What, you thought because Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker was concluding the story of the Skywalker family we were done with a galaxy far, far away? Disney just released its absurdly stacked film slate stretching all the way into 2027, and that includes a new trilogy of Star Wars films, with installments hitting theaters on December 12, 2022, December 20, 2024, and December 18, 2026. For six straight years, we’ll be alternating between a Star Wars movie and new Avatar movies in December.
Now, what these Star Wars films are, exactly, remains to be seen. There’s always the chance they are three standalone films set in the Star Wars universe, but after the box office woes of Solo, Disney seems to be out of that particular game for now. Far more likely is a new connected trilogy. But which one?
Right now, Disney reportedly has two separate trilogies in the works. One comes from The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson, who last offered an update in February simply to say he’s “still working” on the trilogy. The director, who will write and direct the first of the three films, is currently in post-production on his murder mystery Knives Out, but this seems the more likely option considering plans were first announced back in November of 2017.
The other option is the trilogy that’s set to come from David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, the filmmakers that developed George R.R. Martin‘s A Song of Ice and Fire books into HBO’s fantasy mega-hit Game of Thrones. Benioff and Weiss’ trilogy was announced a year ago, with not much of an update since as they were hard at work bringing Game of Thrones to its season 8 conclusion. However, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy did note that Benioff and Weiss are “working very closely” with Johnson to map out not just a trilogy, but the next decade of Star Wars storytelling. Here’s what she had to say:
“We’re looking at whether we can move massively in one direction or the other. It’s still Star Wars, and holding on to the DNA of what George Lucas created is still very important to us. I think this is a huge opportunity to step into the galaxy in a little bit different part of the timeline.”
What do you think is next on the Star Wars slate? Let us know in the comments, and make sure to look through the links below for more Star Wars:
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