We may earn commission from links on this page. Our editorial is always independent (learn more)

Star Wars: The Bad Batch release date: News, trailer and cast for Disney Plus Clone Wars spin-off

Fans of The Clone Wars are about to get a new obsession.

Star Wars: The Bad Batch on Disney Plus

Disney Plus treated Star Wars fans last year with an eventful second season of the Mandalorian as well as the surprise seventh instalment of The Clone Wars – and now brand new animated adventures in a galaxy far far away are coming.


The Bad Batch hails from Lucasfilm Animation mastermind Dave Filoni and centers on the eponymous squad first introduced in The Clone Wars as they deal with the fallout of Order 66 as well as the Empire hunting them down.

Unlike The Mandalorian however, The Bad Batch will run for at least 14 episodes in its debut season – with the first episode premiering on a very significant date for Star Wars fans…

Here’s everything we know so far about Star Wars: The Bad Batch, including a trailer, release date, and more.

When is Star Wars: The Bad Batch released on Disney Plus?

Disney Plus has confirmed that Star Wars: The Bad Batch will debut with a 70-minute special episode on Tuesday, 4th May 2021. If you’re wondering why the date is ringing a bell, well, it’s Star Wars Day! Perfect timing – we see what you did there, Disney.

As with The Mandalorian, the episodes will not all be available in one go, with episode two arriving on Friday 7th May and further twelve instalments landing on a weekly basis thereafter – so that’s over three months of weekly Star Wars action.

Star Wars: The Bad Batch cast

Dee Bradley Baker will return to voice the members of The Bad Batch, having also voiced the entire clone army in Star Wars: The Clone Wars and some episodes of Rebels.

It has also been announced that The Mandalorian star Ming-Na Wen will reprise her role as Fennec Shand in the series, which will offer insight into her earlier years and Andrew Kishino will lend his voice to Saw Gerrera, a younger version of the character played by Forrest Whitaker’s in Rogue One.

Star Wars: The Bad Batch trailer

A full trailer for the series was released on Tuesday 30th March, teasing what is to come in the series – and it looks like fans are in for a treat. Checkout the trailer below.

Before that, Disney revealed a first look at the upcoming series during their annual investor call, which showcases the galactic action in store.

What is Star Wars: The Bad Batch about?

In the days after Order 66, we return to see how the devastating event affected the elite troop of mutated clones known as The Bad Batch, first introduced in The Clone Wars.

Each member possesses a singular exceptional skill which helped make them among the most successful soldiers of the entire Republic, but in the post-Clone War era, they find themselves lacking purpose.

Taking on dangerous missions as mercenaries, they attempt to forge a new path through the galaxy.

While you’re waiting for The Bad Batch, why not delve back into the films by visiting out guide to how to watch the Star Wars movies in order?


Star Wars: The Bad Batch is released on Disney Plus in 2021. Sign up to Disney Plus for £7.99 a month or £79.90 a year now. Check out our list of the best movies on Disney Plus and best shows on Disney Plus, or visit our TV Guide to see what’s on tonight.