All Star Wars Movies Currently Due For Release
Here are all the upcoming Star Wars movies, what they’re about, and their respective release dates/windows. Lucasfilm relaunched the Star Wars movie slate in 2015, a few years after the Disney acquisition, and had plans to release a new film every single year. The franchise hit this expectation through 2019, which saw the conclusion of the sequel trilogy with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. The end of the Skywalker Saga coincided with the launch of Disney+ and the debut of The Mandalorian, and Lucasfilm’s success with the latter release signaled a shift in focus. Following shows like The Mandalorian, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Andor, Star Wars movies have taken a backseat in recent years to TV shows as Lucasfilm became a significant force for Disney+ content. Not only did The Mandalorian become the streaming service’s flagship original show, its success even saw Disney and Lucasfilm rethink their plans for certain Star Wars movies, which is why Obi-Wan Kenobi became a series instead of a feature film.
Indeed, while upcoming Star Wars movies used to be the bread and butter of the franchise, this role has been taken over by the various Disney+ series that have fleshed out stories peripheral to the main saga. That said, this doesn’t necessarily mean that the franchise is abandoning movies altogether – only that they are unlikely to come out anytime soon, as more Star Wars Disney+ shows are in the works. Currently, there are no shortage of rumors and reports about the status of the next Star Wars movie, but little information is officially known about the franchise’s plans for the big screen. Several films have been stuck in development as Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy reportedly looks for someone to oversee the grand plan. That has only led to the list of confirmed projects continuing to grow. Here what’s been revealed about every upcoming Star Wars film.
Confirmed Upcoming Star Wars Movie Release Dates
Star Wars, Lucasfilm, and Disney have planted their flag on some prime release dates years into the future, with specific dates already picked out through 2027. Abandoning its previous yearly release format, Star Wars is going with a bi-yearly plan. After seeing great success with the sequel trilogy and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story with December releases, the studio is planning to release its next three films around the Christmas holiday season as well. The confirmed release dates for the next three upcoming Star Wars movies are:
December 22, 2023 December 19, 2025 December 17, 2027
Rogue Squadron Is On Hold Indefinitely
With Rogue Squadron removed from Star Wars’ movie schedule, the future of the franchise’s film slate is muddier than ever, as it was the only announced Star Wars movie attached to an actual release date. Initially set to be released in theaters on December 22, 2023 – which Star Wars previously kept on its schedule despite the lack of any real development on production – Rogue Squadron is now officially in development hell. Before this, there have been multiple reports of creative differences between Rogue Squadron director Patty Jenkins and Lucasfilm, which led to Kathleen Kennedy saying in 2022 that the film has been « pushed off to the side for the moment. » Moreover, after Wonder Woman’s Patty Jenkins revealed in November 2021 that she would be pursuing the third Wonder Woman movie instead, Jenkins announced in October 2022 that she had finished the Wonder Woman 3 script.
Star Wars: A Droid Story (Release Date TBC)
One of Lucasfilm’s upcoming Star Wars movies – Star Wars: A Droid Story – will be animated and released on Disney+. Announced in 2020, Star Wars: A Droid Story will focus on the franchise’s most iconic droids: R2-D2 and C-3PO. Plot details are mostly still under wraps at this point, but Kathleen Kennedy teased in the announcement that it will also introduce a new protagonist. The story is also said to be a secret held by R2-D2 and C-3PO alone. The creative team for Star Wars: A Droid Story is still a mystery, as is when the animated film will release on Disney+. At this stage, it’s unclear if this movie can get released by 2023.
Taika Waititi’s Star Wars Movie (Release Date TBC)
Taika Waititi (Thor: Love and Thunder) was rumored to have snagged his own Star Wars film for a while after voicing the droid IG-11 and directing The Mandalorian season 1 finale, and in early 2022, Kathleen Kennedy said that Waititi’s movie is slated for release in late 2023. However, since then, no actual release date has been set for the still-untitled film. What’s clear is that Waititi will be co-writing his untitled Star Wars movie with Krysty Wilson-Cairns (1917), and in 2022, Waititi said that he was still working on the story. Despite an indication that it is still in the early stages of development, Kathleen Kennedy indicated that Taika Waititi’s film will be the next Star Wars movie to release in theaters — which could mean that his film will take the vacant December 2025 release date on Disney’s slate. Moreover, with the MCU’s future film slate already filled for years and the fifth Thor movie yet to be green-lit by Marvel, it’s possible Taika Waititi’s Star Wars movie is getting the attention it deserves. That said, the only real update about the movie is that The Batman’s Joker, Barry Keoghan, wants in, which could encourage development.
Kevin Feige’s Star Wars Movie (Release Date TBC)
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige is also producing a Star Wars movie that will release some time after Obi-Wan Kenobi. He recruited Loki and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness writer Michael Waldron to work on the script. It has been three years since the film was announced, but the fact that it will be a standalone adventure – and not a sequel – is the only real development to come since 2019. Feige has also teased interest in wanting to use a major Marvel Cinematic Universe actor in his film, while rumors of Eternals’ Chloé Zhao directing were debunked. Those looking forward to seeing what Kevin Feige does with Star Wars may need to pump the brakes a bit, as Kathleen Kennedy teased in 2022 that it is still in the very early stages of development.
J.D. Dillard’s Star Wars Movie (Release Date TBC)
It was also previously revealed that J.D. Dillard is developing a Star Wars movie. The announcement came in 2020, the year after his monster-thriller Sweetheart was released. Early details on the project said Dillard is co-writing the movie with Matt Owens (Luke Cage). There has been a lack of news on its progress since then, partially due to Dillard’s focus on his Korean War pilot film Devotion, starring Glen Powell and Jonathan Majors. With Devotion releasing in 2022, he might now be able to shift his attention back towards the galaxy far, far away. For now, J.D. Dillard’s Star Wars movie does not have a release date.
Is Rian Johnson’s Star Wars Trilogy Still Happening?
One of the biggest questions lingering over the future of the franchise is the status of Rian Johnson’s Star Wars trilogy. Lucasfilm handed the director of Star Wars: The Last Jedi a new trilogy of movies in 2017, a few months before the second installment of the sequel trilogy debuted. It is no secret that Star Wars: The Last Jedi was a divisive film for the franchise, which left Rian Johnson’s future with Star Wars in question. Despite plenty of rumors and speculation that he is no longer making the trilogy, the official word is that they are still on; they just are not the priority for either party. The Last Jedi director is enjoying the creative freedom with his new Knives Out franchise, while Lucasfilm is still charting its path after the Star Wars sequel trilogy. Kathleen Kennedy says that Rian Johnson’s trilogy will happen when their schedules align and that he still consults on various Star Wars projects thanks to the great relationship he forged with Lucasfilm’s brass.
Star Wars Immediate Future Is In TV Shows
Whereas the studio’s film plans are a bit more unclear and mysterious, there are plenty of confirmed upcoming Star Wars TV shows. Disney+ has a steady stream of animated and live-action Star Wars content coming to the streaming service for the rest of 2022, with plans to debut even more in the years to come. While the movies are in limbo, the release dates for the upcoming Star Wars shows are locked and loaded:
The Mandalorian season 3 (February 2023) Star Wars: Visions season 2 (2023) Ahsoka (2023) Star Wars: Skeleton Crew (2023) Young Jedi Adventures (2023) The Acolyte (TBC) Lando (TBC)
What Is Actually Going On With The Star Wars Movies?
It’s undeniable that the movie side of Star Wars isn’t in a healthy shape for such a tent pole franchise. The Star Wars shows carving out a new timeline as the movies linger in development hell can’t be blamed solely on the lack of creative direction for cinematic outings, as it’s also a symptom of the inherent advantages of the shows over the feature films. The beloved Skywalker saga was fleshed out through the Star Wars trilogies, which means expectations for the movies are much higher. This is why, following The Rise of Skywalker, it remains unclear which direction the franchise intends to go. In contrast, the writers and directors of the Star Wars Disney+ shows have much more creative license, as well as an entire season to tell a story within instead of just two hours. The shows are also comparatively easier to develop, as a lack of a Box-office to dominate removes no end of pressure. That said, as the earliest feasible release date for the next Star Wars movie is around 2025, the time gap between Star Wars’ last and next movies continues to grow, and the shows seem to be taking the reins in terms of fleshing out stories typically reserved for the films.
Star Wars’ immediate future might just be in the shows, but it’s good to know Disney has far from given up on the movies just yet. The House of Mouse is simply ensuring their next Star Wars movie lives up to the legacy of the Skywalker saga. Even though the Star Wars Disney+ shows are good, however, audiences are still getting increasingly frustrated over the lack of feature-length offerings on the horizon. Hopefully, at least one or more of these slated (and mostly untitled) Star Wars films can claw their way out of development hell soon.