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Jon Watts Star Wars Series Will Be Galactic Coming-of-Age Adventure with ’80s Flavor

Today, Variety released a large feature on the present and future state of Star Wars. It clarified that the proposed Rian Johnson movie trilogy is now on the backburner, but it also revealed other things — such as “Grammar Rodeo.” That’s the codename (and a reference to The Simpsons) for the Star Wars series being created by Spider-Man: Homecoming director Jon Watts and writer Chris Ford, and Variety says the show will be “a galactic version of classic Amblin coming-of-age adventure films of the ’80s.” Lucasfilm is currently casting for four children in the 11-12ish age range.

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Amblin is the film production company founded by Steven Spielberg that has made movies like E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Gremlins, The Goonies, and Back to the Future. It’s not overly difficult to imagine how you could apply Star Wars energy to a movie like The Goonies. This coming-of-age Star Wars series will take place after Return of the Jedi, like with The Mandalorian, but no plot details have been divulged. (The featured image for this article is the cover of The Lost City of the Jedi, which felt like it captured the right vibe.)

Meanwhile, Lucasfilm is continuing to work on its Ahsoka series, which Ewan McGregor has confirmed will feature his wife, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, in some capacity. Series plot details are not confirmed, but the assumption is that it will delve into what happened to Grand Admiral Thrawn after his appearance in Star Wars: Rebels. The Acolyte also continues development, helmed by Russian Doll co-creator Leslye Headland, and it will take place a century prior to The Phantom Menace amid The High Republic.

And of course, more The Mandalorian is coming, plus the imminent release of Obi-Wan Kenobi.


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