'Star Wars: The Clone Wars' Returning on Disney's SVOD Service

Clone Wars Saved Trailer - Screengrab - H 2018

Ten years after it last aired, Star Wars: The Clone Wars is returning. New episodes will premiere on Disney's forthcoming streaming service.

The news was announced Thursday by Lucasfilm animation chief Dave Filoni during a panel on the show's 10th anniversary at San Diego Comic-Con to huge applause.

"It's an anniversary — it's 10 years," Filoni told the crowd. "And you guys deserve something for being so great — a present, if you will. We got together and thought, 'If there is one thing we could give you, what would it be?'"

Clone Wars — set between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith in the Star Wars timeline — ran for five seasons on Cartoon Network. It featured characters from the movie franchise, including Obi-Wan Kenobi, Padme Amidala and Anakin Skywalker, and introduced new ones to the canon, including clone trooper Captain Rex and Ahsoka Tano, a Jedi padawan.

It also ended without entirely wrapping up its story, as season five concluded with Ahsoka leaving the Jedi and the implication there was more to tell. 

Filoni noted at Comic-Con that fans of the series have been tweeting the hashtag #SaveCloneWars at him for years; the show's trailer and poster art reply was captioned "#CloneWarsSaved."

The Disney SVOD service is expected to launch in late 2019, and Disney chairman Bob Iger has said the company is developing "not just one, but a few" Star Wars series for the platform.

Watch the trailer for the return of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, below.