Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker has come and gone, bringing the Skywalker saga to a divisive end. Now, we look to the future of that galaxy far, far away – which looks arguably brighter than ever before thanks to a steady stream of Disney Plus series.
However, there are some changes coming to the speed at which new Star Wars movies will be released in cinemas. Ever since The Force Awakens debuted in 2015, there has been a new Star Wars movie released every year. For our next big-screen Star Wars adventure, we are going to have to wait until December 2022. And from there, it's only one new release every two years. Those years in between Star Wars flicks will instead be filled with new Avatar movies – and lots of Star Wars series on Disney Plus as LucasFilms puts their eggs into the streaming basket.
So, what story will those new Star Wars movies? Lucasfilm and Disney are being typically tight-lipped. “We are looking at the next saga,” Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy told The Hollywood Reporter. "We are not just looking at another trilogy, we're really looking at the next 10 years or more."
Which Star Wars movies are coming next? Will there be any more “Star Wars Story” standalone films like Rogue One and Solo? What shows are coming to Disney Plus? Read on to find out more about the new Star Wars movies that could be heading your way...
What new Star Wars movie is coming in 2022?
Release date: December 16, 2022, December 20, 2024 and December 18, 2026
Three Star Wars movies are scheduled from 2022 through to 2026, and they were initially going to be spearheaded by Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. However, that deal has since fallen through, as the duo are reportedly too busy making shows for Netflix as they signed a nine-figure deal with the streaming service in 2019. “There are only so many hours in the day, and we felt we could not do justice to both Star Wars and our Netflix projects," they said in a statement. "So we are regretfully stepping away.”
With the Thrones duo no longer on board, then, who will take over piloting the post-Rise of Skywalker galaxy? We currently have no real clue, except that Kathleen Kennedy has made a decision, and that choice will be announced in January 2020. One thing we do know is that it won't be helmed by Rian Johnson.
There have been rumours that the upcoming movie could be set a few hundred years before the first movie in the prequels, in the time of the Old Republic. The obvious source of inspiration here could be the game Knights of the Old Republic, though these are all rumours, with nothing set in stone. Hopefully, we'll know more soon.
Rian Johnson’s new Star Wars movie trilogy
Release date: Unknown
The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson must have impressed someone at Lucasfilm and Disney because, just before Star Wars: The Last Jedi hit cinemas, they announced that the filmmaker would be heading up a brand new Star Wars movie trilogy featuring "new characters from a corner of the galaxy that Star Wars lore has never before explored." And even though The Last Jedi was, shall we say, divisive among the Star Wars faithful, Johnson's still on board, the director having taken to Twitter to respond to rumours the project had been abandoned.
We don't know very much about this new Star Wars movie trilogy, but Johnson will write and direct the first entry. He's previously spoken about the pitch that got him the job and, just to warn you, there's not much to it: "One story told over three movies. Go new places, meet new folks, come up with a new story to tell in the Star Wars universe. The sky’s the limit…" Considering how fresh The Last Jedi felt, we couldn't be more excited to see Johnson let loose in the Star Wars galaxy.
Kevin Feige's Star Wars movie
Release date: Unknown
Marvel mastermind Kevin Feige has been brought on board to help shape the future of Star Wars. Disney co-chairman Alan Horn said in a statement: "We are excited about the projects Kathy and the Lucasfilm team are working on… With the close of the Skywalker Saga, Kathy is pursuing a new era in Star Wars storytelling, and knowing what a die-hard fan Kevin is, it made sense for these two extraordinary producers to work on a Star Wars film together."
Feige, meanwhile, has apparently approached a "major actor" about a role in the upcoming unnamed Star Wars movie according, to one source close to The Hollywood Reporter. The movie may even lead to a larger position working within LucasFilm for the producer.
Little else is known about the movie and Feige's role at LucasFilm – though expect more reports to emerge over the next few years. Could he pick up where Benioff and Weiss left off? We wouldn't put it past LucasFilm to hand Feige the reigns to their first post-Rise of Skywalker trilogy.
Any more Star Wars Story movies?
Release date: Unknown
The original plan, when Disney bought LucasFilm for upwards of $4 billion, was to release standalone “Anthology” movies between all the new "Saga” Episodes. That meant the two-year gaps between The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker were to be punctuated by Rogue One and Solo – and at one point it looked like there'd be a third Star Wars Story after The Rise of Skywalker. Then the relatively disappointing box office performance of Solo prompted Disney to rethink the strategy and put the spin-offs on hold.
Solo’s conclusion was clearly setting up a sequel. There were also multiple reports concerning a standalone new Star Wars movie centred on Boba Fett, first with Fantastic Four director Josh Trank at the helm, and later (according to reports that were never confirmed by Disney or Lucasfilm) Logan's James Mangold. However, this has now morphed into The Mandalorian Disney Plus series (more on that later).
The other frontrunner for a standalone movie was Obi-Wan Kenobi. Indeed, there were various (similarly unconfirmed) reports over the last couple of years (one apparently leaking the synopsis) that Disney/Lucasfilm had an Obi-Wan project in the works with Billy Elliot director Stephen Daldry attached. Ewan McGregor, who played Kenobi in the Star Wars prequels, told The View in 2018: "I would totally do it, of course. There's no plans, as such, to do it as far as I know."
Like the Boba Fett solo movie, the Obi-Wan spin-off has also changed into something new: a Disney Plus spin-off series telling the tale of the wise Jedi Knight between Episodes III and IV. But before that, some more on The Mandalorian...
The Mandalorian season 2
Release date: Streaming on Disney Plus, The Mandalorian season 2 coming October 2020
There's a new gunslinger in town, and his name is Dyn Jarren. Before the first season of The Mandalorian (or, as it's affectionately known, the Baby Yoda show) reached Disney Plus, we had confirmation that season 2 was being developed.
Showrunner Jon Favreau has confirmed that the second season will debut sometime in Fall 2020. So, the adventures of the mysterious Mando and Baby Yoda will continue later this year, and we can't wait to find out more.
Obi-Wan Kenobi Disney Plus series
Hello there! Just a week before Disney's bi-annual D23 expo, reports emerged that an Obi-Wan Kenobi TV show was on the way, with Ewan McGregor back as the Jedi Master. At the event, McGregor joined Kathleen Kennedy on stage to confirm that yes, finally, he would be returning to the iconic role in a new series. The Scottish actor hasn’t played Obi-Wan Kenobi on-screen since 2005’s Revenge of the Sith – although he made a brief return in a voice cameo during Rey’s vision in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
At this early stage, not much else is known about the Obi-Wan Kenobi series. There have been some rewrites to the scripts, though the details are not known. "They're still shooting towards having the film [show] release when it was going to be originally," McGregor said in an interview. Hopefully, that's sooner rather than later, because we can't wait for our Kenobi fix.
Rogue One Disney Plus spin-off
Release date: 2021
A little less high profile, but still noteworthy nonetheless. There's a Rogue One prequel coming to Disney Plus, with Diego Luna reprising his role as Rebel Alliance spy Cassian Andor and Alan Tudyk returning as the droid K-2SO. The new series is being billed as “a rousing spy thriller will explore tales filled with espionage and daring missions to restore hope to a galaxy in the grip of a ruthless Empire.” Stephen Schiff, of The Americans fame, will act as showrunner.
The Mandalorian spin-offs
Speaking at Disney's investors call in 2020, Disney CEO Bob Iger teased the potential for spin-offs from the Star Wars spin-off show, The Mandalorian. He said: "The priority in the next few years is television with The Mandalorian season 2 coming in October, and then more coming from The Mandalorian thereafter, including the possibility of infusing it with more characters and the possibility of taking those characters in their own direction in terms of series."
Does that mean a Baby Yoda... we mean, 'The Child' show is on the way? We can only hope, dream, and pray to the Whills.
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