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Following the release of the prequel trilogy, the Star Wars franchise stayed mostly dormant on the big screen for years... but now we may never see a period like that ever again. The brand was revitalized when the Walt Disney Company purchased Lucasfilm back in 2012, and nothing has been the same since the release of J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: The Force Awakens in December 2015. That billion dollar blockbuster kicked off a string of stories created by the studio, one coming out every year since, and it appears that the future will see many opportunities for inventive storytellers to play in this particular sandbox.
And while the most recent trio of saga features came to an end with 2019's Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, there are still a lot of new projects being developed - including new trilogies and television series on the Disney+ platform that were either revealed or updated during Disney’s Investor call in December 2020.
But what exactly are these projects that are currently in the works? How long do we have to wait for them? We've built this guide to specifically answer all of those questions and more, so read on and discover everything that we know so far about the Star Wars films that are in the pipeline.
Upcoming Untitled Star Wars Movies
For the first time in more than five years, there wasn’t a Star Wars theatrical release in 2020, but that doesn't mean the franchise is over and one with. In fact, there is a trio of movies heading for movie theaters across the galaxy in a few short years. In May 2019, Disney revealed that new Star Wars movies would be released in 2022, 2024, and 2026, but there was no information on what these movies would be about or who would even been directing them. Those dates, however, were each pushed back a year in July 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Vanity Fair.
As it stands, the next official release dates for Star Wars movies are:
- December 22, 2023
- December 19, 2025
- December 17, 2027
The Star Wars movies coming out in 2025 and 2027 have yet to be revealed but fans were given some great news for the soonest of the three dates during the Disney Investor Day in December 2020. Here is some information on that movie as well as other upcoming film projects from the galaxy far, far away.
Star Wars: Rogue Squadron - December 2023
The Disney Investor Call was undoubtedly one of the most exciting days of the year for movie, TV, and general pop culture fans with an assortment of major announcements, but one of the biggest reveals was Patty Jenkins’ upcoming Star Wars: Rogue Squadron. The December 2023 theatrical release will follow the famed group of X-Wing pilots featured in various Star Wars books and video games over the years, a group that until the big announcement, had yet to be featured in any film or television property in the franchise.
The plot and other details concerning Star Wars: Rogue Squadron largely remain a mystery at this time, but with three years separating us from the film’s 2023 release, Patty Jenkins is already hard at work getting everything ready for this highly anticipated addition to the Star Wars franchise.
Taika Waititi Standalone Movie
After sitting behind the camera for the explosive The Mandalorian Season 1 finale, it seemed like a given that Academy Award-winning filmmaker Taika Waititi would one day be given his very own Star Wars movie. After months of rumors surrounding the Thor: Ragnarok director's involvement with the franchise, the news was confirmed in May 2020 when it was announced that Waititi would be making a standalone movie. There aren't a lot of details about the still-untitled project at this point in time, but the Jojo Rabbit director did say that he and 1917 writer Krysty Wilson-Cairns were in the process of penning the script in July 2020.
The still untitled Taika Waititi film project was touched upon during Disney’s 2020 Investor call during which Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy described it as “fresh, unexpected, and… unique.” Waititi had some fun regarding the mystery project on social media after the official Star Wars Twitter account provided a quick update on the project, that pretty much ended with the Thor: Love and Thunder director jokingly saying he was angry about how much he was going to ruin the franchise.
Rian Johnson Trilogy
There was a great deal of backlash following the release of Rian Johnson's Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but the franchise is far from done with him. Prior to the release of Johnson's 2017 film, Lucasfilm announced that their collaboration with Johnson will continue with the development of an entire new trilogy of movies. It is entirely unclear at this time what this set of blockbusters will be about, when it will be set in regards to the Star Wars stories that we know, if/how it will connect to the classic films, or if it will include characters with whom we are already familiar. What we do know is that we will surely be hearing a lot more about these movies in the years to come.
When it comes to the release date, that is another major mystery, even to Rian Johnson. As noted above, Disney/Lucasfilm have carved out three release dates for future Star Wars movies between now and the end of 2027. It may be a minute before we have final confirmation about this, but you can be sure we'll have all the latest details for you as they arrive here on CinemaBlend.
Kevin Feige-Produced Standalone Movie
One of the most anticipated upcoming Star Wars projects is the Kevin Feige-produced standalone film that was first announced in September 2019. There aren't a lot, or really any details at this point, but we're talking about the man who built the Marvel Cinematic Universe from a relatively obscure cast of comic characters to the most successful movie franchise in recent memory. The Marvel Studios president's accomplishments with Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame, and the 20+ movies that led up to the record-shattering event films are unmatched in today's Hollywood and so it's safe to say that whatever Feige comes up with will be great.
In a February 2020 conversation with The Hollywood Reporter, Endgame director Joe Russo said that Star Wars was Kevin Feige's first and true love, adding that Feige's vision for the franchise will be passionate, emotional, and unique. And while we'll probably be waiting on this one for some time, the wait will definitely be worth it.
J.D. Dillard Standalone Movie
J.D. Dillard, the filmmaker responsible for the 2016 indie sci-fi hit Sleight, and one-time receptionist at J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot, has been selected to direct his own Star Wars movie that is being penned by Luke Cage writer Matt Owens. The news was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter in February 2020, but few details were available at the time. When the project was first announced, it wasn't entirely known if the movie would hit theaters or be released as a standalone film on Disney+. Anyone who watched Dillard's Sleight, which follows a street magician who becomes a superhero, knows that Dillard is talented behind the pen and camera, so there's a lot of upside to this project, even if we have to wait a few years.
A Droid Story
Disney announced another upcoming Star Wars film project, but instead of heading to theaters, this animated feature will be exclusive to Disney+. According to what Disney announced on the investor call, , A Droid Story will be the product of a collaboration between Lucasfilm Animation and Industrial Light & Magic to tell the epic journey of a yet-to-be-revealed new droid who will be joined by C-3P0 and R2-D2. More details on this project will be released in the near future.
Cancelled Star Wars Movies
Before we get into the upcoming Star Wars television projects, let's first take a look at some of the announced trilogies and standalone movies that have either been forgotten or cancelled outright.
David Benioff and D.B. Weiss Trilogy
Back in February 2018, Game of Thrones' creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss were on top of the world with a hit HBO series gearing up for its final season and were tapped to produce their very own Star Wars trilogy. In the past two-and-a-half years, however, the pair's Game of Thrones has ended (following a divisive eighth season) and they announced that they would no longer be creating stories in the Star Wars universe. There were never really any concrete details about Benioff and Weiss' trilogy, it was speculated that the duo would be focusing on The Knights of the Old Republic, but now it appears we'll never know as they are too busy with their Netflix project to devote the necessary time to Star Wars.
Boba Fett Movie
One of the most highly anticipated Star Wars projects was the long-rumored Boba Fett standalone movie, but the hopes and dreams of millions of the bounty hunter's were left to die in a Sarlacc pit in October 2018 when it was confirmed that Disney and Lucasfilm had moved on from the legendary character and his iconic Mandalorian armor. But don't worry, because it doesn't look like we've seen the last of Boba Fett just yet...
SPOILER ALERT: The below sections contain spoilers from The Mandalorian Season 2, so read with caution if you’re not caught up.
Upcoming Star Wars TV Shows
The next few years will also see a ton of new and exciting shows from the throughout the Star Wars universe...
The Mandalorian Season 3 - Disney+ - TBD
With the way things ended for Mando and Baby Yoda, I mean Grogu, in the shocking and crowd-pleasing finale of The Mandalorian Season 2, especially with that insane reveal, there is more intrigue than ever before as to how the show will look moving forward. And while there isn’t an official date for the series’ eventual return for a Season 3, showrunner Jon Favreau has stated in the past that he would like to start production by the end of 2020. How this is affected by recent developments in the collection of Star Wars original shows on Disney+ remains to be seen, especially considering that post-credit scene at the end of The Mandalorian Season 2. Speaking of which...
The Book Of Boba Fett - Disney+ - December 2021
That post-credits scene from The Mandalorian Season 2, the one that saw Boba Fett return to Jabba the Hutt’s palace on Tatooine and claim the throne for himself, was more than just some great fan service and set actually set up yet another Star Wars show. We won’t have to wait too long to see the famed bounty hunter get some well-deserved screen time as The Book of Boba Fett will premiere on Disney+ in December 2021.
Ahsoka - Disney+ - TBD
The new Boba Fett series isn’t the only Disney+ show that will be a spinoff of The Mandalorian. In December 2020, Disney and Lucasfilm revealed Ahsoka, a new live-action series following Rosario Dawson’s Ashoka Tano. There is no word on what the show will actually be about, but it will presumably follow the Jedi after her encounter with Mando and Grogu featured partway through The Mandalorian Season 2. Be on the lookout for more on this in the future.
Rangers of the New Republic - Disney+ - TBD
Another Mandalorian spinoff announced by Disney and Lucasfilm in December 2020 is Rangers of the New Republic, a live-action series centered around a form of law enforcement in the galaxy far, far away. There aren’t a lot of details about the show at this time, but there’s a good chance the X-wing pilots and even Cara Dune, who recently became a marshal in The Mandalorian could pop up at some point.
Star Wars: The Bad Batch - Disney+ - 2021
With the debut of Disney+, fans of the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars were finally given some closure, but still sad to see the show go after seven seasons. Those same fans were probably just as excited when it was announced that The Bad Batch, a spinoff centered around the elite group of experimental clones introduced in the final season of The Clone Wars would be coming to the platform at some point in 2021. Dave Filoni, whose Star Wars credits include The Clone Wars, Rebels, Forces of Destiny, and The Mandalorian, will serve as the show's executive director. The trailer released by Disney in December 2020, with all its action involving the group of misfit clone troopers looks pretty freaking cool.
The Acolyte - Disney+ - TBD
Leslye Headland, the co-creator of the Emmy Award-winning Netflix series Russian Doll, will also be creating her very own Star Wars show, titled The Acolyte for Disney+ at some point in the future. According to a Variety report from April 2020, the show, which is yet-to-be-titled, will be a female-centric series that takes place in a part of the Star Wars timeline that we have yet to see. It was further revealed in December 2020 that the show would welcome audiences into a galaxy filled with mystery and the emerging dark side.
Obi-Wan Kenobi Series - Disney+ - TBD
An Obi-Wan Kenobi series has been something Star Wars fans have been anxiously awaiting for about as long as anyone can remember. I mean, Ewan McGregor's performance as a young Jedi Master is one of the few things that everyone can agree on about the prequel trilogy, so it should come as no surprise that the Scottish actor would come back to the franchise at some point in the future. The question remains, however, what is the show going to be about and when will we get to see it?
Well, in the middle of Disney’s huge announcement about all of its upcoming movies and shows in December 2020, it was revealed that Hayden Christiansen would be reprising his role of Darth Vader in the upcoming Disney+ series. How exactly Obi-Wan Kenobi’s padawan and best friend will play into the show remains an unknown at this time, but considering the show takes place 10 years following the events of Revenge of the Sith, we can expect to see a young and dangerous sith lord.
Andor - Disney+ - 2022
One of the best things about Rogue One was Diego Luna's Cassian Andor, even if he was one of the most despicable characters of the bunch. And while we know how Andor's story ends, there's a lot about his past that remains a mystery. Well, that dark and seedy history of the rebel will be touched on in the upcoming prequel live-action series. In December 2020 it was revealed the show would be called Andor and would be coming out at some point in 2022, but plot specifics were not disclosed. In addition to Luna, the central cast will also include Stellan Skarsgard and Kyle Soller, and there are also rumors that Jimmy Smits could be returning to reprise his role of Bail Organa.
Lando - Disney+ - TBD
Those holding out for a show based on the exploits of one of the galaxy’s coolest scoundrels were met with good news with December 2020 when it was revealed that Lando is coming to Disney+ at some point in the near future. Not a whole lot is known about the live-action series following Lando Calrissian, especially when it comes to who will be portraying the enemy-turned-friend of Han Solo. Like everything else, expect to hear a lot more about this show fairly soon.
Star Wars: Visions - Disney+ - TBD
And then there is Star Wars: Visions, a series of 10 animated short films from leading Japanese anime studios that will offer not only engaging stories but also a fresh and diverse perspective of the classic franchise.
There are still a lot of unknown variables that could delay or force the cancellation of any of these projects moving forward, so make sure to check back for all the latest here at CinemaBlend. And if you want to check out what's coming to movie theaters and television screens in the coming months, we've got you covered.