‘Star Wars: The Bad Batch’: Disney+ Series Seemingly Set To Start Airing In Spring 2021
Star Wars: The Bad Batch, a sequel series to Star Wars: The Clone Wars, is the next Disney+ Star Wars series in the pipeline, and the first of three Star Wars shows confirmed to release this year (ahead of Star Wars: Visions and Star Wars: The Book of Boba Fett). Now, we’ve got an indication that the series will arrive at some point this Spring.
A press release from the official Disney D23 website indicates that in the Spring issue, featuring content set to arrive before that period ends, will have a feature dedicated to The Bad Batch. The issue will arrive later in February and will feature an interview with Dee Bradley Baker, the show’s most prominent voice actor. This will represent the first major marketing push for the series since a teaser trailer was revealed at Disney’s Investor Day meeting, and indicates that we should be seeing more from the show in the coming weeks. Also included in the issue is an interview with Rose Tico actress Kelly Marie Tran, who will voice the lead character of Raya and the Last Dragon.
The story of The Bad Batch begins at the very end of the Clone Wars; Order 66 has been initiated and the Jedi are being hunted down and executed, while the Clone Troopers who fought to preserve the Republic from the Separatists threatening to secede are now enforcers of the Galactic Empire, meant to rein rebelling worlds back in. However, a team of special operatives with genetic mutations and cybernetic implants opt instead to find their own path by becoming mercenaries for hire. They are the Bad Batch, and they are set to make names for themselves in a brutal, more dangerous era of the galaxy where the line between good and evil is less clear than ever.
The Bad Batch is created by Dave Filoni (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels, Star Wars Resistance, and Star Wars: The Mandalorian), composed by Kevin Kiner (The Clone Wars, Rebels), and written by Jennifer Corbett (Resistance), with Brad Rau (Rebels, Resistance) serving as a supervising director. Athena Portillo (The Clone Wars, Rebels, Resistance) executive produces alongside Filoni, Rau, and Corbett. _ The voice cast for the series includes Dee Bradley Baker as Echo, Hunter, Tech, Wrecker, Crosshair, and all other clones, Stephen Stanton as Wilhuff Tarkin, and Ming-Na Wen as Fennec Shand. Ian McDiarmid’s voice as Emperor Palpatine is featured by means of reusing archival audio from Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, but it has yet to be confirmed if he will voice his character more in the series.
Grant has been a fan of Star Wars for as long as he can remember, having seen every movie on the big screen. When he’s not hard at work with his college studies, he keeps himself busy by reporting on all kinds of Star Wars news for SWNN and general movie news on the sister site, Movie News Net. He served as a frequent commentator on SWNN’s The Resistance Broadcast.