After the divisive sequel trilogy movies, Disney+ Star Wars series, The Mandalorian was a breath of fresh air for many. The first season focused on new stories which ensured that new people will be able to watch without knowing Star Wars lore in full detail. However, the show took a sharp turn into fan service with season 2. However, it still performed well and was able to keep its audience engaged.
But these nostalgia trips can backfire big time as they might fail to draw in international audiences. After all, streaming nowadays is expanding outside of the US and so the big streamers are looking to create content that will engage international audiences. So if Star Wars wants to succeed internationally as well as continue to draw in new audiences in the US, then Lucasfilm will have to strike a balance between old characters and new ones.
But according to film scooper Daniel Richtman, Lucasfilm actually wants the opposite.
Richtman says that Lucasfilm actually is looking forward to introducing more characters from the movies into the Mandoverse. Also, this scoop seems to be true because all of the shows that are spinning off from The Mandalorian feature familiar faces.
Actually, if we look at the entire Disney+ Star Wars roster for now, then an overwhelming majority of the shows are based on characters who have already appeared before in movies and elsewhere.
In terms of shows which feature old characters who have already appeared before, we have Obi-Wan Kenobi, Lando, and The Book of Boba Fett upfront. But that’s not it. Along with this, there’s also the Ahsoka Tano show and the Andor show. After all, we have been seeing Tano for years now and Andor (about Rogue One’s Cassian Andor) is actually a true prequel spinoff of a… prequel spinoff.
As for new faces, there’s The Acolyte by Leslye Headland. After all, much of the excitement about it is the fact that… we don’t know much about it. Also, there is the fact that this show will be exploring a rarely seen Star Wars timeline in live-action.
Now the question is- is this a sustainable business model? After all, isn’t Lucasfilm afraid of creative bankruptcy? This is because according to us, striking a balance between old and new characters is the path to success. However, we are very interested in seeing how Lucasfilm’s plan of focusing only on movie characters will pan out in the future. Hopefully, it will bear the fruits of success that Lucasfilm wants.