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Star Wars' Skeleton Crew: Everything you need to know about Jude Law's upcoming Jedi show on Disney+

Have you ever wondered what Goonies would look like in the Star Wars universe? Skeleton Crew promises to deliver those tween 80s vibes!

Star Wars: Skeleton Crew cast at Star Wars Celebration 2023

Among the many head-turning Star Wars streaming projects announced over the last few years, one of the most intriguing was that Lucasfilm was developing a TV miniseries set in the post-Return of the Jedi universe about a group of kids trying to find their way home.

Details about that miniseries, now called Star Wars: Skeleton Crew, are starting to circulate. Here's what we know so far.

Who is in the cast?

Star Wars: Skeleton Crew cast at Star Wars Celebration 2023

At Star Wars Celebration Europe, Jude Law took the stage during the Lucasfilm Studio Showcase to introduce some of his young co-stars. The actors introduced on the panel included Ravi Cabot-Conyers, Kyriana Kratter, and Robert Timothy Smith.

Additional actors confirmed for the show are Ryan Kiera Armstrong, Tunde Adebimpe, Kerry Condon, and Jaleel White.

Hold up, Yon-Rogg is in the house?

To be clear, this is not some sort of Disney/MCU/Star Wars mult-movie-dimensional caper. But yep, Jude Law, aka Albus Dumbledore, aka Gigolo Joe, aka Graham from The Holiday is in this series. But we have no idea what role he’s playing. In the trailer shown during Star Wars Celebration 2023, he's shown holding a lightsaber - so presumably he's a a Jedi. But he has a knack for surprises in movies, so let's not get too far ahead.

What do we know about the other Skeleton Crew characters?

Honestly, next to nothing. Four of them are kids. Three of them are played by Ravi Cabot-Conyers, Kyriana Kratter, and Robert Timothy Smith. That's it.

What is the Skeleton Crew synopsis?

Set in the same period as the Mandalorian and Ahsoka, Skeleton Crew is understood to be a ‘80s Amblin Entertainment-style story about “four kids who find themselves lost in in the vastness of the galaxy trying to find their way home...”

Co-creator Jon Watts originally pitched the miniseries to Jon Favreau on the set of Spider-Man: No Way Home. Favreau had been wondering if Watts might consider directing something in the Star Wars universe. Watts replied that he had a pitch for a whole series, which apparently has a Goonies-meets-Star Wars vibe that sold everyone at Lucasfilm.

Who’s on the show's creative team?

Star Wars: Skeleton Crew cast at Star Wars Celebration 2023

The series is created by director Jon Watts and his frequent writer Christopher Ford, and Watts is also onboard to direct at least one episode. Everything Everywhere All At Once filmmakers Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, aka “the Daniels,” have also directed at least one episode. At Star Wars Celebration Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni revealed that the rest of the directors on the series would be David Lowery, Jake Schreier, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Lee Isaac Chung.

The series is executive produced by Mandalorian helmers Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni.

How many episodes of Skeleton Crew will there be?

Skeleton Crew is currently listed as a mini-series of 8 episodes.

When is Skeleton Crew's release date?

While no release date has been given, the series finished filming in January 2023, and is scheduled to be released sometime in 2023.

If Ahsoka star Rosario Dawson’s comments about that her series coming out in the fall prove correct, maybe Skeleton Crew will be a Christmas show?

Is there a Skeleton Crew trailer?

A first look at the Skeleton Crew trailer was shown at Star Wars Celebration Europe, but the trailer has not been revealed to the public yet. However, if you're not afraid of spoilers... the trailer does reveal that Jude Law will be presumably be playing a Jedi in the show.

Where does Skeleton Crew fit in the Star Wars timeline?

Here's a handy summary from Austin Gorton about the overall Star Wars timeline.

Skeleton Crew takes place in the same time period as The Mandalorian and Ahsoka, roughly nine years after Return of the Jedi.

So will the shows intersect in some way?

While Skeleton Crew and Ahsoka are both considered completely their own thing, Favreau has hinted that there may be crossovers between characters from the two. He has also expressed interest in seeing Skeleton Crew characters in The Mandalorian Season 4.

Where can I watch Skeleton Crew?

Disney+ is the one and only place you'll be able to find this cool new Star Wars series.

But you'll also be able to find lots of great content about it right here!

Separately, isn't it great that Ke Huy Quan just won an Oscar?! Go Data, go!

All the new and upcoming Star Wars movies and TV shows on the horizon.

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Jim is an associate editor at America Magazine, a screenwriter and a Catholic priest. He's written for Panel x Panel, SKTCHD and lots of other places. He loves listening to Stephen Sondheim and cannot take a decent selfie.

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