Star Wars: Everything We Know About Every Upcoming Movie And Show
For a short time in 2018, it looked like Star Wars fans would have a long wait before they had any new on-screen adventures to watch. The commercial disappointment of the spin-off movie Solo: A Star Wars Story led Disney boss Bob Iger to admit that the studio had released too many films too quickly, and that the whole franchise would be taking a break after the release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker in December 2019 to reassess its priorities. Thankfully for fans, this hiatus didn't last long.
The launch of Disney+ changed the future of the long-running franchise. While expensive standalone spin-off movies such as Rogue One and Solo are seemingly off the table for the time being, Lucasfilm and Disney have clearly realised that streaming is the perfect place for these stories. Disney+ launched with The Mandalorian, which proved far less divisive amongst fans than either The Last Jedi or The Rise of Skywalker. Showrunner Jon Favreau's skillful blending of the familiar and the new has helped ensure a healthy future for this venerable franchise on the small screen.
With the dust having settled on the Skywalker Saga, a number of new Star Wars projects have been reported over the past few months. Shows that have been in the works for a while have had new creative talent join them, while exciting new names have been added to the roster of filmmakers working within the franchise. This doesn't mean that every project will ultimately be made, but whatever happens, Lucasfilm has assembled an interesting and diverse collection of writers and directors to work on new ideas.
It will be interesting to see if the focus returns to the big screen, or if Disney+ is now the true home for the franchise. But either way, there should be plenty of exciting galactic action heading our way over the next few years. So here's everything we know so far about every Star Wars movie and show that's in the works.
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The Mandalorian, Season 2
The debut season of the first ever live-action Star Wars show hit Disney+ back in November, and Season 2 is on the way. This is the only upcoming Star Wars release with any sort of release date--while we don't know specifically when it'll arrive, Disney did confirm in February that it will be with us in October. Pedro Pascal will be back as the mysterious bounty hunter, with Gina Carano, Carl Weathers, and Giancarlo Esposito all set to return. In terms of new cast members, Rosario Dawson and Michael Biehn are on board, while the directors this time round will include Peyton Reed, Robert Rodriguez, Carl Weathers, Dave Filoni, and showrunner Jon Favreau. The show has also been renewed for Season 3.
Cassian Andor Show
A live-action show based on the Rogue One character Cassian Andor was first announced in 2018. It's set to star Diego Luna as the Rebel spy, plus Alan Tyduck, who plays Andor's sardonic droid K-2SO, and Stellan Skarsgård. The show has had some delays, but seems to be moving forward. In early May, Disney announced that Genevieve O'Reilly will reprise her Rogue One role as Mon Mothma, while Tony Gilroy, who was brought in to oversee reshoots on Rogue One, will be the showrunner.
Obi-Wan Kenobi Show
One of the reported casualties of the commercial disappointment of Solo: A Star Wars Story was an Obi-Wan Kenobi movie. While the film had never been officially announced, Ewan McGregor was reportedly set to return to the role he last played in 2005's Revenge of the Sith--until Solo's failure put a stop to further standalone Star Wars spin-offs. But after months of rumors, McGregor confirmed last summer that he would in fact play Obi-Wan in a new Disney+ TV show, set between Episode III and IV. Like Cassian Andor, the Obi-Wan show has hit a few bumps in the road--production was postponed to allow more time for scripts to be written, and in January, original writer Hossein Amini was replaced by Joby Harold. But Deborah Chow is still on board to direct, and with any luck the series will start shooting once production resumes in Hollywood.
Rian Johnson's Trilogy
The Last Jedi might have divided fans, but there's no denying it was phenomenally successful at the box office. In 2017, writer and director Rian Johnson was handed the keys to a new Star Wars trilogy, which he would develop and potentially direct. Johnson stated in February 2019 that it was still happening, and in January this year he said he was "still talking to Lucasfilm." But with Johnson now planning the sequel to his hit thriller Knives Out, don't expect to see anything Star Wars-related from the filmmaker any time soon.
Kevin Feige's Movie
Marvel super-producer Kevin Feige is another big name who has been attached to a potential Star Wars movie. Feige's involvement was reported in September 2019, and in November he confirmed that he was interested in making one. "I love that world and I love the notion of exploring new people and new places in that universe, but that's all that can be said for now," he said. To be honest, it's hard to see how Feige could squeeze a Star Wars film into his Marvel Cinematic Universe schedule, but it would be fascinating to see him sprinkle some of that MCU magic on the franchise.
J.D. Dillard and Matt Owens' Project
Dillard and Owens were the first of several filmmakers that have been attached to new Star Wars projects in the past few months. Dillard previously directed the sci-fi thriller Sleight, while Owens is best known for writing Marvel shows such as Luke Cage and Agents of SHIELD. It's currently unknown if the pair are developing a new show or movie.
Lesley Headland's Show
Headland is the co-creator of the acclaimed Netflix sci-fi comedy/drama Russian Doll. It was rumored that she was working on a new Star Wars series in April, and this was subsequently confirmed by Lucasfilm. The initial story was reported by Variety, who stated that Headland's show would be "female-centric" and would "take place in a different part of the Star Wars timeline than other projects." Russian Doll was one of 2019's best new shows, so Headland's involvement in the Star Wars universe is exciting news.
Taika Waititi's Movie
Taika Waititi is the latest high-profile filmmaker to be announced for a future Star Wars project. Of course, this won't be Waititi's first visit to the Star Wars universe, as he directed an episode of The Mandalorian and played the droid IG-11 in the show. But this time he's getting to co-write and direct an entire movie, along with co-writer Krysty Wilson-Cairns, who mostly recently worked on the acclaimed war movie 1917. While further details are unknown, Lucasfilm has confirmed that this will be a theatrical movie, rather than a Disney+ series. Of course, Waititi still has Thor: Love and Thunder to make once production starts again in Hollywood, so we might be waiting a while for his Star Wars movie.