Wrecker should not be the Hulk, even though we love the Hulk and those types of stories. That's not what Star Wars is. So we had to keep it all kind of within the reality of Star Wars."
A team of elite fighters with unique and special skills? Sounds like Lucasfilm took a page from corporate sibling Marvel's book.
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