The release of J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: The Force Awakens in December 2015 kicked off a string of Star Wars stories planned by Disney and LucasFilm that will allow several other inventive storytellers to play in this particular sandbox -- sometimes continuing the trilogy started by Abrams, and sometimes branching out to tell what are being classified as "Star Wars Stories."
In short, we have many years ahead of new and different Star Wars titles hitting the big screen. But what exactly are those projects? How long do we have to wait for them? We've got you covered with the guide below!
Star Wars: Episode IX
The hotly-anticipated Star Wars: Episode IX has undergone some significant behind the scenes problems. Initially the script for the film was written by Star Wars: The Last Jedi writer/director Rian Johnson, and Colin Trevorrow was attached to direct... but that was before the death of Carrie Fisher. That tragic event unfortunately forced the filmmakers to scrap what they had been working on, and it was decided that Trevorrow would step away from the helm. Lucasfilm has hired Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams to replace him, and he will be co-writing the script with Chris Terrio. Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Kelly Marie-Tran, and Lupita Nyong'o are all expected to reprise their respective roles. Get the latest on Star Wars: Episode IX HERE.
Release Date: December 20, 2019
A Boba Fett Movie
Tell us if you're starting to see a pattern: Lucasfilm has been working a Boba Fett solo feature (which will presumably be titled Boba Fett: A Star Wars Story) for some time now, but it has been plagued by development issues. Back in June 2014, it was announced that director Josh Trank would be directing what was then an unidentified Star Wars feature. Unfortunately, the world then saw a series of things go wrong in the making of Trank's Fantastic Four reboot, and 11 months after his hiring he was fired by Lucasfilm. It was recently revealed that Logan writer-director James Mangold has been tapped to lead the Boba Fett movie to the big screen, so that's huge forward progress. Beyond that, though, we don't have any concrete details, though fans are speculating that this might be how Disney and Lucasfilm continue Han Solo's story.
Release Date: Rumored for 2020
Rian Johnson's Star Wars Trilogy
While Star Wars: Episode IX won't be using a script written by Rian Johnson, the beloved franchise is far from done with him. Prior to the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Lucasfilm announced that their collaboration with Johnson would continue with the development of an entire new trilogy. It is unclear what this trilogy will be about, when it will be set in regards to the Star Wars stories that we know, or if/how it will connect to the classic film. What we do know is that we will surely be hearing a lot more about these films in the years to come.
Release Date: Rumored for 2021
The Benioff-Weiss Star Wars Trilogy
As J.J. Abrams prepares to conclude an existing trilogy with next year's Star Wars: Episode IX, two exciting trilogies are potentially getting underway. We told you about The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson beginning work on a trilogy of films. At the same time, Game of Thrones producer-writers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have been given the greenlight to start crafting a trilogy of Star Wars films. Now, we know less than nothing about these. Game of Thrones is still concluding, so that will come first. And it's possible these stories go to Disney's planned streaming service, which wants to compete with Netflix. But we want to mention this, as it has been announced, so stay tuned.