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.
UnlikeÂ X-Men: Days of Future Past, the future ofÂ 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 ofÂ Star Wars over the next five years.
So…what’s coming up?
Rogue One: A Star Wars StoryÂ (December 16, 2016) will take us to a time before Luke SkywalkerÂ 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 byÂ Godzilla‘s Gareth Edwards and star Felicity Jones, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Forest Whitaker and more.
Star Wars Episode VIIIÂ (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 SnokeÂ 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 SoloÂ (May 25, 2018) is the as-yet-untitled solo film set to explore the backstory of everyone’s favorite scoundrel and smuggler. Since theÂ Star Wars Expanded Universe has been rendered non-canonical withÂ the Disney acquisition of Lucasfilm, this will be the first “official” glimpse into the character’s backstoryÂ in the newly-reworkedÂ timeline. Directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller,Â Han Solo will reportedly be the finalÂ Star Wars movie written byÂ The Empire Strikes Back andÂ The Force Awakens‘ Lawrence Kasdan.
Star Wars Episode IXÂ (2019) will be directed by Colin Trevorrow from a script by RianÂ Johnson. The film will likely close out the story of the battle with KyloÂ RenÂ and Snoke, as the earliest comments from Disney were that they were planning a newÂ Star Wars trilogy. Whichever members of theÂ 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 FettÂ (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 intoÂ Han Solo and/orÂ Rogue One, creating a second, distinct timelineÂ ofÂ Star Wars movies being released at the same time as theÂ 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 releasingÂ Star WarsÂ films once a year, with the years alternating between stories that do and do not (because there is no try) feature the SkywalkerÂ clan.
Keep your eyes on our franchise movies release scheduleÂ for updates.