Star Wars FIRST LOOK images offer a glimpse into the new series

A sneak peek at the new Star Wars series has been offered ahead of a string of releases later this year, including Obi-Wan Kenobi, Andor and Ahsoka.

A cover image for the June issue of Vanity Fair features rogue jedi Obi-Wan [Ewan McGregor], who has spent exile Tatooine, Cassian Andor [Diego Luna], Ahsoka [Rosario Dawson] and The Mandalorian [Pedro Pascal].

The publication teased the ‘master plan’ for the host of new shows, many of which are launching later this year on streaming service Disney+, which purchased Lucasfilm in 2012.

Cover story: A sneak peek at the new Star Wars series has been offered ahead of a string of releases later this year, including Obi-Wan Kenobi, Andor and Ahsoka

Cover story: A sneak peek at the new Star Wars series has been offered ahead of a string of releases later this year, including Obi-Wan Kenobi, Andor and Ahsoka

The actors were all dressed in character in a powerful image taken by photographer Annie Leibovitz, as Ewan’s Obi-Wan posed with his blue lightsaber.

An inside image shows Pedro in his Mandalorian armor and carrying a helmet under his arm, while Rosario’s Ahsoka wilded two light sabers. 

Discussing Disney’s ambitious multi-year plan to expand the Star Wars universe,  Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said that the franchise is uniquely ‘one story’.

High hopes: The publication teased the 'master plan' for the host of new shows, many of which are launching later this year on streaming service Disney+, which purchased Lucasfilm in 2012

High hopes: The publication teased the ‘master plan’ for the host of new shows, many of which are launching later this year on streaming service Disney+, which purchased Lucasfilm in 2012

She said: ‘George was always dealing with episodes. Ironically, he was serializing his storytelling. He was influenced by Flash Gordon and cliff-hangers on Saturdays at movie theaters. 

‘All of that informed what the DNA of Star Wars is, which is why I think it’s just organic that we made the transition into television.’

Kathleen’s first port of call after taking over the Star Wars empire – which was previously builty soley on films – was launching a fresh triology to rejuvenate the fanbase.

Three short years later, Han, Leia and Luke returned to the big screen in J.J. Abrams’s The Force Awakens, which launched Daisy Ridley’s character Rey.

It also sparked the arrival of storm trooper Finn, the X-wing hotshot Poe Dameron, and the brooding Sith wannabe Kylo Ren.

While Rian Johnson took over for the 2017 sequel The Last Jedi, JJ returned for the final chapter in 2019 for the The Rise of Skywalker.

Following the release of the three films, Star Wars went on somewhat of a ‘hiatus’, as Kathleen recalled how they went back to ‘regroup and rethink. 

He's back! Ewan will reprise his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi in the upcoming series

He’s back! Ewan will reprise his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi in the upcoming series

All this led to ‘the hiatus,’ a fallow spot in the Star Wars film landscape that Kennedy announced in early 2019, months before The Rise of Skywalker even debuted.

She said: ‘We all recognized, every single one of us, that this was a new chapter for the company and that we needed to all work together to create the architecture for where we were going.’

While releasing the triology, Disney had also been churning out stand alone movies including Rogue One and Solo: A Star Wars Story.

Kathleen admitted how they wanted to scrap the annual deadline and reconsider the way they were bringing out films and potential TV series.

Fierce: An inside image shows Pedro in his Mandalorian armor and carrying a helmet under his arm, while Rosario's Ahsoka wilded two light sabers

Fierce: An inside image shows Pedro in his Mandalorian armor and carrying a helmet under his arm, while Rosario’s Ahsoka wilded two light sabers

She said: ‘Anyone who comes into the Star Wars universe needs to know that it’s a three, four, five-year commitment,’ she says.

‘That’s what it takes. You can’t step in for a year and shoot something and then walk away…. It requires that kind of nurturing.’

Kathleen claimed that is the kind of dedication Jon Favreau came with when he put forward an idea to write a show about The Mandalorians.

However his idea hit a bump in the road because as Kathleen informed him, a similar show was already being scripted by Dave Filoni.

She recalled arranging a ‘playdate’ for the producers who ‘got on like a house on fire’ and managed to merge their ideas to eventually create the Mandalorian. 

Back in action! Kathleen's first port of call after taking over the Star Wars empire - which was previously builty soley on films - was launching a fresh triology to rejuvenate the fanbase

Back in action! Kathleen’s first port of call after taking over the Star Wars empire – which was previously builty soley on films – was launching a fresh triology to rejuvenate the fanbase

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