Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is set to end the sequel trilogy that was kickstarted back in 2015, and Disney has long since announced that the franchise will take a much deserved break after the movie comes out. As it turns out, the rumors were true, and it looks like we’ll have to wait until 2022 for Star Wars to come back to the big screen.
According to a press release from Disney (via ComicBook), we should expect one Star Wars film to come out in the years 2022, 2024, and 2026. Disney also writes:
“The updated calendar also sets release dates for major franchises Avatar and Star Wars. With Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker bringing the original Skywalker Saga to its conclusion, three new as-yet-untitled Star Wars films will release on the pre-Christmas weekend every other year beginning in 2022. Four forthcoming Avatar films, expanding the vibrant world of Pandora, will release on the pre-Christmas weekend every other year beginning in 2021.”
Disappointingly, it looks like Lucasfilm is definitely dropping the Anthology film concept to focus on the release of these “main” movies. Hopefully with Disney+, fans’ desire for Star Wars material will be satiated with the release of some original series and maybe even some exclusive films. I’m sure people would still love a Kenobi film plus a continuation of Solo: A Star Wars Story.
We don’t know what these three movies will be, but it’s likely it’s going to be either the first installment to Rian Johnson’s trilogy or David Benioff and D.B. Weiss’ series of films that are rumored to be centered on the Old Republic era.
For now, we wait for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker which comes out Dec. 20.