Lucasfilm has finally set the release date for Star Wars: Visions Volume 2, the next installment to Disney+‘s animated anthology series, featuring nine short stories from different international studios. It is scheduled to make its return on May 4.
“The reaction to the first volume of Star Wars: Visions blew us away. We were delighted that this project inspired and resonated with so many people,” Executive producer James Waugh said in a statement. “We always saw Star Wars: Visions as a framework for celebratory expressions of the franchise from some of the best creators working today. Animation is in a global renaissance, and we’re constantly staggered by the amount of creativity pushing the medium forward.
The studio has also unveiled the award-winning filmmakers who have signed on for Volume 2 including Emmy winner Rodrigo Blaas (Alma), Oscar nominee Paul Young (Wolfwalkers), Gabriel Osorio (Bear Story), Magdalena Osinska (Spirits of the Piano), Hyeong Geun Park (Lookism), Julien Chheng (Ernest and Celestine: A Trip to Gibberitia), Ishan Shukla (Schirkoa), LeAndre Thomas (Obi-Wan Kenobi), Justin Ridge (Star Wars Resistance), Nadia Darries (Stick Man), and Daniel Clarke (Khumba).
“With Volume 1, the imaginative minds of Japan’s anime industry were on full display,” Waugh also noted. “With Volume 2, we expanded our canvas to take audiences on a global tour of some of the most talented creators from around the world. We’re so proud to be able to reveal the line-up of studios we’ve assembled. Every short is incredible, full of heart, scope, imagination, and the values that make stories distinctly Star Wars — all while opening up bold new ways of seeing what a Star Wars story can be.”
Star Wars: Visions Vol. 2 will continue to push the boundaries of the Star Wars storytelling by employing the most captivating animation styles from a variety of countries and cultures. The series is executive produced by Waugh, Jacqui Lopez, and Josh Rimes.
The animation studios involved in the production of the next installment are El Guiri (Spain), Cartoon Saloon (Ireland), Punkrobot (Chile), Aardman (United Kingdom), Studio Mir (South Korea) Studio La Cachette (France), 88 Pictures (India), D’art Shtajio (Japan), and Triggerfish (South Africa).
The nine episodes’ titles and directors are listed below:
“Sith” – From El Guiri and writer-director Rodrigo Blaas
“Screecher’s Reach” – From Cartoon Saloon and director Paul Young
“In the Stars” – From Punkrobot and writer-director Gabriel Osorio
“I Am Your Mother” – From Aardman and director Magdalena Osinska
“Journey to the Dark Head” – From Studio Mir and director Hyeong Geun Park
“The Spy Dancer” – From Studio La Cachette and writer-director Julien Chheng
“The Bandits of Golak” – From 88 Pictures and director Ishan Shukla
“The Pit” – It is co-directed by writer-executive producer LeAndre Thomas and Justin Ridge from D’art Shtajio and Lucasfilm Ltd.
“Aau’s Song” – It is written and directed by Nadia Darries and Daniel Clarke from Triggerfish.