After the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in just eight short days, fans won't have to wait too long to go back to this beloved galaxy far, far away. In just one year and six days, the first spinoff will be released, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which is set between Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. The second spinoff, Star Wars Anthology: Han Solo Movie, set for release in May 2018, will also be set before the events of Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, which has lead many fans to believe that the Third Star Wars Spin-Off Movie will also be a prequel. /Film recently spoke with producer Kathleen Kennedy, who confirmed that the spinoffs won't all be prequels.
"No, no. It just so happens to be Rogue One is the precursor to New Hope and yes, this Han Solo idea but I would not argue that we are setting up any kind of prequel notion with these standalone movies. I think that's so far just coincidence. And to be perfectly honest, we have changed the order of those at the last minute, so that's not the intention at all."
While it isn't known exactly what Kathleen Kennedy meant by "we've changed the order of those at the last minute," /Film speculates that she was talking about the release of the Third Star Wars Spin-Off Movie, which was supposed to be the second of the spinoffs before director Josh Trank left the project. The untitled movie currently doesn't have a release date in place, and no director has come aboard to replace Josh Trank yet. Now the Star Wars Anthology: Han Solo Movie will be the second spinoff, with Phil Lord and Chris Miller at the helm, and a May 25, 2018 release date in place. The site also speculates that the producer may be inferring this project, long rumored to center on Boba Fett, will not be a prequel, as previously believed.
The producer went on to say that the anthology movies can be set practically anywhere along the Star Wars franchise timeline. She also addressed how their approach to an interconnected universe will be much different than another one of Disney's franchises, the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Here's what the producer had to say about how their franchise is told from a different perspective.
"It is definitely in the genre thinking but Star Wars is very different than Marvel in that they basically build their stories around characters, and then they seed those characters in different stories. Star Wars, you know, is a place, it's a universe, so those stories are constructed a little differently than Marvel. They are really being designed as standalone movies which is fantastic for the filmmakers we bring in, and the actors we hire, because it's a different sensibility."
However, much like the MCU, everything in the Star Wars world will be connected, from the movies to the TV series Star Wars Rebels, to video games like Star Wars Battlefront and the slew of novels and comics released under the Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens label. We also reported last month that LucasFilm is planning to release a new Star Wars movie every year, indefinitely, all of which will be connected to this growing universe. What do you think about these new Star Wars details?