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These Are The Star Wars Projects We Need To See On Disney+ After Obi-Wan Kenobi

The growing popularity of Disney+ means "Star Wars" fans are living in an unprecedented time for the galaxy far, far away. Sure, the sequel trilogy, "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story," and "Solo: A Star Wars Story" reportedly raked in over $5 billion at the box office (via Box Office Mojo) — but the small screen is arguably where the best work is being done. After "The Mandalorian" proved to the studio that there is a real hunger for live-action "Star Wars" shows, Disney and Lucasfilm are pushing the franchise in bold new directions, with the likes of "Andor," "Ahsoka," and "The Acolyte" on the horizon.

Obviously, fans have already lapped up two seasons of "The Mandalorian" alongside the first season of "The Book of Boba Fett," and there's a huge buzz around the return of Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen in "Obi-Wan Kenobi." Although most fans have a pretty good idea of where the TV adventures are heading — with a big focus on the legacy of Mandalore — there's still plenty of uncertainty about what's next in the "Star Wars" universe.

The very existence of the "Obi-Wan Kenobi" series proves that there's room to explore the existing timeline with new adventures through the lens of fan-favorite characters. But what's next? Well, we've got a few ideas of where Disney+ and Lucasfilm could go after they've finished with the current slate of upcoming projects.

Thrawn: Dark Force Rising

There's one villain from the "Star Wars Legends" continuity who was so popular that he's been brought over into the current era of the franchise: Grand Admiral Thrawn. The villain shows up towards the end of the "Star Wars Rebels" animated series, voiced by Lars Mikkelsen, but he's likely going to show up in the "Ahsoka" show after Rosario Dawson's Ahsoka Tano name-drops him in "The Mandalorian" Season 2.

The blue-skinned villain was originally created by Timothy Zahn for his "Star Wars: The Thrawn Trilogy" of books — and it seems like he's going to be an overarching big bad going forward. So, it would make sense to build up "The Mandalorian" era of shows to a big crossover against the legendary bad guy, and Zahn's second novel in the trilogy, "Dark Force Rising," is the perfect material to use as a series. The story follows the heroes of the original trilogy after the events of "Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi," but it could easily be reworked to fit Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal) and Ahsoka instead.

"Dark Force Rising" sees Thrawn terrorize the galaxy with a re-energized version of the Empire, just as a behemoth fleet of droid-controlled dreadnoughts — called the Katana fleet — emerges after disappearing during the Clone Wars. It then becomes a race between the New Republic and Thrawn's Empire to see who can get hold of the dreadnoughts first, as they could tip the balance of power in the entire galaxy.

A limited event miniseries following Thrawn's campaign to take control of the universe could easily rally Djarin, Ahsoka, Grogu, and their allies in a bombastic adventure, while also giving the villain the spotlight he rightfully deserves. Hey, it worked for Thanos in "Avengers: Infinity War."

Darth Plagueis

Let's face it, sometimes the villains have much more interesting stories than the heroes, and one of the biggest names in the "Star Wars" mythos is Darth Plagueis. It's fair to say that the prequel trilogy has had something of a resurgence in the last few years. Heck, that's probably why the "Obi-Wan Kenobi" series actually came to fruition in the first place. But in "Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith," Chancellor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid) teases Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) about how powerful the dark side really is by telling him the story of Darth Plagueis the Wise.

As the story goes, the legendary Sith Lord is desperate to find a way of making himself immortal, and he's so powerful that he can influence Midi-chlorians to create life itself. But he is murdered by his apprentice — a young Palpatine/Darth Sidious — in the years before "Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace." Fans have never actually seen Darth Plagueis in live-action or animation and his story could be a perfect prequel series, taking place in the modern Galactic Republic era. In fact, there's an entire book to draw inspiration from — 2012's "Darth Plagueis" by James Luceno.

The story charts the Sith Lord's rise from being an apprentice with Darth Tenebrous to his missions to re-establish a Sith empire across the galaxy before his ultimate demise at the hands of Palpatine. A live-action series would add some extra context to the prequel trilogy, as well as put the focus on the Sith in an interesting way. Not only that, but the novel also explains why Palpatine turns to the dark side of the force and even introduces a baby Darth Maul (played by Samuel L. Jackson in the movies). Think of the marketing opportunities, Disney! Move over, baby Grogu.

Cal Kestis

There's one story that would really be the perfect follow-up to "Obi-Wan Kenobi." Back in 2019, the video game "Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order" arrived on consoles and introduced a brand new hero in the galaxy: Cal Kestis (Cameron Monaghan), a Jedi Padawan who manages to survive Order 66 and works as a scavenger on the junk-planet Bracca to survive. Cal eventually gets discovered by the Imperial Inquisitors, and they hunt him across the galaxy as he tries to repair his connection to the Force and become a fully-fledged Jedi.

It's a brilliant story that looks at overcoming trauma, and a sequel is already on the way, reportedly called "Star Wars Jedi: Survivor" (via GAMINGbible). Cal's story is ripe for the live-action treatment, largely because Monaghan plays the Jedi using motion-capture technology, and it would be incredibly easy for him to step into the role for a Disney+ series. The show could easily pick up after the second game, just to put some breathing room between itself, the games, and "Obi-Wan Kenobi."

The Inquisitors clearly play a huge role in the "Obi-Wan Kenobi" series, and it seems like a waste to not see them again after it. Since a huge part of "Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order" sees Cal go up against the Second Sister, Trilla (Elizabeth Grullon) — it would be interesting to see him stop the Inquisitors from hunting other Force-users in the galaxy. Let's not forget that Fortress Inquisitorius, which first appears in "Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order," will also show up in the "Obi-Wan Kenobi" show — so EA has done all the groundwork for these characters to step into live-action.

Fans have already speculated that Monaghan will show up "Obi-Wan Kenobi," and if he does, it would be silly not to give him his own spin-off series.