With the initial slew of projects announced by Disney following their acquisition of Lucasfilm coming to a close, many audiences are wondering what the future holds for the galaxy far, far away. Recent months have seen a vast amount of announcements regarding what's in store for Star Wars fans, with even more rumors circulating about what films and TV series could still be on the way.
Given that we're talking about Star Wars, something fans have speculated about for more than 40 years, it's possible that virtually any previously introduced character or event could be brought to life in some way, shape, or form, so we're sticking with projects that have either been confirmed by Lucasfilm or reliable outlets have reported on.
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The first animated series under Disney's ownership, Star Wars Rebels, wrapped up earlier this year after four well-received seasons. Fans won't have to wait long for their next animated adventure, as Star Wars Resistance was announced as arriving later this year on Disney XD.
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Star Wars Resistance is coming to Disney XD this fall.
The final chapter in the first sequel trilogy to the original films, Episode IX suffered some creative changes with original director Colin Trevorrow parting ways with Lucasfilm while The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams stepped in the helm the installment.
Little has officially been revealed about the final film, though we do know that the surprise passing of Carrie Fisher in 2016 complicated the narrative's plans, as her Leia Organa was reported to have been featured prominently in the film.
Rumors have recently emerged that Billy Dee Williams could return to the saga to reprise his role as Lando Calrissian and, with shooting beginning in July, we could expect to get confirmation of his involvement in the near future.
Episode IX will land in theaters on December 20, 2019.
Disney's announcement that it was creating a streaming platform which will feature its massive library of classic films also came with the reveal that the service would be home to the first live-action Star Wars TV series.
Earlier this year, Lucasfilm announced that Jon Favreau would be developing the series
Favreau confirmed that his film will take place seven years after the Battle of Yavin, which would place it after the events of Return of the Jedi. Given this timeline, it's possible that the series could overlap with the events of the animated Star Wars Resistance.
This live-action series is expected to debut on the unnamed streaming service in 2019.
Before writer/director Rian Johnson's The Last Jedi even hit theaters, Lucasfilm was so excited by what the filmmaker brought to the saga that they solidified plans to allow the filmmaker to head into uncharted waters with his new trilogy of films.
Lucasfilm's initial slate of sequels and standalone films all involved familiar characters or events, while also delivering audiences brand-new characters and creating fresh journeys. From the initial announcement of Johnson's films, fans knew that he would be telling a story that was almost completely disconnected from anything we found familiar with the franchise, other than his stories taking place in the same galaxy.
Johnson is crafting the overall trilogy of films and is slated to write and direct the first installment.
The first film in the series would likely not debut until 2020 at the earliest.
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“David and Dan are some of the best storytellers working today,” said Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm in a statement. “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.”
The duo will write and produce the new films, though it's possible they could adapt other corners of canonical Star Wars lore that doesn't focus on the Skywalkers in any capacity.
The films from Weiss and Benioff could be coming to fans in 2020 or 2021.
Lucasfilm revealed that they would be making a film focusing on the early adventures of Han Solo shortly after the Disney purchase, likely following the pattern of the success of the prequel films and their exploration of the events prior to the original trilogy. Years later, audiences were far less interested in Solo: A Star Wars Story than they were the prequels, resulting in disappointing box office numbers and critical response.
Prior to the film's release, the film's cast and crew had hope that more films could be created based off of this entry into Star Wars lore, with director Ron Howard teasing the possibilities of follow-up films and star Alden Ehrenreich confirming he had signed on to star in a total of three films.
Given the lackluster response to the film, the future of the Solo franchise is unclear, despite the film teasing future adventures with its final moments. Another possibility is that Lucasfilm could abandon explorations of Han Solo and possibly pursue a film focusing on Donald Glover's Lando Calrissian or Emilia Clarke's Qi'ra.
Stay tuned for details about the future of Solo.
Fans can scour every corner of the internet to discover sites that claim "sources" confirmed any number of Star Wars films, though, given the repute of The Hollywood Reporter, we think it's safe to say they speak on good authority.
The outlet revealed that Logan writer/director James Mangold would write and direct a Boba Fett film, though Lucasfilm has yet to confirm this rumor.
Chronicle and Fantastic Four director Josh Trank was previously attached to develop a Boba Fett film, yet the filmmaker eventually parted ways with the studio. A release date for the film was never confirmed, allowing Lucasfilm to play coy about whether or not that film was completely abandoned.
Given the success of Logan, Mangold seems like a safer bet for the film focusing on the bounty hunter, though his involvement in other projects would likely mean production on a Boba Fett film wouldn't begin until 2020.
In the same report from The Hollywood Reporter that James Mangold was developing a Boba Fett film came the information that an Obi-Wan film was also being developed, despite no filmmakers or actors being mentioned.
Fans have long been clamoring for an Obi-Wan film that focused on his years in isolation on Tatooine between the events of Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, arguably making an Obi-Wan project the fans have been asking for most.
Making the desire for an Obi-Wan adventure even stronger is fans' praise for Ewan McGregor's portrayal of the Jedi Master in the prequel films, with the actor's age allowing him to reprise the role in this timeline. Were Lucasfilm to make a prequel to Phantom Menace, the studio would have to re-cast the role, which would seem unlikely given the fav fervor over McGregor.
Possibly paving the way for a return from Kenobi was his appearance in Star Wars Rebels as he squared off against Maul. The events of Solo could potentially open up a variety of paths for an Obi-Wan film to explore.
The animated Star Wars Detours is a unique example of what could be in store for Lucasfilm, as the only rumor about it is whether or not it will ever be released.
Originally announced at Star Wars Celebration VI in 2012, Detours comes from the minds of the creators of Robot Chicken and offers audiences a more humorous take on Star Wars mythology. The acquisition of Lucasfilm by Disney months later and the announcement of new films led to the series being put on hold indefinitely, as the studio didn't want young viewers' first exposure to the series being a humorous perspective.
What makes Detours so interesting is that, during a Reddit AMA, co-creator Seth Green confirmed that 39 episodes had been completed with more than 60 scripts having been finished.2comments
Earlier this month, Lucasfilm renewed their trademarks on the series' title, which could merely be a formality.
While Star Wars Detours is confirmed to exist, the rumor is whether or not it will ever see the light of day.