Every Upcoming Star Wars Movie & Release Date
Last updated: February 16, 2021
The Skywalker saga has come to an end, but there are still a lot more Star Wars movies on the way. When Disney purchased Lucasfilm back in 2012, they had one goal: to bring back George Lucas’ space opera. They’ve certainly succeeded in that regard, with five blockbuster movies having already released in theaters.
So far, Disney’s Lucasfilm has released three saga movies and two spinoff movies, most of which have performed remarkably at the worldwide box office. But just because the Skywalker saga has ended, that doesn’t mean Lucasfilm will cease making Star Wars movies, as there’s still plenty of story left to tell – whether that means expanding upon elements from the saga or exploring entirely new arenas.
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Ever since 2015, Lucasfilm has released a Star Wars movie every year, but that has temporarily ceased; after Star Wars 9 in December 2019, Lucasfilm began a three-year break, with the next Star Wars movie not arriving until 2022. After that, new Star Wars movies will release in December every two years up to 2026, alternating with the four Avatar sequels. Needless to say, there are a lot of Star Wars movies (and other projects) in development.
Kevin Feige’s Star Wars Movie
Hot off the success of Avengers: Endgame, it was revealed in September 2019 that Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige was working with Lucasfilm on a new Star Wars movie. While little is known about the project, Feige has already talked to at least one actor about a possible role, suggesting it’s at least in some early stage of active development. What the upcoming Star Wars movie means for Feige’s involvement in Lucasfilm going forward is unclear, but the super producer certainly knows a thing or two about crafting a hit.
Rian Johnson’s Star Wars Trilogy
Lucasfilm was clearly impressed by Rian Johnson’s work on Star Wars: The Last Jedi. In November 2017, they announced that he would launch a new Star Wars trilogy outside of the Skywalker saga. Remarkably, Johnson’s pitch didn’t even include a story; he’s still in the early stages of drafting a story, so there isn’t much news about this trilogy yet. Given the divisiveness of The Last Jedi, though, it was rumored that Johnson’s Star Wars trilogy had been canceled, but the writer-director stepped in to debunk those rumors on social media. In an interview conducted by Sarah Wilson, Johnson allegedly reported that, yes, his Star Wars trilogy was still happening, but there are currently no dates or timelines attached to the project yet.
Taika Waititi’s Star Wars Movie
In May 2020, Lucasfilm announced that Thor: Ragnarok and Jojo Rabbit director Taika Waititi is set to helm a future Star Wars film. Waititi will direct and co-write the project with Oscar nominee Krysty Wilson-Cairns. In December 2020, during Disney’s Investor Day presentation, it was confirmed that Waititi and Wilson-Cairns had begun work on the film’s script and an art concept showcased a diamond-like object in space. However, further details beyond that are unavailable so far.
Patty Jenkins’ Rogue Squadron Movie
Patty Jenkins will direct Star Wars: Rogue Squadron, which is a completely original story about a new generation of starfighter pilots as they begin their journey in the galaxy far, far away. The film is expected to be released in theaters in December 2023 and a writer has reportedly already been hired to work on the script.
Other Star Wars Movies In Development
In addition to the above four movies, there are a few other big screen Star Wars projects reportedly in development that remain mostly mysterious. In January 2020, reports hit suggesting that both the Knights of the Old Republic video game and the recently launched pre-prequel trilogy High Republic era are in line for the movie treatment. The KOTOR script is reportedly being written by Avatar producer Laeta Kalogridis. Finally, in February 2020, Sleight director J.D. Dillard and Luke Cage writer Matt Owens were said to be developing their own Star Wars movie.
Cancelled Upcoming Star Wars Movies
There have been several movies that were, at one point or another, reported on or officially announced by Lucasfilm that haven’t happened, mostly anthology films that appear to have been stopped following Solo: A Star Wars Story bombed.
Boba Fett originally had Josh Trank as director back in 2014, but he left the project around the release of Fantastic Four. James Mangold was reported to be stepping in, but development was stopped a few months later.
Obi-Wan has been one of the most fan-anticipated Star Wars spinoff movies, with serious hopes Ewan McGregor would reprise the role. Oscar-nominated director Stephen Daldry was reportedly in talks to direct, but he left the project before Solo opened. This story will now be told on Disney+ (see below).
A third Star Wars anthology film, set in Mos Eisley, was reportedly in early development but cancelled following Solo. There’s also be unverified rumors about a Yoda film as far back as 2013, and previous reports suggested Lucasfilm was toying with a film centered on Jabba the Hutt.
In February 2018, Lucasfilm announced that Game of Thrones‘ showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss were developing a new Star Wars movie series. However, the duo left the project in October 2019, for reasons unclear.
Upcoming Star Wars TV Series
It’s not just on the big screen that Star Wars has an exciting future. With the release of Disney+, there will be multiple live-action TV series set in a galaxy far, far away.
There is also a Rogue One prequel series in development following Cassian Andor and K-2SO. Diego Luna and Alan Tudyk return in the lead roles respectively, and has The Americans‘ Stephen Schiff as showrunner. Filming is slated to begin in 2020 on what’s described as a “rousing spy thriller.”
A third series will follow Obi-Wan Kenobi during his time in exile on Tatooine, with Ewan McGregor finally confirmed to return to the role. Mandalorian director Deborah Chow will helm the Obi-Wan series, with Army of the Dead’s Joby Harold writing. It’s been rumored that Ahsoka Tano may appear.
In April 2020, a fourth Star Wars Disney+ series was revealed, with Russian Doll co-creator Leslye Headland serving as writer and showrunner, and a focus on a so far unconfirmed female character. In December 2020, the title for Headland’s film was revealed to be The Acolyte, a mystery thriller set during the era of the High Republic. In addition to these TV series, The Mandalorian was renewed for a season 3 and officially has two spinoffs in the works: Ahsoka, which will follow the titular character first introduced in the animated series The Clone Wars and will feature Rosario Dawson, and The Book of Boba Fett, which will follow the titular bounty hunter and his sidekick Fennec Shand. Both of these series are set in the same timeline as The Mandalorian. The Book of Boba Fett will be released in December 2021.
- Rogue Squadron (2023)Release date: Dec 22, 2023
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