If anything, Disney+ has been the ultimate streaming destination for one major group of fans: Star Wars fanatics. Dating back to the first-ever film made for the franchise, Star Wars: A New Hope in 1977, to the new second season of The Mandalorian, the streaming platform will now be home to another series. Set to be a spin-off of the highly successful The Clone Wars, Disney has ordered The Bad Batch for release in 2021.
Focussing on the titular ‘Bad Batch’, a group of “elite and experimental clones”, the series will follow the characters who will “take on daring mercenary missions as they struggle to stay afloat and find new purpose.”
“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 senior vice president of content at Disney+ Agnes Chu. “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.”
Clone Wars ran for six seasons between 2008 and 2014. The Bad Batch joins three live-action Star Wars films set to be dropped onto the service. One is believed to be focused on Cassian Andor, another on Obi-Wan with Ewan McGregor expected to reprise his role, and a woman-centric series by Russian Doll co-creator Leslye Headland.
Stay tuned for further developments.