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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 dormant period for the franchise 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 is still a lot of new stuff being developed - including new trilogies and television series on the Disney+ platform.
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 Release Dates
For the first time in more than five years, there won't be 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 yet-to-be-named 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
At this point, it's not known if this will be a new trilogy or if these dates will be occupied by new standalone movies. Either way, here are some upcoming projects that could take up those release dates.
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. Be on the lookout for more on this in the future.
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.
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, as Boba Fett will be appearing in Season 2 of The Mandalorian. Speaking of which…
Upcoming Star Wars TV Shows
The Mandalorian Season 2 - Disney+ - October 30, 2020
The Mandalorian, the first live-action Star Wars television series (unless you count the 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special) is set to return to Disney+ for Season 2 October 30, 2020. The sophomore season of the Emmy-nominated space western will pick up where things left off for Mando and Baby Yoda with the evil Moff Gideon (and his darksaber) hot on their trail. Here's everything we know so far about the upcoming season.
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 various other shows and movies will serve as the show's executive director.
Leslye Headland-Created Series - 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 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. With the show taking place in a different timeline, it is not known if we'll see any of the great female characters featured in the various trilogies and television series.
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, Ewan McGregor told Entertainment Tonight in September 2020 that principal photography starts in spring 2021, so expect it on Disney+ either later that year or at some point in 2022.
Cassian Andor And K-2SO Series - Disney+ - TBD
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. The title and release date have yet to be revealed, but 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.
It also doesn't hurt that Andor's running buddy, K-2SO (Alan Tudyk) will be returning in some shape or form. There is still no release date for the Disney+ series, but expect it to be awhile, especially after the set was shut down because of the COVID-19 pandemic in Spring 2020.
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 know what's coming to movie theaters and television screens in the coming months, we've got you covered.