RUMOR MILL: Consider this news as strictly RUMOR for now, as it is unconfirmed.
‘The Mandalorian’ has become one of the biggest hit TV shows of the year, in just over a month. As we know, there are more ‘Star Wars’ TV shows on their way courtesy of Disney+. An ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ series starring Ewan McGregor, and directed by ‘The Mandalorian’s Deborah Chow is expected to begin production in 2020. A show starring Diego Luna as his ‘Rogue One’ character, ‘Cassian Andor’, is also in the works.
But now comes word that another, previously-unannounced series may come before either ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ or ‘Cassian Andor’. This mystery show may have already begun filming in secret!
Speaking to Inverse, Making Star Wars’ Jason Ward, who previously spilled that Yoda’s species would play a part on ‘The Mandalorian’, revealed:
“A new Star Wars show is starting about now that nobody even knows about. I’m hearing it’s a Lucasfilm-Marvel venture with both companies teaming up to bring a Star Wars show to the small screen.”
As for the star of this series, it is reportedly Doctor Aphra. If you don’t know who that is, you’re not alone. Doctor Aphra isn’t from the movies or even the novels. She is a Marvel Comics original, created by writer Kieron Gillen and artist Salvador Larroca. She made her debut in 2015’s ‘Star Wars: Darth Vader’ #3, before going on to star in her own comic book series.
She has been compared to Han Solo and Lando Calrissian in that she is also a scoundrel, but unlike them, she isn’t as benevolent. She is described as “a criminal archaeologist with expert knowledge of droid and weapons technologies” with a particular interest in ancient weaponry and Jedi artifacts. Her obsession with these items is also something of a weakness, as she will do anything to acquire them. She is particularly selfish in her motivations, but she has her own moral code and doesn’t like killing.
She is whatever the ‘Star Wars’ equivalent of Asian is, and a lesbian, which has garnered her a lot of recognition, including a GLAAD Media Award nomination. She has proven so popular that she has been given her own action figures and been featured in video games. She is also a popular subject for cosplay.
It is known that Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige is working on a ‘Star Wars’ project, but it was believed to be a film. But considering that Doctor Aphra is a Marvel creation, he may have a hand in her possible show.
Once again, this is just a RUMOR for now, but if a new secret ‘Star Wars’ show is currently in production, expect it to arrive sometime in 2020.
Are you interested in a ‘Doctor Aphra’ series?
Stay tuned for updates whenever they emerge. (IF they emerge.)