In 2005, George Lucas swore that there would never be another Star Wars movie. "," he vowed. There would be television shows like Clone Wars and the aborted , but movies? Those should be relics from a more civilized age. But now, as we look through every upcoming Star Wars movie on the horizon, we see that Disney's vision for Lucasfilm's most famous, profitable, and inspiring series is rich with brand new moving pictures.
With Star Wars Celebration Orlando 2017 kicking off this week, here is every upcoming Star Wars movie we know about (so far) - from the ongoing adventures of the Skywalker family in a new trilogy that began with , to the new anthology films that began with last December.
Star Wars 8
Release date: December 15, 2017
is an intoxicating proposition in the wake of The Force Awakens. While it promises the full on return of Luke Skywalker as a glowering, failed Jedi teacher in exile, it also opens the new main trilogy to bold new storytelling potential. Where to clear the slate and establish new characters like Rey and Maz Kanata, Star Wars 8 is poised to expand on the nature of the First Order, the post Star Killer assault Republic, and the future of the Jedi. It's also the first time maverick director Rian Johnson (Brick, Looper) has worked on a property he didn't create.
Untitled Han Solo anthology movie
Release date: May 25, 2018
Han Solo got the ultimate send off in The Force Awakens, a warm and (most importantly) relevant starring role that saw Harrison Ford turn in his third best performance as the character. (Come on - this Han Solo was way awesomer than Return of the Jedi Han Solo.) While it's hard to imagine anyone else playing the character, Alden Ehrenreich will step into the sweet '70s space boots in the out in 2018. The Solo movie will be directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the duo behind The Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street, and written by Lawrence Kasdan who says he's retiring from the series after this. If you're wondering who else will be in it, Chewbacca is a definite, and Community's Donald Glover has recently been confirmed to play young Lando Calrissian. Here's everything we know about the solo Han Solo movie so far.
Star Wars 9
Release date: December 20, 2019
With Star Wars 8 still in production, Star Wars 9 is even more of a mystery. What we do know about the closing chapter of Rey, Finn, and Poe's trilogy is that it will be directed by Colin Trevorrow who directed the mindbogglingly profitable Jurassic World. It will however be based on a screenplay and story written by Rian Johnson, the mastermind behind Star Wars 8. While we don't know which characters will still be kicking around by Episode 9, it looks like - though it's unclear whether he will be returning as a living Jedi or Force Ghost. Also, it's recently been confirmed that Leia Organa will put in an appearance despite the tragic and sudden death of Carrie Fisher.
Untitled third Star Wars anthology movie
Release date: 2020
The anthology movies may not be a distinct trilogy but there will definitely be three of them! Disney CEO Bob Iger has confirmed multiple times that a third anthology film is on the way, but beyond saying that an unnamed writer is currently working on it, that's all we know officially. The sky's the limit, though. Ewan McGregor is enthusiastic about reprising his role from the prequels in an . Rumors of a Yoda movie or even a have swirled since Disney announced it would be making anthology films in the first place. There's even hints that , Bee-tee, and Triple-0 (the evil Indiana Jones, C-3P0, and R2-D2) introduced in the new Marvel comics could appear in a film.
2021 movie and beyond
Release date: 2021
Will there be more Star Wars movies after the third anthology film? For better or worse, there definitely will be. "I had a meeting yesterday with Kathy Kennedy and we mapped out--well, we reviewed--the Star Wars plans that we have until 2020," "We have movies in development for Star Wars until then, and we started talking about what we’re going to do in 2021 and beyond." It looks like there'll be plenty more Star Wars movies to come.