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New Star Wars movies coming in 2022, 2024, and 2026

What’s next for Star Wars after Rise of Skywalker?

The Millennium Falcon warps into hyperdrive in a still from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
The Millennium Falcon in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
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Disney announced its upcoming movie slate on Tuesday, stretching out through 2027 and revealing the dates for the next three Star Wars movies. The next Star Wars film, the first new one after the conclusion of the nine-episode Skywalker saga, will hit movie theaters on Dec. 16, 2022.

That means there will be a three-year gap between Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and Lucasfilm’s next Star Wars movie. Two additional Star Wars films are slated for Dec. 20, 2024, and Dec. 18, 2026.

All three Star Wars projects are untitled, and it’s not clear yet whether those films will be a new trilogy, a series of stand-alone Saga-style films, or something else altogether.

Lucasfilm and Disney have two announced series of Star Wars movies in the works. One is being overseen by Rian Johnson, the writer and director of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. That will be a new trilogy of films, the first of which will be written and directed by Johnson.

Johnson’s trilogy will “introduce new characters from a corner of the galaxy that Star Wars lore has never before explored,” Lucasfilm and Disney said in 2017.

Lucasfilm and Disney are also working on new Star Wars films with Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. The parties involved haven’t specified the scope of that series of films — they haven’t committed to a trilogy, in other words — nor have they provided details on what aspects of the Star Wars universe they plan to explore.

In terms of timing, it seems more likely that Johnson’s films will come first. Johnson’s trilogy was the first of the new films to be announced, and the director’s current project, Knives Out, will hit theaters later this year, freeing him up to get back to Star Wars. Benioff and Weiss said they planned to “get started” on their Star Wars project “as soon as the final season of Game of Thrones is complete,” which means the end of May.

Disney has said that the Star Wars franchise will pause and reset after The Rise of Skywalker. CEO Bob Iger said in April that the film franchise will go on a “bit of a hiatus” after the release of five Star Wars movies from 2015 through 2019.

But Star Wars fans still have plenty of new content to keep them entertained through 2022. The Mandalorian, the live-action television series coming to exclusively to the Disney Plus streaming service, will arrive in November. Disney has also committed to a seventh season of animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars for Disney Plus. A new video game, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, hits consoles and PC this fall. And Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, a new land at Disney theme parks, is slated to open in 2019.

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