Back in 2020, Lucasfilm announced a bevy of Star Wars projects. One of those projects was a spin-off of the hit Disney+ series, The Mandalorian, and was titled, Rangers of the New Republic. Little details on Rangers were ever released, besides that it’ll be produced by Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni, a given as it was planned to be part of their ‘MandoVerse’, and that one of the stars of the series was to be Gina Carano, who played Cara Dune in the first two season of The Mandalorian.
We all know what happened with Rangers, it was scrapped in 2021 after Carano exited the Star Wars universe and role as Cara Dune. Ultimately some of the planned plot points from Rangers of the New Republic was absorbed into the third season of The Mandalorian which was confirmed by Lucasfilm president, Kathleen Kennedy. Though we don’t know what plot points in the third season of The Mandalorian came from the scrapped Rangers series, we can probably all assume the same handful.
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The Mandalorian has successfully spawned two additional spin-off series, The Book of Boba Fett and Ahsoka, with another waiting in the wings, Skeleton Crew, which fans likely won’t see released until November 2024 which I exclusively reported in September and was backed up by MakingStarWars two weeks ago. The Book of Boba Fett went onto become a hit for Lucasfilm and Disney+, gaining great viewing figures and birthed some social media buzz worthy moments, but does not have a follow up season in sight. Ahsoka had respectable viewing figures, but didn’t live up to the success of The Mandalorian or The Book of Boba Fett, though there’s been far more talk of a second season of Ahsoka than there has The Book of Boba Fett, though there’s been no official word from Lucasfilm or Disney in regards to Ahsoka getting a second season, the line coming out through the trades since the series concluded in October is that a second season is being and has been discussed, though it has not been greenlit.
Now that we’re two months removed from the Ahsoka finale and there’s still been no word on if the series will receive a second season, some fans have speculated if Ahsoka doesn’t get a renewal, will fans see plot points planned for the second season interwoven into other ‘MandoVerse’ series just as plot points from Rangers of the New Republic bled into the third season of The Mandalorian. However this reportedly won’t be the case for The Mandalorian season four.
Reliable Star Wars insider and reporter, MakingStarWars, took to the subreddit StarWarsNews to share some tidbits from Skeleton Crew (BMX Speeder bikes, Walkie Talkie’s and the names of two characters) and opted to include a tidbit relating to the fourth season of The Mandalorian. MSW shared that a singular source of his connected to the next season of The Mandalorian informed him that there are no plans for planned plot points of Ahsoka season two to be absorbed into the fourth season of The Mandalorian, amid worries amongst some fans that Ahsoka won’t receive a second season as one has yet to be announced.
As we’re referring to The Mandalorian season four as a season and not a film, it was said by MakingStarWars yesterday during a live-stream of his podcast that he’s heard from sources that The Mandalorian season four is still planned as a season of TV and is not being transformed into a movie as reported by Jeff Sneider on Friday. I was planning to include it an article I had planned to release this week that I had heard from sources (separate from those tied to MakingStarWars) that season four of Mando is not a movie and that it’s currently moving forward as a TV series.
On Friday, Jeff Sneider, who’s been reliable with Star Wars information in the past, reported that he had heard from a Disney source that The Mandalorian season four was being transformed into a movie. Sneider said he previously shot down the idea in the Summer when MakingStarWars reported that Disney were simply considering the idea, that it was merely an option and that it was dependent on how badly production on The Mandalorian and other Star Wars projects were impacted by the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes. MakingStarWars shared that he believes Sneider is working on out dated information at this time and that The Mandalorian season four is not being turned into movie, something I too have heard from separate sources as I mentioned earlier in this article. I’m currently still hearing that the next planned Star Wars movie to release in cinemas is the Daisy Ridley led new Jedi Order movie and that The Mandalorian season four will release in 2025 on Disney+ – just as I reported months ago.
Personally I still expect a season two of Ahsoka, not from any insider knowledge, but to paraphrase Finn from the Star Wars sequel trilogy, ‘it’s a feeling.’ If Ahsoka didn’t receive a second season, I wouldn’t expect some of its plot points to be absorbed by The Mandalorian season four, just from the fact it’s supposed to shoot sometime early next year, but I could see those planned plot points winding up in The Mandalorian crossover event film set to be directed by Dave Filoni.
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