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New Star Wars movies — all official details about the upcoming films

Excitingly, there are loads of new Star Wars movies on the way. So we've unpacked all the mysteries to give you some much-needed clarity.

New Star Wars movies release date: John Boyega as Finn, Daisy Ridley as Rey, and Revan

Good old Star Wars. Even if it’s had its ups and downs, we all love it, don’t we? But even we’re finding it hard these days to sort fact from (science) fiction when it comes to the new Star Wars movies coming from the galaxy far, far away in the next few years. Fortunately, we’ve made our way through the Jedi archives and found the truth.

After plenty of Star Wars rumors, we’ve got five officially confirmed new movies from this universe that will join some of the best movies ever made. No pressure! So, after you’ve sat down and re-watched all the Star Wars movies in order for the millionth time, what’s next?

What are the new Star Wars movies?

There are six new Star Wars movies officially in active development.

Below are those films that are getting active updates from their writers and directors, and that are backed by Lucasfilm.

A list of the confirmed new Star Wars movies:

  • Untitled James Mangold Star Wars movie
  • Untitled Dave Filoni Star Wars movie
  • Untitled Rey Star Wars movie
  • Untitled Taika Waititi Star Wars movie
  • Untitled Shawn Levy Star Wars movie
  • Untitled Lando Star Wars movie


James Mangold’s movie will explore the Jedi’s origins, Dave Filioni’s will conclude the Ahsoka and The Mandalorian storylines, and Rey’s movie will focus on her rebuilding the Jedi Order. Meanwhile, plot details about the Lando movie, and Taika Waititi and Shawn Levy’s movies haven’t been confirmed though details should begin to filter through soon.

Obviously, you want specific details on each of these new films. Thankfully, you’re in luck! We have everything you need to know below.

Daisy Ridley in Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Untitled James Mangold Star Wars movie

Release date: TBA

This new Star Wars movie will be written and directed by James Mangold (director of Indiana Jones 5 and Logan). It will be set in the far-flung past and will unpack the adventures of the first Jedi. Some have reported the working title is ‘Dawn of the Jedi’, but this hasn’t been confirmed.

The film is seemingly about the beginning of the Order, how it was created, and its spiritual origins. This will take us back in the timeline to an era that’s, so far, untouched. After decades of Skywalker or bust, we’re excited for something fresh.

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Untitled Dave Filoni Star Wars movie

Release date: TBA

Filoni’s entry is set between the events of Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, also known as ‘The New Republic’. It will conclude the story told by The Mandalorian, Ahsoka, and The Book of Boba Fett, bringing this era of Star Wars series to a close.

Expect a “cinematic event” that will bring together threads from the series The Clone Wars, Rebels, and the live-action Disney Plus shows. We expect to see the live-action versions of the characters Filoni holds close to his heart working together in this one.

This is a great chance to see Mando, Ahsoka Tano, and Baby Yoda fighting side by side. And, in the wake of Ahsoka, it looks like the manipulative Imperial mastermind Grand Admiral Thrawn will be the galactic threat that brings our heroes together. Bring it on, bluey!

Daisy Ridley as Rey in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Untitled Rey Star Wars movie

Release date: TBA

Rey’s movie will be set 15 years after The Rise of Skywalker and will see her attempting to rebuild the Jedi Order after the events of the Skywalker Saga’s conclusion. Pakistani-Canadian journalist/filmmaker Obaid-Chinoy will surely bring a unique vision to the table as director, and personally, we think Rey deserves a Star Wars movie.

We don’t know much about it, but Watchmen’s Damon Lindelof and The Strain’s Justin Britt-Gibson were previously attached to write it before exiting the project. Steven Knight is working on the screenplay instead, with the latest reports suggesting he’ll be turning in a new version of the script before the end of the year now that the 2023 Writers Strike has been resolved.

Daisy Ridley is attached to star, so no messy recasting is needed. We imagine Rey will take on an apprentice or two and, frankly, we can’t wait for Ridley to get her flowers. It would be great to see Rey branch out on her own and inspire the next generation of Jedi. Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, she explained that the story is one that excites her, and is “worth telling.” Make of that what you will.

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Untitled Taika Waititi Star Wars movie

Release date: TBA

Originally slated for 2023, we’ve been given multiple statements since the film’s announcement that confirmed it’s still going ahead, albeit on a delayed schedule. At Star Wars Celebration 2023, Kennedy said it was still being written.

In an interview with Total Film, Waititi said, “I would like to take something new and create some new characters and just expand the world, otherwise it feels like it’s a very small story.”

We couldn’t agree more. As much fun as nostalgia can be, we’re itching to get away from the Skywalker family tree and the same collection of Jedi and Sith. This is supposed to be an entire galaxy after all!

We also got a progress update in November 2023, when Waititi told ET “Like me, they have a lot of projects going on. I think they’re gonna push it until I finish these other projects. I’ve got about four other scripts that I’m trying to finish. My thing is I want to take my time with that and get it right. I don’t want to rush this movie.” Since then, he’s also said his movie’s going to “piss off” Star Wars fans, so expect some big, bold decisions.

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Untitled Shawn Levy Star Wars movie

Release date: TBA

Not content with Night at the Museum, Stranger Things, and Deadpool 3, frequent Ryan Reynolds collaborator Shawn Levy is officially making a Star Wars movie. He’s got a style and tone very similar to Taika Waititi, but we expect that with this movie Levy will go back to his roots and bring us something more kid-focussed.

The director is set to begin working on this after the release of his Deadpool adventure and Stranger Things season 5, which bodes well for a release date. We’re expecting something with a really adventurous tone from Levy, and between working on Arrival and The Adam Project, he’s shown that he can really handle sci-fi.

Most recently, in October 2023 speaking with Variety, the director said he was feeling “empowered” to follow his creative instincts with the movie, and that it would very much be a Shawn Levy movie. So, don’t expect him to make any compromises just because this is Star Wars.

New Star Wars movies: Donald Glover as Lando

Untitled Lando Star Wars movie

Release date: TBA

This was originally envisioned as a Star Wars series, but co-writer Stephen Glover (who is writing it with his brother, Donald, AKA: Lando himself) said in September 2023 that it had been changed into a film.

“We’re doing… it’s not even a show,” Glover said on the Pablo Torre Finds Out podcast. “I’m sure the nerds will figure it out anyway, like, they’ll read my lips or something. The idea right now is to do a movie.” The news was confirmed shortly after by Lucasfilm.

While nothing else has been announced about the Lando movie, like Solo, it would follow Glover’s younger version of the swashbuckling character on his adventures in the outer rim.

We’re a little hesitant about this one. It doesn’t feel like an organic idea and seems to be another project announced purely off of name recognition for a character, like Solo. Let’s hope it’s so good that it doesn’t matter.

New Star Wars movies John Boyega as Finn

New Star Wars movie release date speculation

Disney has secured May 22, 2026, December 18, 2026, and December 17, 2027, for new Star Wars movies, but there’s no word on which films will take them.

These dates could even be given to non-Star Wars projects if Star Wars movies are pushed back again. Not to mention, there are just three dates we know are being held for the franchise, while there are five films officially in development.

We can guesstimate though, based on the current state of the universe. James Mangold has spoken the most freely about his film, which implies it could be further along. With that in mind, we think it could potentially be first up to bat.

Filoni’s creativity has been at the forefront for some time now, with The Mandalorian, Ahsoka, and characters from his animated series jumping to live action. Considering that, we think his could follow Mangold’s.

New Star Wars movies - Ahsoka Tano

In April, Kennedy told Yahoo that “we’re going to see a script probably in the next month and a half” for the Rey movie. We know that the Writers Strike held that up for at least a few months.

Finally, we have the Waititi project. In March 2023, Kennedy said it was still in progress, telling Variety “Taika is still working away. He’s writing the script himself.” She went on to say, “We’re going to make that one day.” The “one day” makes us think it’s the furthest away.

The Lando movie is the hardest to guess. Besides the fact that the Glover brothers are developing the script, the project has no director or release date attached, since it’s essentially starting from scratch after being scrapped as a show. With this in mind, it’s possible it’ll come after the Waititi project.

The below dates are purely guesses, we’ll have to wait to see how things shake out.

New Star Wars movies release date speculation:

  • James Mangold’s Star Wars movie: Friday, May 22, 2026
  • Dave Filoni’s Star Wars movie release date estimate: Friday, December 18, 2026
  • Untitled Rey Star Wars movie release date estimate: Friday, December 17, 2027
  • Taika Waititi’s Star Wars movie release date estimate: 2027
  • Untitled Lando movie release date estimate: 2028
  • Shawn Levy’s Star Wars movie release date estimate: 2028

New Star Wars movie: Kylo and Rey duel

Who will be in the new Star Wars movies?

Daisy Ridley as Rey and Donald Glover as Lando are the only cast members confirmed for new Star Wars movies so far.

There have been rumors about some other names, which have suggested Idris Elba could be lined up as one of the Star Wars villains and that Adam Driver could make a return. (Yes, we know he’s dead, but that means very little in the galaxy of Star Wars.)

Other than that, the big question mark is over Finn. There’s an unresolved plotline between him and Rey, and the indication that he might be Force-sensitive. So, Boyega could be back among the Star Wars cast for the Rey movie, and that would be a delight.

Alden Ehrenreich’s Han could join Glover’s Lando, in theory, if he wanted to return to the franchise.

New Star Wars movies Oscar Isaac as Poe

Canceled or paused new Star Wars movies

Star Wars movies from Patty Jenkins, Kevin Feige, Rian Johnson, and David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have all been paused or canceled. 

It was announced in March 2023 that Jenkins’ Rogue Squadron and Kevin Feige’s movie had been shelved.

There’s still a chance Johnson could make something, but at the moment, that looks unlikely. Johnson was lined up to make his own trilogy but now seems focused entirely on Knives Out.

Also in the Star Wars movie graveyard is David Benioff and D.B. Weiss’s attempt at an addition to the franchise.

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That’s it on the new Star Wars movies. For more, keep up to date with our guide to the Andor season 2 release date, which will continue our favorite Star Wars show to date. There’s also The Mandalorian season 4 release date and The Acolyte release date on the horizon.

You can also read why we think the new Star movie needs John Boyega to return. Or, take a look at our feature on the best Star Wars movie you’ve never seen.