Disney+ released a new trailer for the upcoming series Star Wars: The Bad Batch on Tuesday which offers a few insights into the show. It seems Clone Force 99 — a clone strike team made of samples who did not grow to army specifications — became a personal project for Wilhuff Tarkin. But with the Clone Wars at an end and the Clone Army getting phased out in favor of 100% born-and-raised humans, Tarkin decides to end the Bad Batch for good. It is a decision which will force the squad into the shadows of the galaxy.
Eagle-eyed viewers may notice Captain Rex and Fennec Shand among the familiar Star Wars faces glimpses in the trailer. Which totally makes sense as the series appears to take place in the immediate aftermath of Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith. It will be interesting to see how the Bad Batch navigates that landscape and if the kid character seen in the trailer will be along for the duration.
Behind the scenes, the program is executive produced by The Mandalorian‘s Dave Filoni and Star Wars animated series veterans Athena Portillo (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels), Brad Rau (Rebels, Star Wars Resistance) and Jennifer Corbett (Resistance) with Carrie Beck (The Mandalorian, Rebels) as co-executive producer and Josh Rimes (Resistance) as producer. Rau is also serving as supervising director with Corbett as head writer.
The series will debut on May 4th with a 70-minute pilot. Regular episodes will stream weekly starting May 7th.