Here are all the upcoming Star Wars movies, what they are about and their respective release dates / windows. Lucasfilm relaunched the Star Wars movie list in 2015, a few years after the Disney takeover, and plans to release a new movie every year. The franchise fulfilled this expectation until 2019, which saw the conclusion of the sequel trilogy with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. The end of the Skywalker saga coincided with the launch of Disney + and the debut of The Mandalorian, and Lucasfilm’s success with this latest release marked a shift in focus. After shows like The Mandalorian, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Andor, Star Wars movies have taken over TV shows in recent years, with Lucasfilm becoming a major force for Disney + content. Not only has The Mandalorian become the streaming service’s flagship original show, its success has even seen Disney and Lucasfilm rethink their plans for some Star Wars movies, which is why Obi-Wan Kenobi has become a series instead of a film, a feature film.
Indeed, while subsequent Star Wars films were the franchise’s bread and butter, this role was taken up by the various Disney + series that enriched the peripheral stories of the main saga. That said, that doesn’t necessarily mean the franchise is ditching the movies altogether, just that they’re unlikely to come out anytime soon, as more Star Wars Disney + shows are in the works. At the moment, there is no shortage of rumors and reports on the status of the upcoming Star Wars movie, but not much information is officially known about the franchise’s plans for the big screen. Several films have been blocked in development as Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy allegedly sought out someone to oversee the grand plan. This only added to the list of confirmed projects. Here’s what has been revealed about every upcoming Star Wars movie.
Confirmed release dates for upcoming Star Wars movies
Star Wars, Lucasfilm, and Disney have planted their flag on some major release dates years into the future, with specific dates already chosen through 2027. Ditching its previous annual release format, Star Wars is following a two-year plan. Having found great success with the sequel trilogy and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story with release in December, the studio also plans to release its next three films during the holiday season. The confirmed release dates for the next three upcoming Star Wars movies are:
- December 22, 2023
- December 19, 2025
- December 17, 2027
Rogue Squadron suspended indefinitely
With Rogue Squadron removed from the Star Wars movie schedule, the future of the franchise’s movie slate is more confused than ever, as it was the only Star Wars movie announced with an actual release date. Originally slated to hit theaters on December 22, 2023 – which Star Wars previously kept on its schedule despite having no real development on production – Rogue Squadron is now officially in development hell. Prior to this, there were several reports of creative differences between Rogue Squadron director Patty Jenkins and Lucasfilm, leading Kathleen Kennedy to say in 2022 that the film had been “rejected for the time being”. Additionally, after Wonder Woman’s Patty Jenkins revealed in November 2021 that she would be pursuing the third Wonder Woman movie instead, Jenkins announced in October 2022 that she had completed the script for Wonder Woman 3.
Star Wars: A Droid Story (release date to be confirmed)
One of Lucasfilm’s upcoming Star Wars movies, Star Wars: A Droid Story, will be animated and streamed on Disney +. Announced in 2020, Star Wars: A Droid Story will focus on the franchise’s most iconic droids: R2-D2 and C-3PO. Plot details are mostly still under wraps at this point, but Kathleen Kennedy joked in the announcement that she will also be introducing a new protagonist. The story is also rumored to be a secret only held by R2-D2 and C-3PO. The creative team behind Star Wars: A Droid Story remains a mystery, as does the release date of the animated film on Disney +. At this point, it’s unclear whether this film can be released by 2023.
Taika Waititi’s Star Wars movie (release date to be defined)
Taika Waititi (Thor: Love and Thunder) reportedly got her own Star Wars movie for a while after voicing the IG-11 droid and directing The Mandalorian’s season one finale, and early in the 2022 Kathleen Kennedy said Waititi’s film is slated for late 2023.However, since then, no actual release date has been set for the as-yet-untitled film. What is clear is that Waititi will co-write his untitled Star Wars movie with Krysty Wilson-Cairns (1917) and in 2022 Waititi said he is still working on the story. Despite the indication that it is still in the early stages of development, Kathleen Kennedy has indicated that Taika Waititi’s film will be the next Star Wars film to hit theaters, which could mean that her film will have the vacant release date of. December 2025 on the Disney list. . Plus, with the upcoming MCU movie slate already packed for years and the fifth Thor movie still not getting the green light from Marvel, it’s possible Taika Waititi’s Star Wars movie will get the attention it’s been waiting for. That said, the only real update on the film is that Batman’s Joker Barry Keoghan wants to participate, which may encourage development.
Kevin Feige’s Star Wars movie (release date to be confirmed)
Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige is also producing a Star Wars movie that will be released sometime after Obi-Wan Kenobi. He recruited Loki and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse from writer Michael Waldron to work on the script. It’s been three years since the movie was announced, but the fact that it will be an adventure in its own right, not a sequel, is the only real development coming from 2019. Feige has also piqued interest in wanting to use a great movie. Marvel. Universe actor in his film, while rumors of Chloe Zhao directing Eternals have been denied. Those eager to see what Kevin Feige does with Star Wars may need to curb a bit, as Kathleen Kennedy anticipated in 2022 that he was still in the very early stages of development.
JD Dillard’s Star Wars movie (release date to be confirmed)
It was also previously revealed that JD Dillard is developing a Star Wars movie. The announcement came in 2020, a year after the release of her monster thriller Sweetheart. Early details on the project indicated that Dillard was writing the film alongside Matt Owens (Luke Cage). There has been no news of his progress since, in part due to Dillard’s focus on his Korean War pilot, Devotion, starring Glen Powell and Jonathan Majors. With Devotion coming out in 2022, he may now be able to shift his focus to the galaxy far, far away. At the moment, JD Dillard’s Star Wars movie doesn’t have a release date.
Is Rian Johnson’s Star Wars Trilogy Still Relevant?
One of the biggest questions left about the future of the franchise is the status of Rian Johnson’s Star Wars trilogy. Lucasfilm delivered a new film trilogy to the director of Star Wars: The Last Jedi in 2017, just months before the second chapter of the sequel trilogy debuted. It’s no secret that Star Wars: The Last Jedi was a divisive film for the franchise, which left Rian Johnson’s future with Star Wars in question. Despite the numerous rumors and speculations that he will no longer make the trilogy, the official word is that they are still ongoing; they are simply not the priority for either party. The Last Jedi director is enjoying creative freedom with his new Knives Out franchise, while Lucasfilm is still making its way beyond the Star Wars sequel trilogy. Kathleen Kennedy states that Rian Johnson’s trilogy will happen when their schedules align and that he is still consulting various Star Wars projects thanks to his close relationship with Lucasfilm brass.
While the studio’s cinematic plans are a little more confusing and mysterious, there are plenty of confirmed Star Wars TV shows coming up. Disney + has a steady stream of animated and live-action Star Wars content on the streaming service for the remainder of 2022, with plans to debut even more in the years to come. While the movies are in limbo, the release dates for upcoming Star Wars shows are locked and loaded:
What is really happening to the Star Wars movies?
There’s no denying that the cinematic side of Star Wars isn’t in shape for such a franchise. Star Wars shows carve out a new timeline as films linger in development hell cannot be attributed solely to the lack of creative direction for theatrical releases, as it is also a symptom of the inherent advantages of the shows over feature films. The beloved Skywalker saga has been enriched through the Star Wars trilogies, which means that the expectations for the films are much higher. That’s why, after The Rise of Skywalker, we still don’t know which direction the franchise intends to go in. By contrast, the writers and directors of Star Wars Disney + have a much more creative license, plus an entire season to tell a story in under two hours. Shows are also relatively easier to develop, as the lack of a box office to dominate relieves the pressure indefinitely. That said, as the earliest possible release date for the next Star Wars movie is around 2025, the time gap between the last and next Star Wars movies continues to grow and the shows seem to be taking the reins in terms of development of history. reserved for movies.
The immediate future of Star Wars may be in the series, but it’s good to know that Disney is still a long way from giving up on the movies. The House of Mouse is just making sure its next Star Wars movie lives up to the legacy of the Skywalker saga. Even though the Star Wars Disney + shows are good, audiences are still frustrated with the lack of feature film offerings on the horizon. Hopefully, at least one or more of these planned (and mostly untitled) Star Wars movies can get out of development hell soon.