The Mandalorian spinoff show Rangers of the New Republic is no longer in active development as Lucasfilm works on their slate of Star Wars shows.
The Star Wars spinoff show Rangers of the New Republic is reportedly no longer in active development. In 2019, coinciding with the launch of Disney+, the Star Wars franchise made the leap to live-action TV with The Mandalorian. The series became an instant hit with viewers and critics, and Lucasfilm is showing no signs of slowing down this corner of the universe. In addition to The Mandalorian season 3, there are multiple spinoff series coming through the pipeline. For a while, those were The Book of Boba Fett, Ahsoka, and Rangers of the New Republic.
The latter two were announced back at Disney’s Investors Day event in December 2020, with Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy confirming they’d work in conjunction with The Mandalorian to buildup to a massive crossover event. Especially with the Star Wars movies on hiatus until 2023, this approach was very exciting and had the potential to deliver the massive event storytelling synonymous with the Star Wars franchise. However, it would appear these plans have been changed a bit.
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In a Variety report on Dave Filoni’s Executive Creator Director position at Lucasfilm, the outlet notes Rangers of the New Republic “is not currently in active development.” No reasoning for this was given. The other Mandalorian spinoffs remain in the works.
It’s possible Lucasfilm cutting Gina Carano was a factor in what caused the change in Rangers of the New Republic’s development. Carano played Cara Dune in The Mandalorian seasons 1 and 2, with the character eventually becoming a Marshal of the New Republic. While it was never officially confirmed, Rangers of the New Republic would have been an ideal place to have Cara Dune return, with her leading a team against Moff Gideon and the Imperial remnants. But with Carano no longer part of the franchise (and Cara Dune not being recast), it appears Rangers of the New Republic has either been cancelled or put on the back burner. It will be interesting to see if the project’s ever revived or if the Mandalorian crossover event just happens with Ahsoka now (and perhaps The Book of Boba Fett, depending on how things play out).
While it’s disappointing to see a Star Wars show stall and will force Lucasfilm to alter their plan, Rangers of the New Republic was arguably the one out of all the Mandalorian shows that was the most expendable. It wasn’t centered around an iconic legacy character like The Book of Boba Fett or Ahsoka and there should be ways to integrate the New Republic into the other series. Additionally, Lucasfilm has a plethora of other Star Wars shows outside of the Mandalorian realm, including the upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi, Andor, and others. Nobody at Lucasfilm wanted to put Rangers of the New Republic on hold, but the studio still has plenty of exciting stories to tell.
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