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Star Wars film timeline: What does Disney have in store?

Mar 30, 2016

With at least six films in the next four years, fans have a feast to savour on

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Star Wars fans know the value of patience. With 30 years between the first trilogy and the second, and then a further ten years between the second and third, fans of the space opera are used to waiting quite a while for their next helping of the franchise.

But those days appear to be over: the arrival of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in December 2015 was the first of six films Disney has planned for the franchise in the next four years.

They aren't all going to feature Luke or Leia Skywalker or even new stars Rey or Finn. There will be prequels and sequels alongside major character spin-off films as the blockbuster behemoth brings the franchise to more and more cinema-goers worldwide.

So which films are on the horizon?

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

The next new film, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, is the one we know most about. Godzilla director Gareth Edwards takes the helm for the first ever Star Wars spin-off movie, a story that exists between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, where Rebel Alliance soldiers work to steal the plans for the original Death Star.

Release date: 16 December 2016

Star Wars: Episode VIII

With The Force Awakens leaving fans on a cliffhanger, the rumour mill for [4] the next film has already begun in earnest. Originally planned for May 2017, the second film in the new trilogy will now open in December next year and has Rian Johnson of Looper fame at the helm. Reports from the set suggest it will mark a much darker turn for the trilogy.

Release date: 15 December 2017

Star Wars Anthology: Han Solo

A young Han Solo feature film is reportedly on the horizon with Hollywood Reporter declaring that the choice of the main lead could be down to just three actors: Alden Ehrenreich, who appeared in Hail, Caesar!; Jack Reynor, best known for Transformers: Age of Extinction; and Taron Egerton, the star of Eddie the Eagle. The film's plot is set to focus on the origins of Solo, including how he first met Chewie and how he became the smuggler that Luke and Leia first meet in A New Hope.

Release date: 25 May 2018

Star Wars: Episode IX

Little is known about the final episode of the new trilogy, except that it will feature another new director in Jurassic World mastermind Colin Trevorrow. The film is being written by Rian Johnson though, so fans can expect some continuity in themes and tone from Episode VIII.

Release date: 2019

Star Wars Anthology: Boba Fett

The last planned spin-off will see everyone's favourite Darth Vader henchman get his own origins tale. Commenting on its delay, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy told Entertainment Weekly the story was one they were very keen to tell: "There is a lot of innovative technology in and around what it is we're doing with that story, so for a lot of reasons, we were comfortable postponing that."

Release date: 2020 

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