When Will Next Five Star Wars Movies Be Released?

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens is on the way to breaking box office records, but it's got something different about it than other, another recent attempt to bring franchises past and present together.

Unlike X-Men: Days of Future Past, the future of Star Wars will still retain the cast and continuity of the original trilogy. And there's already plenty of new movies planned, with two more Episode/trilogy films in the offing and three more spinoff films set in the world of Star Wars over the next five years.

So...what's coming up?

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (December 16, 2016) will take us to a time before Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi first met on Tattoine, giving a behind-the-scenes look at how Princess Leia, R2-D2 and company came to possess the Death Star plans. Described as a "heist" movie, it will be directed by Godzilla's Gareth Edwards and star Felicity Jones, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Forest Whitaker and more.

Star Wars Episode VIII (May 26, 2017) will continue the story of Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Rey, Finn and company as they battle the First Order, comprised of the remnants of the shattered Empire and led by Supreme Leader Snoke with a little help from Kylo Ren. The film is as-yet-untitled, although that may change soon as Rian Johnson is expected to begin principal photography this month.

Star Wars Anthology: Han Solo (May 25, 2018) is the as-yet-untitled solo film set to explore the backstory of everyone's favorite scoundrel and smuggler. Since the Star Wars Expanded Universe has been rendered non-canonical with the Disney acquisition of Lucasfilm, this will be the first "official" glimpse into the character's backstory in the newly-reworked timeline. Directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, Han Solo will reportedly be the final Star Wars movie written by The Empire Strikes Back and The Force Awakens' Lawrence Kasdan.

Star Wars Episode IX (2019) will be directed by Colin Trevorrow from a script by Rian Johnson. The film will likely close out the story of the battle with Kylo Ren and Snoke, as the earliest comments from Disney were that they were planning a new Star Wars trilogy. Whichever members of the The Force Awakens cast are still alive (their characters, not the actors, although presumably that too) will return for the film.

Star Wars Anthology: Boba Fett (2020) is still not officially confirmed, and no creatives are officially on board, although there have been rumors for a while that the bounty hunter would have his own film. This one would also, plausibly, allow them to tie into Han Solo and/or Rogue One, creating a second, distinct timeline of Star Wars movies being released at the same time as the Episode films -- although that's pure speculation and has not been confirmed or even rumored up to now.

The plan, as far as anyone knows, is to continue releasing Star Wars films once a year, with the years alternating between stories that do and do not (because there is no try) feature the Skywalker clan.

Keep your eyes on our franchise movies release schedule for updates.

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  1. What about that Obi-wan kenobi based film? That sounded cool and i love Ewan McGreagor as him, love to see what he does between 3 and 4, shame hes not involved in Rogue One, he'd fit in there as least a cameo appearence or something

  2. Maybe offtopic, but I wonder if we will get a decent Star Wars game unlike the new Battlefront that bores after a couple of hours or Lego based games, but more like Jedi Outcast. I would love to see a fps based some time before The force awakens when The First Order is created and all hell breaks loose in the Star Wars universe on an Unreal engine game or Id Tech 5/6 engine. Surely some movie locations can be used for making a good game now that the new movie is out and more movies are coming out.

  3. i dont get it, ? who cares about bobba fett? i mean as a star wars fan i wana see more FORCE, JEDI, DARK SIDE. why they are making this movies??? han solo is great but making a movie on him is a waste of time. i wana see yoda 400 years before the saga started, i want to see the sith wars, or! let me know what happend at the first jedi temple. i want to see the galaxy far far away in the galaxay far far away.

  4. I would hate an entire Boba Fett film, I would probably want to avoid it on principle alone. Talk about a Mary-Sue. He would be a decent fit (or Fett) as the villain of the Han Solo movie though. But letting the guy who did nothing but further the plot a little bit and then get a goofy death from a blind guy and a space fanny his own entire movie? Why not Obi-Wan? Merchandising, that's why.

  5. TimelordAlex said ... (original post)

    What about that Obi-wan kenobi based film? That sounded cool and i love Ewan McGreagor as him, love to see what he does between 3 and 4, shame hes not involved in Rogue One, he'd fit in there as least a cameo appearence or something

    I think those rumors are still "out there" but that it's not rumored to be one of these specifically. I'd certainly rather see that, than Boba.

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