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The Mandalorian & Grogu Gets Intriguing Working Title, Rumored Rey Skywalker Movie Title Debunked

The Mandalorian & Grogu and Daisy Ridley's untitled Star Wars movie have received working titles ahead of their respective production starts.

According to The Cosmic Circus, The Mandalorian and Grogu will be filmed under the working title "Thunder Alley", while Ridley's Star Wars movie will be known as "New Jedi Order." Some Star Wars fans may recognize The Mandalorian movie's working title from the Legends novel Before the Storm, which mentioned a region of space along the New Republic borders known as Thunder Alley that the Second Fleet had been patrolling. At this time, it is unknown if Lucasfilm chose the working title "Thunder Alley" purely as an Easter egg or if it means that the upcoming movie will feature the space region and thus bring it back into the official Star Wars canon.

As for "New Jedi Order," Lucasfilm has previously referred to Ridley's movie by this title, leading many to incorrectly assume that the movie would be titled Star Wars: New Jedi Order. While sources for The Cosmic Circus indicated that Ridley's movie would officially be titled Star Wars: Episode X - A New Beginning, contributor Jordan Maison debunked this claim, writing on X that he had spoken "directly with Lucasfilm," who told him that Ridley's movie being titled A New Beginning was "categorically incorrect" and that "no other titles have been/are being used at this time." However, Maison did confirm that "New Jedi Order" would be the working title for the project.

Star Wars Returns to the Big Screen 

The Mandalorian & Grogu will be the first Star Wars movie to enter production since 2019's The Rise of Skywalker, the ninth and final installment in The Skywalker Saga. The Mandalorian creator Jon Favreau is attached to direct the movie, which will reportedly begin filming in Los Angeles this June. While plot details remain under wraps, The Mandalorian & Grogu is expected to bridge the gap between the third and fourth seasons of the Disney+ series, The Mandalorian, which first introduced audiences to Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal) and Grogu.

Ridley's untitled Star Wars movie is also expected to begin production this year, with Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy directing from a screenplay written by Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight. Ridley will reprise her role from the Star Wars sequel trilogy as Rey, with the new movie set to follow the fan-favorite Jedi as she rebuilds the Jedi Order roughly 15 years after the events of The Rise of Skywalker. No cast members have been announced for either project beyond the leads, although Black Panther star Angela Bassett has reportedly met with Lucasfilm for a role in the franchise.

Other Star Wars movies in the works include James Mangold's upcoming feature about the origins of The Force, set during the Dawn of the Jedi era; and Dave Filoni's feature-length film set in the New Republic era that will conclude post-Return of the Jedi storylines that began in The MandalorianThe Book of Boba FettAhsoka and the upcoming Skeleton Crew.

The Mandalorian & Grogu is set to hit theaters on an undisclosed date in 2026.

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