Here is a rundown of the upcoming Star Wars projects on the way, some still in the development stage, and others that are simply rumored.
We’ll start off with the feature films.
STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER
The final chapter of the Skywalker Saga is expected to answer a lot of the questions fans have had for the last two movies along with seeing the return of Emperor Palpatine in some capacity.
Knights of Ren will finally get some screentime as well.
A bit of new footage has teased either Rey going to the Darkside or a possible vision of her going that route.
We are expecting a new trailer coming in the next couple of weeks.
The 9th film’s cast includes Daisy Ridley as Rey, Adam Driver as Kylo Ren, John Boyega as Finn, Oscar Issac as Poe Dameron, Keri Russell as Zorii Bliss, Billy Dee Willaims as Lando Calrissian, Carrie Fisher as General Organa, Domhnall Gleeson as General Hux, Richard E. Grant as Allegiant General Pryde, Naomi Ackie as Jannah, Lupita Nyong’o as Maz Kanata, Ian McDiarmid as Palpatine, Dominic Monaghan, Greg Grunberg as Snap Wexley, and Billie Lourd as Lieutenant Connix.
The Rise of Skywalker is set for release on December 20th.
NEXT WAVE OF STAR WARS MOVIES
We know that the Skywalker Saga ends with The Rise of Skywalker, but we’re still in a bit in the dark about what will be coming next feature-wise from Lucasfilm/Disney.
However, according to the studio, we won’t be getting the next movie until 2022.
Disney set official release dates for the next three untitled Star Wars films back in early May.
- Untitled Star Wars Film – December 16th, 2022
- Untitled Star Wars Film – December 20th, 2024
- Untitled Star Wars Film – December 18th, 2026
Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy has mentioned to THR at Star Wars Celebration Chicago they’re developing the next ten years of films and these release dates only represent four years of that.
KENNEDY: “We are looking at the next saga. We are not just looking at another trilogy, we’re really looking at the next 10 years or more.”
In November 2017, it was officially announced by Lucasfilm that Star Wars: The Last Jedi writer/director Rian Johnson is developing an “all-new trilogy” that will be separate from the previous nine movies.
Lucasfilm is excited to announce that Johnson will create a brand-new Star Wars trilogy, the first of which he is also set to write and direct, with longtime collaborator Ram Bergman onboard to produce.
In shepherding this new trilogy, which is separate from the episodic Skywalker saga, Johnson will introduce new characters from a corner of the galaxy that Star Wars lore has never before explored.
In February 2018, Lucasfilm officially announced Game of Thrones showrunners, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss would be writing and producing a “new series” of movies that would be separate from the Johnson trilogy and Skywalker Saga.
It was announced today that Benioff and Weiss, creators of the smash-hit, Emmy Award-winning television series Game of Thrones, will write and produce a new series of Star Wars films.
These new films will be separate from both the episodic Skywalker saga and the recently-announced trilogy being developed by Rian Johnson, writer-director of Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
The original press release alluded that Lucasfilm would be eventually hiring directors to shoot the Benioff/Weiss (simply writing/producing) movies, but they haven’t made that hiring for the first one as far as we know.
We don’t really know which project will be the first to go into production, there had some indications that the Benioff/Weiss movie would begin shooting soon but the Disney+ shows are seemingly the priority at the moment.
Disney’s Bob Iger may have revealed that the Benioff/Weiss film might land that December 2022 spot.
Johnson has also recently suggested to TheEveningStandard that he might have time to sneak in another movie before his Star Wars film.
JOHNSON: “The truth is they’re still figuring out their schedule, their game plan. If it’s possible for me to squeeze in another film before or while working on that, I will.”
TheHollywoodReporter recently revealed that Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige is looking to team-up with Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy to develop a brand new Star Wars feature film. Zero details about the project are unknown but Kevin reportedly already has an actor in mind for it.
Acquiring the help of Kevin seems to give the impression that Lucasfilm is hoping to get some of that Marvel magic to rub off as Avengers: Endgame surpassed Avatar to become the highest-grossing film (unadjusted).
Feige has only recently got involved here so who knows how long this will take to be put together (two years in and we’re still waiting on Johnson’s first installment), even if his MCU actors Chris Evans (Captain America) and Brie Larson (Captain Marvel) have teased an interest on Twitter yesterday.
KNIGHTS OF THE OLD REPUBLIC (RUMOR)
There was an unconfirmed report from BuzzFeed that screenwriter Laeta Kalogridis (Avatar, Altered Carbon, Shutter Island) is developing a script for a Knights of The Old Republic feature film. It remains to be seen if this project will be actually moving forward or if Lucasfilm will be announcing it.
The Old Republic has been covered in video games and comic books but has never been tackled with feature films.
Kathleen Kennedy confirmed at Star Wars Celebration Chicago that they were indeed developing an Old Republic movie, but stopped short of revealing any details.
MTV: Knights of The Old Republic, a lot of fans wanna see that, is there any development of that?
KENNEDY: “You know, we talk about that all the time. Yes, we are developing something to look at. Right now, I have no idea where things might fall..”
Next, we’ll talk about the live-action series that will be airing on Disney+.
We know a little about the series as the setting is five years after the events of Star Wars: Return of The Jedi, which will see explore the origins of The First Order after the fall of The Empire.
Here is the official logline of the show.
After the stories of Jango and Boba Fett, another warrior emerges in the Star Wars universe. “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.
Episodes will be directed by a team that consists of Dave Filoni, Taika Waititi, Rick Famuyiwa, Deborah Chow, and Bryce Dallas Howard.
The impressive cast includes Pedro Pascal as The Mandalorian, Gina Carano as Cara Dune, Carl Weathers as Greef Carga, Giancarlo Esposito as Moff Gideon, Nick Nolte, Ming-Na Wen, Taika Waititi as IG-11, Natalia Tena as a Twi’lek bounty hunter, Bill Burr, Werner Herzog, Julia Jones as Omera, Mark Boone Jr., and Emily Swallow.
HN Entertainment first broke the news that Lucasfilm/Disney already happy with the series that they already greenlit a second season. This would be later confirmed by Jon Favreau himself who revealed that no only would he be returning to produce/writer but aims to direct an episode as well.
We also confirmed that production designer Andrew Jones would be returning for the second season.
Filming on season two is expected to return to California.
The first season will begin airing on Disney+ starting November 12th.
Diego Luna (Cassian Andor) and Alan Tudyk (K-2SO) will be reprising their roles from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story in the prequel series that will take place before the events of the movie.
The show is said to be more in the spy genre.
Stephen Schiff (The Americans) will act as showrunner with Jared Bush (Zootopia, Moana) being behind the pilot script/series bible.
Directors have yet to be officially announced by Lucasfilm/Disney.
It was announced at D23 Expo 2019 that Andor will begin filming in London next year. There has been an assumption that production will take place at an expanded facility in Dagenham, instead of Pinewood.
HN Entertainment revealed that production designer Neil Lamont is expected to work on the show.
With production taking place in 2020 this would give the impression it will begin airing on Disney+ sometime in 2021.
KENOBI: Formerly a feature film, the Obi-Wan Kenobi live-action series would eventually be officially announced over the summer by Lucasfilm at D23 Expo 2019 with Ewan McGregor on stage to reveal his reprisal of the role.
Plot details are scarce at the moment, except that the show will take place eight years after the events of Star Wars: Revenge of The Sith and during the events seen in Solo: A Star Wars Story.
UPDATE: Lucasfilm has now officially announced that Deborah Chow (Mr. Robot, The Mandalorian, Better Call Saul) will direct the series and that screenwriter Hossein Amini (Drive, The Alienist) will write for the Star Wars show.
Deborah Chow has been tapped to direct the new Obi-Wan Kenobi series that is exclusively for Disney+. Ewan McGregor will be reprising his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi for the series, which takes place eight years after the events of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith.
The series will be written by Hossein Amini (The Alienist, Drive).
HN Entertainment revealed that production designer Neil Lamont is expected to work on the show.
Filming is said to begin next year and an expectation could take place in England (possibly at Dagenham instead of Pinewood), shooting in 2020 would suggest that the series could begin airing in 2021 or 2022.
DISNEY+ SERIES RUMORS
It’s starting to look like that the Disney+ shows are going to be where Lucasfilm fills gaps and tackles their Star Wars Story projects.
I wouldn’t be shocked if in the future we ended up getting limited-series covering characters such as Lando, Yoda (prequel), or Jabba The Hutt.
A handful of rumors over the last couple of months concerning ideas for future shows Lucasfilm is apparently considering internallly include Princess Leia, Darth Bane, The Knights of Ren, Rose Tico, and most recently one that could focus on the criminal syndicate Crimson Dawn led by Darth Maul.
I guess we’ll have to wait and see if any of these actually come together.
Also, we’ll talk about the canonical upcoming single-player video game from EA and the two animated series.
STAR WARS JEDI: FALLEN ORDER
Jedi Padawan Cal Kestis (Cameron Monaghan) will have his Jedi status outed as he goes on the run from the Empire and meets up with former Jedi Knight Cere Junda (Debra Wilson).
The Empire seeks to eradicate all Jedi after the execution of Order 66. You, a Jedi Padawan-turned-fugitive, must fight for your survival as you explore the mysteries of a long-extinct civilization in hopes of rebuilding the Jedi Order.
Aided by a former Jedi Knight, a prickly pilot, and a fearless droid companion, you must escape the sinister machinations of the Imperial forces in this story-driven adventure.
Among the scattered Jedi who survived Order 66, the purge that all-but wiped out the Jedi Order, Cere Junda has been living in seclusion for years. After saving Cal Kestis from the Imperial Inquisitorius, Cere begins to mentor the former Padawan. But along with Greez Dritus, the captain of the Stinger Mantis, Cere is on a secret mission of her own — to rebuild the Jedi Order.
Pick up the pieces of your shattered past and complete your Jedi training, all while staying one step ahead of the Empire and its deadly Inquisitors. Use the Force to augment the way you explore, allowing you to traverse new paths and discover parts of locations you’ve been to before. Move quickly, though. The Empire is on your trail and won’t stop until every Jedi is exterminated.
The game like the films/shows is canonical. It will be featuring established Star Wars characters such as Rogue One’s Saw Gerrera (Forest Whitaker) from Clone Wars/Rogue One/Rebels and Star Wars Rebels villain Seventh Sister Inquisitor (previously voiced by Sarah Michelle Gellar).
It’ll be interesting to see if they’ll be adding other characters from Rebels.
Fallen Order will be released on November 15th.
STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS
The seventh season (possibly final?) of the animated Star Wars series Clone Wars will begin airing on Disney+ sometime in February 2020 according to Dave Filoni via EntertainmentWeekly.
“It will conclude the story that [George Lucas] and I started together. There could be stories after that that take place with a lot of those characters. But especially for me directing Clone Wars, being that hands-on, I wrote and directed the final four episodes. It’s the end of something I feel really good about.”
Filoni has said Clone Wars will feature Darth Maul and Ahsoka Tano returning in a conflict known as “the Siege of Mandalore.”
It will have 12-episodes.
STAR WARS RESISTANCE
The Star Wars Resistance animated series will have it’s second and final season begins airing on Disney XD next month.
The Emmy Award-nominated series Star Wars Resistance returns for its second and final season beginning Sunday, October 6 at 10:00 p.m. EDT/PDT on Disney Channel and in DisneyNOW, with subsequent airings on Disney XD. The concluding season takes place during the events of “The Last Jedi” leading up to “The Rise of Skywalker,” as Kaz and the team continue to fight against the threat of the First Order, culminating in an epic series finale.