Russian Doll co-creator leads new Star Wars show

Peter Lennon reports on the currently untitled women-centric Star Wars show

Peter Lennon
3rd May 2020
Since the launch of the highly-anticipated Disney+, Star Wars fans have rejoiced with the release of the critically acclaimed The Mandalorian, as well as the return of Star Wars: The Clone Wars for its seventh and final season after it was pre-emptively cancelled after Disney’s buy-over of Lucasfilms. Now a new show from the galaxy far, far away has been commissioned for a television close, close to you.

Variety has broken the news that a new Star Wars show is being headed by co-creator and executive producer of Netflix’s Russian Doll, Lesyle Headland. Though details about the show are sparse at the moment, it is believed to be “female-centric” and will take place in a time period that has been greatly inhabited in the Star Wars universe.

Leslye Headland. Credit: @CollectiveCanon on Twitter

Whatever premise the show finally takes, it is certainly reassuring that Disney are (perhaps) allowing for a greater creative freedom on the streaming platform. For one, Headland is a wonderful choice to lead any series, with Russian Doll ingeniously twisting the Groundhog’s Day genre with wonderful twists and stylistic flair.

Secondly, the isolated time period positioning of the show would suggest that space is being made for the series so that it will not be restrained by canon. Of course, this also means that Disney can quite easily ignore the events of the show if it doesn’t meet the right quality standards or connect with the fans.

It will be interesting to see where it falls into the slate of Star Wars content for the streaming service

One can assume that Headland’s series will be a long way off, considering that we are, in fact, going through a global pandemic. However, it will be interesting to see where it falls into the slate of Star Wars content for the streaming service, as the Obi-Wan Kenobi series had already been brought back to the drawing board months before the pandemic.

Additionally, the Cassian Andor Rogue One spin-off series, with Diego Luna returning as the titular character, has been (finally) building its own identity. Recently, it has been reported that, along with Luna, Genevieve O’Reilly and Alan Tudyk will be reprising their roles as Mon Mothma and K-2S0, respectively. Denise Gough, Stellan Skarsgard and Kyle Soller have also joined the Rogue One prequel in as-of-yet unspecified roles.

Whatever happens, the post-Skywalker Saga era of Star Wars will be an exciting time for creative directions, particularly with Headland’s series in the cards. An eclectic assortment of series could be enough to satisfy ALL Star Wars fans – well, in another world maybe.

Featured image credit: IMDb.

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AUTHOR: Peter Lennon
English Literature undergraduate. Although I primarily write for the Courier's Film section, I do love helping out in the Televsion and Gaming sections as well. I also organise and host livestreams/radio shows as FilmSoc's inaugural Head of Radio. Twitter: @PeterLennon79

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