With the release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker this coming holiday season, The Skywalker Saga is coming to a close, but Disney’s plans for the Star Wars Universe after that are already in play. The Space Franchise will be taking a bit of an extended break from releasing any major movies after Episode IX hits theaters in December, but courtesy of a Disney press release, we now know more about when the films will be coming out going forward.
Disney has provided press with its upcoming slate of movies, which gives us the release dates for three brand new Star Wars films, in 2022, 2024, and 2026. Here’s the official Disney press release:
“The updated calendar also sets release dates for major franchises Avatar and Star Wars. With Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker bringing the original Skywalker Saga to its conclusion, three new as-yet-untitled Star Wars films will release on the pre-Christmas weekend every other year beginning in 2022. Four forthcoming Avatar films, expanding the vibrant world of Pandora, will release on the pre-Christmas weekend every other year beginning in 2021.”
While no one knows currently what these new Star Wars films are, there are several grand possibilities. Right now, The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson is working on an original new Star Wars trilogy, likely to take place in another corner of the universe and feature an all-new cast of characters. Additionally, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, the showrunners of Game of Thrones, are also working on a Star Wars project of their own for Lucasfilm (many fans are hoping that this will end up being a Knights of the Old Republic Trilogy). Right now, since Rian Johnson’s trilogy has already been confirmed to have begun pre-production, it makes sense to assume that the currently scheduled films are his.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will be next to hit movie theaters on December 20th, 2019 and prior to that, The Mandolorian will be available on the upcoming Disney+ streaming service November 12.