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Star Wars: The Bad Batch, a new animated series from Lucasfilm, will be arriving on Disney+ in 2021.
The Bad Batch is a spinoff of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. The series will feature Clone Force 99, better known as “The Bad Batch.” This elite squadron of uniquely modified clones was introduced in the seventh and final season of the animated The Clone Wars series, which debuted on Disney+ earlier this year.
The first four episodes of the seventh season of The Clone Wars – “The Bad Batch,” “A Distant Echo,” “On the Wings of Keeradaks,” and “Unfinished Business” – introduced Clone Force 99 and followed them on a mission that saw them recruiting the final member of the elite squadron’s ranks.
According to the announcement posted on StarWars.com, the Bad Batch series will be set in the immediate aftermath of the Clone Wars and follow the clones in the squadron as they attempt to find their place in a galaxy that looks more and more different every day.
Thanks (mostly) to genetic experimentation each of the clones in the Bad Batch has their own set of special skills and abilities. However, the question remains: will these abilities help them survive, or make them more of a target to the sinister agents of the burgeoning Galactic Empire?
The series will be executive produced by Dave Filoni, who previously served as executive producer on The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels, and The Mandalorian. Other executive producers on The Bad Batch include Athena Portillo (Star Wars Rebels, The Clone Wars), Brad Rau (Star Wars Resistance, Star Wars Rebels), who will also be the supervising director for the series, and Jennifer Corbett (NCIS, Star Wars Rebels), who will also be serving as head writer. Carrie Beck (Star Wars Rebels, The Mandalorian) will be serving as a co-executive producer, while Josh Rimes (Star Wars Resistance) will serve as producer.
While the official announcement does not mention any actors, it’s a safe bet that Dee Bradley Baker, the actor who lent his voice to the innumerable clones of The Clone Wars (including every member of the Bad Batch), will return.
The Bad Batch won’t be streaming until 2021, but in the meantime, all seven seasons of Star Wars: The Clone Wars are available to watch on Disney+. If that’s not enough Clone Wars to sate your appetite, check out Dark Disciple by Christie Golden, a novelization of several unproduced episodes that will tie up a few loose Ventress ends from the animated series.