With the theatrical release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi now in our rear view mirrors (not before setting box office records), it’s time to take a look at the road ahead. I don’t know about you, but I was ready to sit and watch Star Wars: Episode IV right after the credits started rolling — I didn’t want to get up from my seat.
There have been plenty of Star Wars rumors and speculation about new movies on the way, but we’re going to stick to fact for now (okay, and probably some speculation at the end). As it stands right now, there are ELEVEN confirmed upcoming Star Wars movies with actual release dates or windows, including Episode 9, two confirmed Star Wars anthology films, and more.
So without further ado, here are all of the upcoming Star Wars films that we currently know about in a handy, dandy release dates calendar:
**Note: This will be a running list of dynamic content. As we get news, release dates/changes, and more information, we’ll update accordingly. So, you know, bookmark away! You can also stay tuned to our Star Wars hub for all things related to the universe.
1. Solo: A Star Wars Story
Release Date: May 25, 2018
Cast: Michael K Williams, Emilia Clarke, Alden Enrenreich, Donald Glover
Director: Director TBD, but we know that Phil Lord and Chris Miller were given the boot for creative differences.
Update 2/5/18: You can watch the first Solo: A Star Wars Story Trailer here.
The Star Wars Anthology: Han Solo film got its directors, Phil Lord and Chris Miller, back in July 2015. Since then, the only real news we’ve received about the upcoming Star Wars movie is the fact that it’ll star a younger Han Solo.
Of course, it’s annoying to even think about recasting one of the most iconic roles in the Star Wars universe for a younger version, but hopefully they’ll be able to get it right.
According to Kathleen Kennedy, the new Han Solo movie will focus on a Han that is in the high teens, early 20s. The story will focus on how young Han become the smuggler, thief, and scoundrel that we’re introduced to when Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi first encounter him at the cantina at Mos Eisley.
Rising cinematographer Bradford Young (Selma, Arrival) has been added to the project, which will begin shooting in January 2017. And we now know that Han Solo film has quite an impressive cast, including the likes of Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke, Alden Ehrenreich (as Han), Donald Glover (Lando Calrissian), and Woody Harrelson.
We also know that the spin-off movie will have Jabba the Hutt.
While we’re trying to keep this list as neutral as possible, I feel like it HAS to be said that, comparatively, there’s very little excitement and buzz surrounding Solo: A Star Wars Story. Here’s to hoping that it turns out to be an okay movie.
2. Star Wars: Episode IX
Release Date: December 20, 2019
Director: J.J. Abrams
Of course, we have little to virtually no details regarding Star Wars: Episode 9. It was originally going to be directed by Colin Trevorrow (Jurassic World) and written by Rian Johnson, but now, J.J. Abrams will take the reins on both fronts (writing and directing). There are also reports that Daisy Ridley will reprise her role as Rey in both Episodes 8 and 9, although that has yet to be confirmed by Lucasfilm (and it likely won’t be).
3. Untitled Star Wars Movie 2020
Release Date: TBA 2020
In September 2016, Disney CEO Bob Iger mentioned in an interview with Deadline that he’s heard the pitch for Star Wars Episode IX AND they’ve hired a writer for the previously unannounced Star Wars 2020 movie. Given the current slate of upcoming Star Wars films, it’s probable that this will be another off-shoot film that doesn’t follow the timeline of the main films. It’s unclear whether or not this 2020 movie will be the rumored Boba Fett anthology film (below), so for now, we’ll keep them separate.
4. Star Wars Anthology: Boba Fett (Untitled Boba Fett Movie)
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Release Date: Rumored 2020
Director: Previously Josh Trank, but he’s no longer involved. Now it’s apparently James Mangold of Logan fame.
The Star Wars Anthology: Boba Fett movie will tell the origin story of “fan-favorite” bounty hunter, Boba Fett. The Mandalorian warrior will get his own film, and it’s possible that we’ll learn how he became the notorious bounty hunter.
Update 5/24/18: It appears as though James Mangold, the director of Logan, will be directing the Boba Fett standalone film (according to THR).
Update 6/20/18: It looks like the less-than-enthusiastic reception to Solo: A Star Wars Story has led to the other two spin-offs, Boba Fett and Obi-Wan, to be put on hold at Lucasfilm. This move had been expected since we saw the reviews and luke-warm reception for the latest Star Wars film, so it shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise. Instead, LucasFilm will now be focusing all of their attention on Episode IX and the next trilogy of Star Wars films from director Rian Johnson. [via Collider]
6/21/18: Lucasfilm refuted the report, and are saying they’re still on. Who knows at this point.
5. Star Wars : Obi-Wan Kenobi Film
Release Date: TBA
Director: Tentatively Stephen Daldry
The Obi-Wan film hasn’t actually been officially announced just yet, but we know it’s on the way. Unfortunately, we don’t know much about the Obi-Wan Kenobi film, except that Stephen Daldry was circling the director’s chair. We’ll update with more as soon as we hear some news, but for now, we thought it would be worth adding it to the Star Wars release date calendar.
Of course, if this does get announced, it’ll likely be called Kenobi: A Star Wars Story to keep things in the same vein as the Han Solo spin-off movie.
**Update 8/14/18: Ewan McGregor says if there are plans about an Obi-Wan Kenobi spin-off, he certainly doesn’t know anything about it.
6-9. New Star Wars Trilogy
Release Dates: TBA
Director: Rian Johnson
Of course, it was recently announced that The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson will write and direct at least the first installment of a new Star Wars Trilogy following Episode IX, although, obviously, details are scarce (and likely will be for some time). It’s still in the conceptual phases, according to Johnson, himself. But we do know that the new series will be “Separate from the episodic Skywalker saga”, as Lucasfilm noted, and that it will feature characters that have yet to be introduced in any of the other films to date.
10-11+. New Star Wars Movie Series From Game of Thrones Showrunners
Release Dates: TBA
Directors: David Benioff and D.B. Weiss (Game of Thrones)
We don’t know much about this upcoming Star Wars movie series from the showrunners behind Game of Thrones, but the news was announced directly from Starwars.com. One thing we do know is that it’ll be a series, so there’s at least two (and likely three if we go by the history of Star Wars movies). Here’s to hoping we learn more about these soon.
Star Wars Rumors
-There are talks about Michael B. Jordan potentially playing the role of Boba Fett. (via SlashFilm)
What other Star Wars Anthology films would you like to see? Sound off in the comments below — we’d love to hear from our readers!