With Obi-Wan Kenobi, Andor, and season 3 of The Mandalorian coming this year to Disney+, Star Wars films have taken a bit of a backseat at Lucasfilm. However, in the latest Vanity Fair cover story, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy gave a little update on the future of Star Wars on the big screen.
The only Star Wars film on Disney’s current release schedule is Rogue Squadron on December 22, 2023. Disney also has two untitled Star Wars films scheduled to release in December 2025 and 2027. However after being delayed indefinitely, the film directed by Patty Jenkins (Wonder Woman), has been put on the backburner as Jenkins works on other projects. The date could be replaced by the Taika Waititi (Thor: Love and Thunder) directed film or taken out of the schedule. The Vanity Fair story does suggest that the Waititi film should be coming first now, but the dates of the projects are still unknown.
In addition to the projects by Jenkins and Waititi, a film produced by Marvel’s own Kevin Feige and written by Michael Waldron (Loki, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness) is also coming. However, the news many fans have been waiting for an update on is Rian Johnson’s proposed trilogy. Kennedy claims the films are still indeed in development, however they are not the prime focus of the studio right now. Johnson currently has a deal with Netflix to work on Knives Out films, so his trilogy could be a while away.
In addition to specific projects, Kennedy also seems to suggest that trilogies won’t be the main focus of the studio anymore. Future Star Wars stories could be standalone events in the galaxy and not be confined to a trilogy standard.
More information on these future films may be revealed at Star Wars Celebration later this May. However, as Disney+ dominates the Star Wars storytelling, it is good to see that Star Wars on the big screen isn’t being lost.