Ready for a new Star Wars film? One that doesn’t have Skywalkers in it? Disney’s Rogue Squadron, helmed by Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins, is slated for 2023. And it looks promising as a way to refresh the film franchise after some notorious prequel and sequel missteps.
The future has been uncertain for the Star Wars franchise ever since its fandom split down the middle over the strongly different visions of directors J.J. Abrams and Rian Johnson. (Kind of like Rebellion vs. Empire.) Messy, disjointed storytelling and questionable treatment of characters of color didn’t help either. For a minute, Disney pressed pause to give themselves time to figure out what to do next.
After all, no one wants to miss out on the financial juggernaut that is the Star Wars franchise for very long.
So, it’s not a surprise that Disney would find a new movie to promote eventually. What is a bit of a surprise—and a pleasant one—is that the new movie in the works is a film that focuses not on Jedi, but on the coolest team of fighter pilots in the Galaxy.
Yes, you heard us… We’re talking about Rogue Squadron, the band of starfighter pilots that first popped up in The Empire Strikes Back. Made up originally of hotshot rebels like Luke Skywalker and Wedge Antilles, the Rogue Squadron featured in several popular Expanded Universe novels back in the 1990s.
Disney’s new film will look at an updated version of the squadron. Set in the future beyond the events in The Rise of Skywalker, the new Rogue Squadron gives filmmakers a true fresh start in a lot of ways. Instead of the Jedi vs. Sith melodrama that has caused fits of flawed storytelling and dissatisfied fans in its wake, Rogue Squadron highlights a new generation of starfighter pilots earning their wings and risking their lives.
Audiences can expect a high-speed thrill ride, with great aerial fight scenes set in space. That’s one of the things that made the very first Star Wars film, A New Hope, such a game-changer in its day. So in a way, Rogue Squadron is going back to the very roots of the franchise just as much as it reaches beyond it.
Here’s to hoping Disney pulls it off. In the meantime, check out the official teaser trailer for Rogue Squadron below.