Attention, Star Wars fans! With the highly-anticipated release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker just weeks away, the multi-billion dollar franchise is already gearing up to deliver more new content in 2020 — only this time, in the form of a live-action game show called Star Wars: Jedi Temple Challenge.
As the name suggests, the Disney+ competition show will test its contestants on the core Jedi principles of strength, bravery, and knowledge, and is technically made for a younger audience — but let’s be real, a Star Wars game show? That sounds like quality entertainment for fans of any age.
Star Wars: Jedi Temple Challenge will have some familiar faces on board, too. Ahmed Best, known for playing Jar Jar Binks in the Star Wars prequels, is set to host, and Veep actress Mary Holland will lend her voice to a humanoid droid in the show.
In my most challenging times, it was always the smiles and energy of kids that loved #jarjarbjnks who lifted me up. Thank you for this opportunity to give back to them. #starwars #jeditemplechallenge #StarWarsTheRiseOfSkywalker https://t.co/r7076cuAKV
— Ahmed BEst (@ahmedbest) December 3, 2019
To make matters even more promising, Lucasfilm is among the executive producers on the series. “This is definitely a kids game show like no other,” said Mickey Capoferri of Lucasfilm. “The various challenges will test a Padawan’s connection to the Force in three locations — a forest planet, on board a Jedi star cruiser and inside a Jedi Temple — immersing them and the audience in a fun, humorous and exciting competition.”
Since hearing the news, Star Wars fans can barely contain their excitement for the new show, and for Ahmed Best to return to the franchise. Fans young and old (us included) have just one simple question: “Where can we sign up?”
I assume my invitation to compete just got lost in the mail…?
— Eric Geller (@ericgeller) December 3, 2019
— littleradish (@thelittleradish) December 3, 2019
So does a 25 year old man qualify as a kid or where are we drawing the line? Asking for a friend.
— Austin_Jorritsma (@AustinJorritsma) December 3, 2019
While a May 4th release date would have been ideal (we don’t have to tell you why), THR reports that the series is set to debut in Fall 2020, and the exciting concept definitely sounds like it’ll be worth the wait. No word yet on whether Baby Yoda will make an appearance… but we’ll be tuning in to find out.