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All The Upcoming Star Wars Movies Confirmed So Far
Following Walt Disney Company’s acquisition of Lucasfilm in 2012, along with a brand new studio to show for, films from the Star Wars franchise started to roll out year after year. A new schedule is now out to confirm that there are brand new additions to the Star Wars story with movies set for release come 16 December 2022, 20 December 2024 and 18 December 2026. This new strategy suggests that new movies will arrive slower and more spaced out than what we have seen in recent years.
With the trilogy in the Skywalker saga set to draw to a close soon, Lucasfilm has set the ball rolling on brand new trilogies and Star Wars stories for future releases. The company has also confirmed that they have made long term plans, with new content already in the works for the coming decade. The folks at Walt Disney and Lucasfilm have been keeping mum about the details surrounding upcoming projects, other than the fact that Benioff and Weiss will have a hand in the Star Wars film coming in 2022. Benioff and Weiss are the creators of the series that has undoubtedly cemented legendary status, The Game of Thrones.
Will there be standalone films like Rogue One or Solo slated for release in years to come? What are the upcoming projects that are already being made? When exactly will the films be released? Continue reading to find out more about the upcoming Star Wars movies as we make things clear for you.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
This movie is set for release on 19 December 2019 in the UK, and 20 December 2019 in the US. It is the only one that we can detail for you with modest certainty. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will draw the curtains on the story that was started with Star Wars: The Force Awakens and its sequel Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The process of making and delivering this film has indeed been dealt with a massive blow behind the scenes.
With Rian Johnson as script writer and Colin Treverrow as director initially, such as in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, they were slated to work on Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Tragically, Carrie Fisher’s untimely demise threw a spanner in the works, making it impossible for them to carry on delivering this project. The filmmakers had to scrap whatever they have already been working on and ultimately have JJ Abrams step in alongside Chris Terrio as script writer to replace them. According to Abrams, who was also the director for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the opportunity had presented itself for him to finish what he had started with the new characters. This makes Abrams the only one other than George Lucas himself to direct more than one Star Wars movie.
As for how the story will go, we have not been given much to work with as everyone involved in the making of this film is keeping very tight lipped about it. We do not have further details apart from what we can gather from the film’s trailer. So naturally the next best thing we could do is to join the dots by picking up from where Star Wars: The Last Jedi left off.
In the clash against the First Order, the Resistance was left nearly decimated until Luke Skywalker came into the picture to change the game. Rey is steadily on her way towards clinching Jedi status, with already one hand firmly on the lightsaber. On the flipside of things, Kylo Ren has been made the new leader of the galactic system as he succeeds the now-dead Supreme Leader Snoke. Also confirmed is that Emperor Palpatine, who everyone thinks dead, will have significant influence on the passage of this story, judging by the laugh at the conclusion of the movie’s trailer.
As for the cast of this film, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Kelly Marie-Tran, Domhnall Gleeson and Lupita Nyong'o will be reprising their roles respectively. Also set to return are Mark Hamill, Billy Dee Williams, Ian McDiarmid, Anthony Daniels, and Carrie Fisher (posthumously). New additions include, Keri Russell, Richard E. Grant, Naomi Ackie.
Benioff/Weiss Star Wars Trilogy
As the Star Wars saga draws to a close with the upcoming Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker directed by JJ Abrams, two new trilogies will be coming our way to expand the Star Wars franchise. The first of these trilogies will have David Benioff and D.B. Weiss at the mantle as director and producer.
In case you are not aware, the famous and wildly successful HBO series The Game of Thrones is the brainchild of Benioff and Weiss. We have absolutely nothing on the storyline or the timeline this series is set in. What we do know is that the first installment of the trilogy will follow Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Thus, we can pretty much confirm that the first film will arrive on 16 December 2022.
Rian Johnson’s Star Wars Trilogy
Despite having his script scrapped for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Lucasfilm still has plans for Rian Johnson to work on future movies. This is because just before Star Wars: The Last Jedi was released, Lucasfilm announced that Rian will renew the collaboration and work on an upcoming trilogy for Star Wars. Same as the case with the trilogy by Benioff/Weiss, not much is known about how this trilogy will come to be.
We are also in the dark on when this trilogy will be released, as we have no idea whether we will have to wait until the Benioff/Weiss trilogy concludes before getting this trilogy.