You’ve just seen The Force Awakens. You are dying to see the NEXT Star Wars movie that opens on December 16, 2016. But first let's get you refreshed on the original 3 movies that started the whole franchise at our Star Wars Trilogy party Saturday December 10, starting at 5pm.
Here's the lowdown on the next theatrical releases:
Rogue One (in theaters 12/16/2016)
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Godzilla director Gareth Edwards has been hired to direct the first Star Wars spinoff story, meaning it has nothing to do with Rey (Daisy Ridley), Finn (John Boyega), Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) or the rest of the characters from J.J. Abrams’ trilogy launcher. Instead, Rogue One will tell a story that exists between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, where Rebel Alliance soldiers work to steal the plans to the original Death Star.
Release Date: December 16, 2016
Star Wars: Episode VIII
J.J. Abrams passes the Star Wars baton to Rian Johnson, who will continue to develop the story that began in The Force Awakens. Knowing what we know from Force, Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), General Hux (Domhnall Gleeson) and Snoke (Andy Serkis) will continue to make life difficult for Rey (Daisy Ridley), Finn (John Boyega) and ace pilot Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac). Benicio Del Toro has snagged a big antagonist role. But what part will Luke Skywalker play in the developing sequel? From what we are hearing, it will be MUCH larger... but it HAS to be, right?
Release Date: December 15, 2017
Young Han Solo Movie
The plan beyond 2017 gets a little murky, with several moving parts and fewer elements set in Star Wars stone. We know that Disney's doing a solo Han Solo movie, and they’ve hired a few creative voices to guide the ship. Lawrence Kasdan will co-write the script, while 21 Jump Street and The LEGO Movie wizards Phil Lord and Chris Miller will share the director’s chair. They have hired Alden Ehrenreich to play the lead smuggler, and if you saw him in Hail, Caesar!, you know that's a great choice. Now they are looking for a female lead, but not hiring has occurred yet.
Release Date: May 25, 2018
Star Wars: Episode IX
All we know about Star Wars: Episode IX is that it will conclude the trilogy started in The Force Awakens, and it will be helmed by Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow. He’ll have access to Force stars like Daisy Ridley and John Boyega, though whom else sticks around for the duration of the story is beyond us, at this moment.
Release Date: May 23, 2019 (Tentative)
A Boba Fett Movie
This is another one that has been rumored for some time, but complications behind the scenes led to a director change, and now the spinoff movie rests in limbo. Seeing as how the next four years have their assigned Star Wars movies mapped out, a Boba Fett film likely would be bumped to 2020. But there have been no powerful moves on this as of yet, so stay tuned to see what develops.
Release Date: Rumored for 2020