What We Know About Next Star Wars Films

The Skywalker Saga is coming to an end, but what is next for Star Wars? The 'Star Wars Story' films have unfairly faltered despite both Rogue One and Solo being excellent films and we know Rian Johnson (director of Star Wars: The Last Jedi) is working on a new trilogy of his own.

Other than that, we also know that D.B.Weiss and David Benioff, showrunners of the Game of Thrones TV series are also working on their own series of films within the wider saga.

It has now been confirmed that the first of these films will be the next Star Wars movie following the end of the Skywalker Saga with The Rise of Skywalker.


D.B.Weiss and David Benioff have stepped away from their Star Wars films following their deal with Netflix, which reportedly wasn't sitting well with Kathleen Kennedy and Disney. While it would appear that the next film release date will remain as expected, we now no longer know who will be guiding it through production.

Do we have any details yet?

Not many. Current rumours suggest that the films may well be set before the events of anything else we've seen on screen in the Star Wars universe before. We recently published a rumour that their films could focus on the 'Old Republic', and there are similar rumours that a game set in that time period is also in development. Could the two go hand in hand?

Update: Kathleen Kennedy has confirmed that Lucasfilm are looking at the Old Republic for an upcoming Star Wars project.

When can we expect to see these new films?

The next Star Wars film is expected to hit cinemas on 16th December 2022 - that places it around three years after we get to see The Rise of Skywalker in the cinema. Disney have put the series on a short hiatus to regroup and plan the next steps following the poor performance of Solo at the box office.

Bob Iger has been quoted as saying “[We thought] it would be smart for us to take a bit of a hiatus while we figure out what’s next. Now, we’re not going to wait until The Rise of Skywalker is released and start figuring it out, we’re actually hard at work doing that already. The conclusion that we reached was that three years was the proper amount of time to not only take a breather and reset, but to really gear up for the next film’s release.”

Star Wars

Star Wars is a science fiction film series created by George Lucas. It debuted in 1977 and the first film was quickly retitled to Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. It was followed by two sequels - The Empire Strikes Back in 1980 and Return of the Jedi in 1983. A trilogy of prequel films were launched in 1999 with The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. In 2015 Star Wars returned to the screens for a new trilogy under the control of Disney with The Force Awakens directed by J J Abrams. This was follows in the main Star Wars saga by Rian Johnson's The Last Jedi with the final film of the sequel trilogy, Episode IX, due in cinemas in December 2019 with J J Abrams back at the helm,A series of spin-offs were launched in 2016 with Gareth Edwards' Rogue One, which was followed in 2018 by Ron Howard's Solo and a fourth trilogy of films has been announced for release after 2020 which will be overseen by Rian Johnson which will feature entirely new characters and an entirely separate story.In addition, there are the animated TV series The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels along with Star Wars Resistance which starts in late 2018 and finally a new live action series currently being developed by Jon Favreau set some time after the events of Return of the Jedi.

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