Bad news Force fans, you've a while to wait before any new Star Wars movies come your way. For the first time in... well, at least a couple of years, there's a Star Wars-free Christmas on the horizon, which means it will be well over a year before we get the next new Star Wars movie, Star Wars 9. Sigh. How will we cope? Don't worry though. We might have to wait a while, but Lucasfilm and Disney still has plenty of new Star Wars movies planned, and you can find out all about them here.
Keep on scrolling for an in-depth breakdown of the upcoming new Star Wars movie schedule, from Episode 9 and whatever the third anthology film will be, to Rian Johnson's new trilogy and the film series from the Game of Thrones creators. Now doesn't that sound exciting? Read on and start practicing patience because we may have a while until we see these new Star Wars movies...
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Star Wars 9
Release date: December 20, 2019
The next new Star Wars movie in the episodic series will conclude the story started in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and continued with Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Star Wars 9 was originally set to be directed by Jurassic World's Colin Trevorrow, but he left the project in September 2017, which meant Episode 7 director JJ Abrams was free to return to finish what he started. This makes him one of only two people - the other obviously being George Lucas - who will have directed more than one Star Wars movie. Abrams said he originally had no plans to return, "but when the opportunity presented itself to finish a story that we had begun with these new characters..." he couldn't resist. In terms of the story, we don't know much obviously, but the cast has now been announced and it includes a few surprises. As well as everyone who survived The Last Jedi, Star Wars 9 will star Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Naomi Ackie, Richard E. Grant, and Keri Russell. Fisher will appear as Leia using previously unreleased footage shot for The Force Awakens, but there's no word yet on how Luke - who appeared to die in The Last Jedi - will return.
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Untitled third Star Wars anthology movie
Release date: 2020
We've known for a while that we'd be getting a third Star Wars spin-off anthology movie after the release of Rogue One and Solo, but there's still no word who - or what - it will be about. Fans are desperate to know the subject of the new Star Wars movie, and despite reports that future Star Wars spin-offs are on hold following Solo's relatively disappointing box office return, good money is being put on it being an Obi-Wan Kenobi movie. There's been various reports over the last couple of years (the latest apparently leaking the synopsis) that this is indeed what Disney has planned, but nothing has been confirmed yet and Ewan McGregor, who played Obi-Wan in the Star Wars prequels, recently told The View: "I would totally do it, of course. There's no plans, as such, to do it as far as I know." While fans would no doubt love to find out what Obi-Wan got up to in that cave between the end of the prequels and the start of A New Hope, there's always the chance that the new Star Wars movie won't be an Obi-Wan spin-off at all, but will focus on another character, such as Yoda or even Boba Fett. Fingers crossed we'll find out either way soon.
2021 movie and beyond...
Release date: 2021and more
"I had a meeting yesterday with Kathy Kennedy and we mapped out - well, we reviewed - the Star Wars plans that we have until 2020," said Disney CEO Bob Iger back in September 2016. "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 should come as no surprise to fans that Disney - as with the MCU - are planning a whole host of new Star Wars movies for the future, but the real question is what will they be about? More episodic entries? Additional spin-off films? Or something new? Well, we may have the answer to at least some of these questions below because we do know that The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson has been given a new Star Wars trilogy and that Game of Thrones co-creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss will also be joining a galaxy far, far away. Details are thin on the ground - and we have no release dates as of writing - but read on for everything we do know.
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Another Star Wars trilogy
Release date: Unknown
The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson must have impressed someone at Disney because just before Star Wars 8 hit cinemas, it was announced that he would be heading up a brand new Star Wars trilogy featuring "new characters from a corner of the galaxy that Star Wars lore has never before explored." Obviously, we don't know very much about this new trilogy at this point, but Johnson will definitely write and direct the first entry and he recently revealed the pitch which got him the job. 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…" Based on that short and sweet pitch, Disney gave him responsibility for three new Star Wars movies, and it sounds like it will feature characters never seen before in the Star Wars universe, which is pretty exciting.
Unknown Star Wars movie series
Release date: Unknown
Ask anyone what the biggest movie and TV franchises are right now and you'll probably get Star Wars and Game of Thrones, so it should come as no surprised that Disney are looking to smash those two mega money-making teams together to create a new series of Star Wars films. That's right, Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have been given a Star Wars sub-series of their own and are due to start work after Game of Thrones season 8 is finished. To be clear, this will be a series of new Star Wars movies (not a TV series), but we've no idea how many we're getting right now. Three? Five? 10?! As to what the films will be about, all Disney has said is that "these new films will be separate from both the episodic Skywalker saga and the recently-announced trilogy being developed by Rian Johnson". So, a spin-off exploring a new part of the galaxy, then? A darker, more adult, gore-and-sex treatment? A prequel set in a way, way, way earlier era of Star Wars, before proper lightsabers were invented and they had to be made out of, like, metal and stuff? Your guess is as good as mine!
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