For the first time in a while we’re not looking down the barrel of endless Star Wars sequels, with December’s Episode IX set to end both the main Skywalker saga and Star Wars films in general for the next few years.
Still, that doesn’t mean we don’t have plenty to look forward to over the coming months and years – because with the numbered movies soon to be left behind, Disney and Lucasfilm now seem to be getting a bit creative with how to keep the franchise going.
Below, we’ve gone into all the announced Star Wars projects and release dates – as well as a few that are just rumoured – to keep you up to date on what we can expect from the future of a galaxy far, far away.
This list will be updated as projects are announced
Even before the much-hyped Episode IX we’re seeing the beginning of Disney and LucasFilm’s small-screen ambitions, with The Mandalorian – a new series set to launch streaming platform Disney+ – arriving this autumn.
Starring Pedro Pascal as the titular outer-space adventurer (hailing from the same planet as fan-favourite character Boba Fett), the series has been created by Jon Favreau, and early footage reactions have been very positive even if we still don’t know too much about the series’ storyline.
“After the stories of Jango and Boba Fett, another warrior emerges in the Star Wars universe,” a synopsis reads. “The Mandalorian is set after the fall of the empire and before the emergence of the First Order. We follow the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic”.
The Mandalorian also stars ex-MMA fighter and Deadpool star Gina Carano, Werner Herzog, Nick Nolte, Taika Waititi, Ming-Na Wen, Breaking Bad’s Giancarlo Esposito, Emily Swallow, Carl Weathers and Omid Abtahi among others.
Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver and Mark Hamill are among the cast returning, with the film also set to add Richard E Grant and original trilogy star Billy Dee Williams among others. The late Carrie Fisher will also reprise her role thanks to archive footage.
As for the story, well, that’s a mystery – though, according to a panel at Star Wars Celebration, the film takes place some time after The Last Jedi, and the trailer (above) suggests it will involve a mission to the second Death Star (now underwater) and the return of Ian McDiarmuid’s Emperor Palpatine.
Apart from these details, little is known about the series, not even its title, though it’s expected to be released some time after the Rise of Skywalker and before any more Star Wars movies, as it will shoot in London in 2020.
“Their command of complex characters, depth of story and richness of mythology will break new ground and boldly push Star Wars in ways I find incredibly exciting.”
Rumour has it that Benioff and Weiss’ movie could take the franchise thousands of years before the prequel trilogy, back to the medieval-esque period in Star Wars history known as the Old Republic, which in spin-off media involved a massive clash across the galaxy between thousands of Jedi and Sith. Though perhaps the idea of the Game of Thrones guys doing ANOTHER bloodthirsty medieval fantasy seems a little too obvious…
Originally the pair were said to be developing a whole trilogy for LucasFilm, but the latest announcement only involved this one film, so it’s unclear whether it’s still the plan for it to have sequels. If it does however, it could be this very next date that we’ll see it in cinemas…
Described as a “blank canvas” set in “a corner of the galaxy that Star Wars lore has never before explored,” little is known about Johnson’s plans for the new films – and when RadioTimes.com spoke to him during early planning stages in 2017, he was giving nothing away.
“Well, I hope it’s a good story!” Johnson said.
“If you’re actually doing things that feel like they really dramatically land, to me the definition of that is you don’t see it coming in the moment, and then once it’s happened it feels inevitable. That’s what you’re aiming for.”
Since 2017 there have been no new announcements about Johnson’s trilogy, though it has been confirmed the plan is still on the cards.
On the other hand, even that would be a VERY long production schedule, so perhaps we should take all these rumours with a pinch of salt. Especially when
December 18 2026 – Untitled Star Wars movie
As noted above, this could be a continuation of either Johnson or Weiss and Benioff’s trilogies – but there are also a few other possibilities as to what this slot could be used for.
Apparently at one point, Disney and LucasFilm were planning a movie set in the dangerous spaceport of Mos Eisley before the middling reaction to Solo: A Star Wars Story scared them off. Who’s to say the idea couldn’t get revived down the line?
Clearly, the future of Star Wars is still bright – even if we can’t quite make out what it is yet.