The Mandalorian is one of the most-watched shows on Disney Plus, showing the hunger for more from the Star Wars universe. At the end of season two, the return of Luke Skywalker broke the internet, giving fans the moment they had been waiting for since Disney’s buyout of Lucasfilm in 2012. It appears the studio has taken note of that success, with its spin-off The Book of Boba Fett featuring a cameo from Mando himself in the latest episode. There are even rumours that Han Solo could be making an appearance later in the show. Bringing old characters back is now the aim of the game and another veteran of the franchise has confirmed his arrival.
Star Wars is made up of countless iconic characters, with the original trilogy introducing fans to numerous beloved creations. The main heroes, Luke, Han, and Leia all returned in JJ Abrams’ The Force Awakens, giving audiences that sought-after hit of nostalgia that is so popular now.
They were joined by R2-D2 and C-3PO, the lovable, bickering droids that were the consistent through-line in George Lucas’ original six-film saga. In fact, they appeared in ten films overall, including the whole sequel trilogy and Gareth Edwards spin-off Rogue One in a small cameo.
Now, one of them is returning again – C-3PO. The star behind the character Anthony Daniels recently teased his comeback in an Instagram post. He shared an image of himself in a mo-cap suit with the caption: “Finally, a new suit – that fits!”
Previously, Daniels always wore the iconic golden robot outfit, so it does lead to questions regarding what this role exactly is. The actor has all but confirmed he is still playing the droid with the added hashtags “#mocap #ealingstudios #c3po #iamc3po #starwars,” leading to more speculation.
Followers rushed to the comments to offer their own suggestions, with @comicbookf4ns asking: “Droid story?” Carloalberto wrote: “Oh my god!!!! It’s a droid story???”
The fans are referring to Star Wars: A Droid Story, a future project that was first announced in December 2020 and will introduce audiences “to a new hero, guided by legendary duo R2-D2 and C-3PO.” This is an upcoming special on Disney Plus and it will be completely CGI by the Lucasfilm Animation team. This is the safest bet for his new project, though there are plenty more possibilities.
Daniels could be appearing in any number of projects ranging from the Obi-Wan Kenobi series which is due out in 2022, the Rogue One prequel Andor, Ahsoka (which focuses on Anakin’s former padawan) and The Mandalorian season three.
However, it might not be a show, with Disney confirming the release dates of three upcoming films. They are December 22, 2023, December 19, 2025 and December 17, 2027. It isn’t known what movies these are but it is likely one of them is the previously announced Rogue Squadron from the Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins, which has been delayed from starting production this year.
The synopsis reads: “The story will introduce a new generation of starfighter pilots as they earn their wings and risk their lives in a boundary-pushing, high-speed thrill-ride, and move the saga into the future era of the galaxy.”
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Thor filmmaker Taika Waititi is also helming a Star Wars film, though development hasn’t started. It is believed to be his next movie after Thor: Love and Thunder. Kathleen Kennedy, the President of Lucasfilm, said: “Taika’s approach to Star Wars will be fresh, unexpected, and…unique. His enormous talent and sense of humour will ensure that audiences are in for an unforgettable ride.”
There are also upcoming films from Sleight director JD Dillard, the MCU’s architect Kevin Feige and The Last Jedi filmmaker Rian Johnson. The latter is supposed to be helming his own trilogy, though there haven’t been any updates since this was announced in 2017. On top of this, the director is busy with his Knives Out sequel, which is heading to Netflix at the end of 2022.
Finally, the next most likely project Daniels could be involved in is an upcoming Star Wars video game. Most games now use motion capture for the cutscenes, so it wouldn’t be unusual to find the actor performing his part for one. EA and Respawn, two developers, are both working on projects.
The entire Star Wars universe is available to watch on Disney Plus.