Disney and LucasFilm have promised fans that one new Star Wars movie is coming every year for the indefinite future. And they already have their Star Wars slate lined up through the last half of this decade. After being absent from theaters screens for over ten years, everyone’s favorite characters from Return of the Jedi returned for the sequel Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which has gone onto break worldwide box office records and is on its way to becoming one of the biggest movies of all time.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens not only features the return of icons such Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Chewbacca, C-3PO and R2-D2, it also introduces fans to a new generation of heroes and villains. The Force sensitive Rey joins with AWOL Stormtrooper Finn to take on The First Order, a remnant of the Galactic Empire led by General Hux and Kylo Ren. Other new characters, whose story will continue on in this new trilogy, include the X-Wing pilot Poe Dameron, Stormtrooper leader Captain Phasma, and space pirate Maz Kanata.
The 7th Star Wars movie is being followed by the first in a series of spinoff movies that will revolve around the wide-ranging galaxy. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story takes place between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. Following the foundation of the Galactic Empire, a wayward band of Rebel fighters comes together to carry out a desperate mission: To steal the plans for the Death Star before it can be used to enforce the Emperor's rule. This will precede the second Star Wars standalone movie, which follows the early adventures of smuggler Han Solo and his loyal co-pilot and companion Chewbacca. This sci-fi adventure will show Han and Chewy before they joined Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi on a crusade to rescue the Princess from the Death Star.
In 2017, Star Wars 8 will continue the adventures of Rey and Finn, bringing many of the answers to questions posed in The Force Awakens. Most of the new characters will return, with Kylo Ren sent to finish his training, while Rey, Chewbacca and R2-D2 help Luke Skywalker restore peace and order to the galaxy. This story will be brought to its conclusion in 2019, with Star Wars 9. It isn’t known if any of the Force trilogy characters will continue on in future movies. There will be a third Star Wars spinoff arriving in 2020. It is rumored to follow the adventures of bounty hunter Boba Fett.
As the Star Wars movies move into the next decade, it has not yet been revealed who will continue on in this galactic space opera. It is rumored that Yoda, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Jabba the Hutt will all get their own movies at some point in the next two decades. With one new Star Wars movie coming every year for the foreseeable future, the opportunities for adventure are endless. And we’re sure to learn more about this galaxy far, far away in the process. One thing is for certain, you can expect to see C-3PO and R2-D2 in every movie, which was the plan from the very start of this franchise. And it is a tradition that has carried through in the past 7 live-action movies.
Next Star Wars Movie
- December 16th, 2016
- 133 mins
From Lucasfilm comes the first of the Star Wars standalone films, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” an all-new epic adventure. In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves.
- December 15th, 2017
On June 20, 2014, Rian Johnson was announced to write and direct Episode VIII and write Episode IX. Kathleen Kennedy, Ram Bergman, Lawrence Kasdan, Simon Kinberg will serve as producers and JJ Abrams as executive producer. Steve Yedlin will serve as cinematographer. Johnson confirmed in August 2014 that he would direct Episode VIII. It is scheduled for release on May 26, 2017.
In March 2015, Oscar Isaac confirmed he would reprise his Force Awakens role of Poe Dameron in Episode VIII. In July 2015, it was reported that Benicio del Toro was being considered for a villain for Episode VIII, and del Toro later confirmed that he was cast. In September 2015, it was reported that Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Tatiana Maslany, Gina Rodriguez and Olivia Cooke are on the shortlist for two separate parts. In November 2015, Jimmy Vee was cast as R2-D2, replacing Kenny Baker.
Like The Force Awakens, filming for Episode VIII will take place at Pinewood Studios near London. Principal filming is scheduled to begin in January 2016. In September 2015, some pre-production filming took place on the island of Skellig Michael, Ireland to take advantage of better weather conditions. In an interview with Wired, Abrams has stated that the film's script is complete. In December 2015, Hamill, Isaac, Christie, and Boyega were confirmed to reprise their roles as Luke Skywalker, Poe Dameron, Captain Phasma and Finn, respectively. Kennedy announced on December 17, 2015 at the London premiere for The Force Awakens that the entire cast would return for Episode VIII: "There will be a handful of new cast members in Episode VIII but also all the cast members you see here tonight will be in it as well", therefore also confirming Adam Driver, Lupita Nyong'o, Domhnall Gleeson, Carrie Fisher and Daisy Ridley reprising as well.
- May 25th, 2018
The story focuses on how young Han Solo became the smuggler, thief, and scoundrel whom Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi first encountered in the cantina at Mos Eisley.
- May 23rd, 2019
Continuing the saga of what happens after Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars: Episode 8 and of course the original trilogy that spawned the storyline.
Rumored to follow intergalactic bounty hunter, Boba Fett.
- December 18th, 2015
- 136 mins
Thirty years after the defeat of the Empire, Luke Skywalker has vanished and a new threat has risen: The First Order, led by the mysterious Supreme Leader Snoke and his dark side enforcer, Kylo Ren. General Leia Organa’s military force, the Resistance — and unlikely heroes brought together by fate — are the galaxy’s only hope at thwarting a new reign of evil.
- May 25th, 1983
- 135 mins
As the Emperor himself oversees the construction of the new Death Star by Lord Darth Vader and the evil Galactic Empire, smuggler Han Solo is rescued from the clutches of the vile gangster Jabba the Hutt by his friends, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Chewbacca. Leaving Skywalker Jedi training with Yoda, Solo returns to the Rebel Fleet to prepare for to complete his battle with the Empire itself. During the ensuing fighting the newly returned Skywalker is captured by Vader. Can the Rebels, and their new found friends, the Ewoks, help restore freedom to the Galaxy?
- May 21st, 1980
- 124 mins
After receiving a vision from Obi-Wan Kenobi and fleeing the ice world of Hoth with his friends after an Imperial attack, Luke Skywalker travels to the marsh planet of Dagobah, where he is instructed in the ways of the Force by the legendary Jedi master Yoda. Meanwhile, Han Solo and Princess Leia make their way to planet Bespin, where they are greeted by Han's old friend, a shifty gambler named Lando Calrissian. Ambushed by the Empire shortly after their arrival, Han and his friends are imprisoned by Darth Vader. Luke leaves Dagobah to rescue his friends, and is met by Vader and a startling revelation.
- May 25th, 1977
- 121 mins
Luke Skywalker stays with his foster aunt and uncle on a farm on Tatooine. He is desperate to get off this planet and get to the Academy like his friends, but his uncle needs him for the next harvest. Meanwhile, an evil emperor has taken over the galaxy, and has constructed a formidable "Death Star" capable of destroying whole planets. Princess Leia, a leader in the resistance movement, acquires plans of the Death Star, places them in R2D2, a droid, and sends him off to find Obi-Wan Kenobi. Before he finds him, R2D2 ends up on Skywalkers' farm with his friend C3PO. R2 then wanders into the desert, and when Luke follows, they eventually come across Obi-Wan. Will Luke, Obi-Wan, and the two droids be able to destroy the Death Star, or will the Emperor rule forever?
- May 19th, 2005
- 138 mins
After three long years of relentless fighting, the Clone Wars are nearly at an end. The Jedi Council dispatches Obi-Wan Kenobi to bring General Grievous, the deadly leader of the Separatist droid army, to justice. Meanwhile, back on Coruscant, Chancellor Palpatine has grown in power. His sweeping political changes transform the war-weary Republic into the mighty Galactic Empire. To his closest ally, Anakin Skywalker, he reveals the true nature of power and the promised secrets of the Force in an attempt to lure him to the dark side.
- May 16th, 2002
- 142 mins
Ten years later, Anakin Skywalker shares a forbidden romance with Padmé, while Obi-Wan investigates an assassination attempt on the Princess and discovers a secret clone army crafted for the Jedi.
- May 19th, 1999
- 131 mins
When the evil Trade Federation plots to take over the peaceful planet of Naboo, Jedi warrior Qui-Gon Jinn and his apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi embark on an amazing adventure to save the planet. With them on their journey is the young queen Amidala, Gungan outcast JarJar Binks, and the powerful Captain Panaka, who will all travel to the faraway planets of Tatooine and Coruscant in a futile attempt to save their world from Darth Sidious, leader of the Trade Federation, and Darth Maul, the strongest Dark Lord of the Sith to ever wield a lightsaber.