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In a meeting with investors, Disney's Chief Financial Officer, Jay Rasulo confirmed that three spin-off Star Wars films released in 2016, 2018 and 2020 are to be origin stories. Current reports suggest the first of which will give us a chance to see Han Solo's early years - hopefully giving us a chance to witness him completing the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs. The other two films are widely expected to feature back stories for both Boba Fett and Yoda.

As we well know these won't be the first Star Wars and also they're not the first live-action spin-offs (the flaky post-Jedi Ewok films take that dubious crown). But let's hope that Disney are able to give us what Lucas failed to deliver...

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Last updated: 06/08/2018 21:28:25

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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.

A series of spin-offs were launched in 2016 with Gareth Edwards' Rogue One and 2017 will see the second film in the new trilogy, Rian Johnson's The Last Jedi.

Another spin-off will be released in 2018 - Solo - which tells the story of Han Solo before the original Star Wars film and 2019 will round off the third trilogy with the untitled Episode IX.

A fourth trilogy of films has been announced for release after 2020 which will be overseen by Rian Johnson and they will feature entirely new characters and an entirely separate story.

In addition, there are the TV series The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels and a new as yet untitled live action series due to debut some time after 2020.

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