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New details on Leslye Headland’s female-centric Disney+ Star Wars series

November 11th, 2020 by Marc Comments

Following on from our report in April that a new female-centric Star Wars series incoming from Russian Doll showrunner Leslye Headland, we now have some more details about it.

It seems that yes, as confirmed before the Disney+ series will indeed be female-centered and yes, it will be written and show run by Headland but we also now know that it will have elements of martial arts (Jedi duels?) but we also got a teasing piece of information that the series would be set “in an alternate timeline from the usual Star Wars universe” and will be separate from other Star Wars projects.

Now, I have to assume this is a poor choice of words as an alternate timeline would suggest that Star Wars is set to have a multiverse aspect to it, similar to what DC and Marvel are aiming to do or – and this is very unlikely – it’s totally unconnected and is akin to Genndy Tartakovsky’s 2003 Clone Wars series which has now been deemed no longer canon.

“I would say it’s in a pocket of the universe and a pocket of the timeline that we don’t know much about,” Headland said about the series.

“That’s what I can say! There’s going to be some things we haven’t discussed in the canon yet. There are going to be some characters you don’t know about. It’s about going on a journey through the Star Wars universe.”

That seems to clear it up – it’s not standalone, but rather completely new to the known Star Wars story.

Headland is keen to point out that she has been boning up on her Star Wars mythology: “I was already a big fan of Star Wars. Growing up I was a huge fan, but with the advent of YouTube, that’s when I started to really started to get more into Star Wars again. Because I was in my early 20s when the prequels came out, I went to see them, but I didn’t get immersed in them as with the original trilogy when I was a kid. Because then I was reading Timothy Zahn books and getting more into it.

“But I realised there was this whole other world going on that I didn’t realise, and through YouTube I got introduced to Clone Wars and Dave Filoni and started to consume the comics and video games. The fandom was my way back into it, I got back in around the time of the Disney acquisition and I knew we’d start to get more Star Wars.”

Are you excited for this new show? What part of the Star Wars lore do you think it will explore? Let me know all your thoughts, gang…

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….