Skip to main content

New Star Wars movie, set on the Sith planet Exegol, reportedly in the works

(Image credit: LucasFilms)

A new Star Wars movie, set on the Sith planet of Exegol, is reportedly in the works. The Hollywood Reporter (opens in new tab) first announced the news, with Deadline (opens in new tab) adding some detail regarding the plot. Neither publications has confirmed whether the movie will debut in cinemas or on Disney Plus (opens in new tab).

J.D. Dillard — best known for the film Sleight — is apparently working on the feature-length project with Luke Cage and Agents of SHIELD scribe Matt Owens. There’s no link between this project and the already-announced trilogy from Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson (opens in new tab) or the movie that was pitched by Marvel head Kevin Feige (opens in new tab).

So, where does this leave the Star Wars universe? Frankly, no-one outside of LucasFilm knows for sure where the series is definitely heading. Star Wars bosses recently said that their focus will be on television rather than film. And, considering the success of The Mandalorian (opens in new tab) and the divisiveness of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (opens in new tab), that seems like the obvious business move. 

If, as Deadline reports, the new Star Wars movie takes place on Exegol, then it could fill in many of the questions we had after that Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker ending (opens in new tab), such as: how did the Emperor raise an army able to command all those Star Destroyers? Who were those cultists at the end of Episode IX? How did Palpatine come back from the dead?

Whatever the case, any official new Star Wars movie announcement would be at least quell our anxious hearts as we await another adventure in that galaxy far, far away. Here's more on every upcoming Star Wars movie (opens in new tab).

Jack Shepherd
Jack Shepherd

I'm the Senior Entertainment Editor here at GamesRadar+, bringing you all the latest movie and TV news, reviews, and features. Plus I look after the Total Film and SFX sections and socials media channels. I used to work at The Independent as a general culture writer before specializing in TV and film