Patty Jenkins to helm the next Star Wars film

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Get yourself into Attack Pattern Delta, because Christmas 2023 will see a new Star Wars film based on the flying heroics of the galaxy’s finest space aces.

There’s always been an enduring interest in the space battles of Star Wars, especially the original trilogy’s aerial dogfights between X-wings and TIE fighters. Even as recently as this year, EA’s newly-released console game Star Wars Squadrons elected to use this era of space combat when developing a game about space combat in the franchise.

Lucasfilm is looking to make capital on that interest with the announcement of its next film in the Star Wars universe, the first movie to attempt to course correct and salvage some goodwill from audiences following the tepid response to 2019’s The Rise Of Skywalker. Even with the franchise lying dormant for a year, cinematically at least, the reputation of Star Wars films and Lucasfilm have continued to suffer following incendiary comments from star John Boyega about the studio’s tokenistic attitude towards progressive values.

Yesterday’s investor call for Disney revealed some of its plans then for the future of Star Wars in cinemas, with the unveiling of Star Wars: Rogue Squadron. It’s due to arrive with us by Christmas 2023.

Patty Jenkins, director of the upcoming Wonder Woman 1984 will direct, although where she will now fit in her commitments to the big-budget Cleopatra movie starring Gal Gadot is presently unclear.

In the Star Wars universe, Rogue Squadron are the Rebel Alliance’s version of Top Gun, the aerial ‘best of the best’ who take on daring missions, much like an airborne version of The Dirty Dozen. Previous series of comic and books have been published about the group, as well as at least a couple of thrilling Nintendo 64 games (although these are now considered ‘legacy’ material and no longer canon). The group’s single-named appearance in the films was when they flew snowspeeders to protect the evacuation of Hoth in 1980’s The Empire Strikes Back.

Rogue Squadron joins Taiki Waititi’s planned yet still untitled Star Wars film, along with the also announced A Droid Story, although that one will be going straight to Disney+.

More as we hear it.

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