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Star Wars: Lost Stars and The High Republic getting the Disney+ treatment?

February 28th, 2022 by Marc Comments

It looks we have two new Star Wars Disney+ shows in the works to look forward to in the not too distant future.

First up, we have seen reports that Claudia Gray’s fan-favourite 2015 novel Lost Stars is set to become a new series and, if it follows the book – I have just picked up the Manga and am looking forward to diving in – will take place just after the Battle of Jakku, the remnants of which we see in The Force Awakens.

The reign of the Galactic Empire has reached the Outer Rim planet of Jelucan, where aristocratic Thane Kyrell and rural villager Ciena Ree bond over their love of flying. Enrolling at the Imperial Academy together to become fighter pilots for the glorious Empire is nothing less than a dream come true for the both of them. But Thane sours on the dream when he sees firsthand the horrific tactics the Empire uses to maintain its ironclad rule.

Bitter and disillusioned, Thane joins the fledgling Rebellion — putting Ciena in an unbearable position to choose between her loyalty to the Empire and her love for the man she’s known since childhood.

Now on opposite sides of the war, will these friends turned foes find a way to be together, or will duty tear them — and the galaxy — apart?

Word is the show will be animated and, while it came about after the success of Star Wars: Visions, it will not be in a Manga style but rather likely more traditional like Clone Wars or Resistance.

As of now, there’s no casting or further details to share.

Next up, we’ve learned that a new Star Wars series codenamed Grammar Rodeo is currently being sped into production. Little is known about this project but it’s not believed to be set during The Mandalorian/Book of Boba Fett era and it will likely film in the coming months in Manhattan Beach Studios according to Production Weekly.

This is not, according to reports, any of the shows we already know about but is a mysterious show in all ways.


But, what about that working title, Grammar Rodeo? well, it ‘could be a reference to The Simpsons. In the episode titled Bart on the Road, Bart and some of the other children trick their parents into letting them take a trip, with the kids telling the parents that they’re going to the ‘National Grammar Rodeo’. This would make sense if it has a younger cast and since The Simpsons is now also owned by Disney…

We also know that Lucasfilm is casting for a new series, and this is the breakdown:

  • Lucasfilm is looking for a young man to play 11 years old of any ethnicity to play “Wyatt”. Wyatt yearns for great adventures, but finds his attention easily diverted. He wishes to be the hero in any situation he finds himself in. Wyatt is described as a series regular.
  • Lucasfilm is looking for a young man to play 11 years old of any ethnicity to play “Ned”. Ned is described as Wyatt’s bashful best friend. Ned is kind with a massive heart, but also tends to be a rules follower. That being said, Ned often finds himself pulled into Wyatt’s adventures. Ned is described as a series regular.
  • Lucasfilm is also looking to cast a young actress or non-binary actor of any ethnicity to play 12 year old “Faye”. Faye is described as rebellious and extroverted, but at 12 years old they already have a chip on their shoulder. Faye is described as a series regular.
  • Lucasflim is also looking to cast a young woman to play 12 years old of any ethnicity to play “Kylie”. Kylie is Faye’s best friend and is described as serious, intelligent, and keeps her emotions guarded, behind a wall. Kylie is also a series regular.
  • It looks like this mystery Star Wars series is also looking to cast a man in his 30s to 40s as a series regular, but we haven’t been able to learn much more than that about this character.

Could this be a High Republic series?

We’re hearing that it may well be a new series set in the period of the High Republic which is currently a massive time period being explored in novels and comics – see video above – and, we guess, it’s only a matter of time before it reaches other media… and this may be it.

The High Republic sees a Jedi Order at the height of its power, with Jed throughout the galaxy bringing peace and justice while teaching a whole new generation… this is, as the movie says, before the dark times, before the Empire. This would make sense given what we’re hearing of the casting… a group of younglings and a Jedi Master, perhaps caught out on a lone adventure?

On top this, we’re also hearing that Spider-man: No Way Home director Jon Watts is directing at least one episode of the series. Hey, you can’t blame the guy for wanting in on that Star Wars action.

So, it looks like Star Wars is to be explored in an ongoing way in different eras and in live-action and animation… and that’s just fine with us.


Sources: That Hashtag Show, Cinelinx, Illuminerdi, Discussing Film

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….