All the new and upcoming Star Wars movies and TV shows on the horizon
Thrillers, coming-of-age adventure, and more: What’s next for Star Wars on screen
Ever since its debut in 1977, Star Wars has captured the imagination of viewers incorporating multiple genres including sci-fi, fantasy, and old-school westerns. The special effects and elaborate costumes transported you to a whole new world while the engaging character-driven story helped ground the events for contemporary audiences to enjoy. The original trilogy of movies - Star Wars (1977), The Empire Strikes Back (1980), and Return of the Jedi (1983) - became a cultural phenomenon spawning novels, comics, cartoons and more. Even today, it still holds a significant influence in entertainment.
Decades later, following a continual expansion of the franchise that included a prequel movie trilogy, multiple animated TV spin-offs, and more novels and comic books than many could have imagined, Disney purchased the franchise, and indeed all of Lucasfilm, from creator George Lucas. Very quickly, Disney reset the expanded Star Wars universe. Out of the stories prior to the acquisition, only Lucas' six films and the animated The Clone Wars were to be considered canon. Everything else was labeled ‘Legends.’ With an almost blank slate, the company could mold and guide the brand as they saw fit.
Under Disney's stewardship, Star Wars continues to be a juggernaut. The Sequel Trilogy, consisting of The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi, and The Rise of Skywalker, served as a good transitional step to usher in this new era. The legacy characters of yore passed the baton to a new generation of heroes. In addition, standalone films such as Rogue One and Solo, explored new corners of the world while retaining a link to the familiar.
With the 2019 launch of Disney's streaming platform Disney+, the Star Wars universe has continued to grow. Two seasons of The Mandalorian and its spin-off, The Book of Boba Fett have offered a look at life after the Empire's defeat in the period between the original and sequel trilogies, while Obi-Wan Kenobi and Andor have filled in the time between the prequel and original trilogies in a similar manner. There have been animated series as well, with the final season of The Clone Wars, along with The Bad Batch, which follows an elite squad of genetically modified clone troopers almost immediately after 2005's Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.
Surveying the current entertainment landscape, there is a new approach to storytelling. Marvel Studios has proven that you can leverage the mediums of film and television to generate content that connects with its audience and develop a rich viewing experience. Star Wars is following the same blueprint and has various projects lined up for the future.
Upcoming Star Wars schedule
If you're looking for a quick rundown of everything with a date (or at least a year), we have that for you here:
|May 4, 2023||Star Wars: Visions volume 2||Animated anthology series||Disney+|
|May 4, 2023||Young Jedi Adventures||Animated series||Disney+ and Disney Junior|
|2023||Ahsoka season 1||Live-action series||Disney+|
|2023||Skeleton Crew season 1||Live-action series||Disney+|
And here it all that, and more, in detail.
Upcoming Star Wars movies
From a theatrical standpoint, the Star Wars franchise has been very quiet for the past few years. The most recent movie, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, came out in December of 2019 and concluded both the Sequel trilogy and the larger 'Skywalker Saga' as a whole. Part of the reason for delays is a change in strategy following the tepid response to both that movie and 2018's troubled Solo: A Star Wars Story, with the resulting pivot combining with the pandemic and other factors to delay progress on planned films.
There are, however, new films on the way according to Lucasfilm and multiple reports in the trades, as you'll see below... and for fans who waited 15 years for the Prequel Trilogy, another year or two doesn't really seem that long in comparison. Especially when, as we'll mention later, there are other ways to receive your Star Wars fix in the meantime.
Note: all of the following feature projects are unscheduled, but Disney has scheduled two untitled Star Wars feature films for theatrical release on December 19, 2025, and December 17, 2027, respectively.
- Untitled Rian Johnson trilogy
- Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
- Untitled Taika Waititi project
- Untitled Damon Lindelof/Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy project
- Untitled Shawn Levy project
Untitled Rian Johnson trilogy
A month before The Last Jedi hit theaters, it was announced that the movie’s writer/director Rian Johnson would be creating his own Star Wars trilogy, entirely separate from the Skywalker Saga and involving all-new characters from a different corner of the galaxy that has never been explored. Johnson himself would write and direct the first installment, and his frequent collaborator, Ram Bergman, would produce. However, these films are currently on the back burner with Johnson busy developing the Knives Out movies for Netflix and working on his Peacock series Poker Face. That doesn’t mean that he’s lost interest in Star Wars, however; in an October 2022 interview, he said that it’s “entirely a matter of scheduling,” adding that he “hopes” that the trilogy will come to fruition at some point.
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
In 2019, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy told MTV News that the studio was "developing something" in the movie sphere to do with the Knights of the Old Republic video game. Soon afterwards, it was reported that Avatar screenwriter Laeta Kalogridis was working on the project which was the first in a potential trilogy of features. There has been no mention of the project since then, and Lucasfilm has never officially acknowledged that it was in development. Kalogridis has since created the Netflix series Altered Carbon, as well as written a screenplay for Gal Gadot's mooted Cleopatra movie.
Untitled Taika Waititi project
During the same 2020 Disney Investor Day presentation as Rogue Squadron’s announcement, Kathleen Kennedy mentioned that a Star Wars film from Taika Waititi that was in development. Though practically all information about the project remains unknown, in a May 2022 article in Vanity Fair, Kennedy revealed that screenwriter Krysty Wilson-Cairns (Last Night in Soho, 1917) was assisting Waititi on the script. Midway through 2022, he admitted that he was “still trying to figure our what the story is,” although the Hollywood Reporter’s Heat Vision newsletter claimed a month later that he was looking at an early 2023 start for production. The current status of the project is unknown. This won’t be Waititi's first foray into Star Wars, as he directed Chapter 8: Redemption of The Mandalorian and voiced IG-11, the assassin droid.
Untitled Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy project
In October 2022, it was reported that Ms. Marvel director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy would be helming a new Star Wars feature, written by Lost and Watchmen’s Damon Lindelof. What would later be revealed was that Lindelof was just one of a team of writers attached to the project, co-writing the screenplay with newcomer Justin Britt-Gibson, and that the project was the first fruits of a writers room approach that had started in July 2022 and included Station Eleven creator Patrick Somerville, Willow writer Rayna McClendon, and Briarpatch creator Andy Greenwald, as well as Dave Filoni. No plot details about the project have been made public, although it’s rumored that it will be set after The Rise of Skywalker, making it the “latest” Star Wars story of all. In late March 2023, it was reported that Lindelof and Britt-Gibson had departed the project, and that Peaky Blinders' creator Steven Knight had stepped in to write the movie. The project has yet to be confirmed by Lucasfilm, and no release date has been announced.
Untitled Shawn Levy project
The Lindelof/Obaid-Chinoy project isn’t the only forward motion from a galaxy far, far away recently; in November 2022, it was also revealed that Free Guy and Deadpool 3 director Shawn Levy was in talks to develop a Star Wars movie of his own. A month later, he told Collider, “I have this golden ticket into a galaxy far away, and I'm going to devote myself to developing a screenplay that gives me the privilege of making this movie. I don't attach to things because it looks good in a trade announcement. I attach to things that I intend to make.” He did, however, acknowledge that the project would be some time away, as Deadpool 3 remains his sole focus right now. (That movie is scheduled for a November 2024 release.)
Upcoming Star Wars TV shows
Star Wars has been pretty consistent providing content for Disney+. When the streaming service launched, The Mandalorian was an instant success. Since then, the following new and returning series have visited different areas of the universe and brought back familiar faces while introducing new characters into the fold. Even some of the originally planned standalone anthology films, such as Boba Fett, received new life on television. The recent success only guarantees further expansion with a full slate of shows planned for the future. These streaming shows can be a nice way to tide you over until Star Wars returns to the big screen.
- Young Jedi Adventures (May 4, 2023)
- The Mandalorian Season 4
- Ahsoka (2023)
- Skeleton Crew (2023)
- A Droid Story
- Andor Season 2
- The Acolyte
Young Jedi Adventures
Announced at Star Wars Celebration 2022, Young Jedi Adventures will be the first series to take place in the age of the High Republic, centuries before Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, and will follow a class of aspiring Jedi younglings as they begin their training to become Jedi Knights. A full-length animated show geared towards preschoolers, early grade schoolers, and families, it will focus on lessons surrounding the need for compassion, self-discipline, teamwork, friendship, and patience. The creative team involves James Waugh as executive producer, Michael Olson as executive producer and showrunner, Elliot Bour as supervising director, and Lamont Magee as consulting producer. Young Jedi Adventure will arrive to Disney+ and Disney Junior May 4, 2023.
The Mandalorian Season 4
The third season has yet to debut on Disney+, but show writer and creator Jon Favreau told CinemaBlend in an interview in 2022 that he was already writing the fourth season of the Disney+ show. No further details are known, understandably.
Star Wars: Visions Season 2
In February 2023, Lucasfilm announced a second season of its animated anthology series Visions to launch in May 2023. Unlike the first season, which invited Japanese anime studios to reimagine the Star Wars mythos in their own styles, the second season is working far more internationally, with independent animation studios from the U.K., India, France, Chile and beyond invited to contribute. Episodes will debut on Disney+ May 4.
Ahsoka Tano made the jump from animation to live-action in Chapter 13 of The Mandalorian, with Rosario Dawson stepping into the live-action role originally voiced by Ashley Eckstein, and in 2023, she’s going to graduate to her own series written by character creator Dave Filoni. Filoni is also directing a number of episodes of the season, along with Peter Ramsey, better known for co-directing Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse. Neither plot details nor an official launch date have been announced for the show, but it’s expected to center around Ashoka’s search for Grand Admiral Thrawn, and we also know that Ezra Bridger will appear, as played by Eman Esdandi. The show is expected to debut later this year.
Set during the post-reconstruction era following the events of Return of the Jedi in the same timeline as The Mandalorian and Ahsoka, the new series has been created by Spider-Man: Homecoming director Jon Watts and screenwriter and producer Christopher Ford. At Star Wars Celebration in 2022, Watts described the show as “the story of a group of kids, about 10 years old, from a tiny little planet who accidentally get lost in the Star Wars galaxy. It's a story of their journey, and finding a way home." Dave Filoni, Jon Favreau, and Kathleen Kennedy are also attached to the project as producers, with Jude Law the only announced cast member to date. The show wrapped production in January 2023, and is expected to debut on Disney+ later in the year.
A Droid Story
The Star Wars franchise is also branching out into animation features beginning with A Droid Story, which will be developed by Lucasfilm Animation and Industrial Light & Magic and will premiere on Disney+. According to the official Star Wars Twitter account, the tale revolves around a new hero who sets out on a quest guided by legacy characters R2-D2 and C-3PO. No release date has been set.
Andor Season 2
The first season of Tony Gilroy’s critically acclaimed series focused on one year in the life of Cassian Andor (Diego Luna), as he went from a cynical loner to a member of the Rebellion, thanks to the dual influences of Luthen (Stellan Skarsgård) and his adoptive mother, Maarva (Fiona Shaw); the second and final season will focus on a number of years as events ramp up to what audiences have already seen in 2016’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The second season is still shooting at time of writing, with speculation that it will debut on Disney+ at some point in 2024.
Leslye Headland, co-creator of Netflix’s Russian Doll, is developing her own project which takes place 100 years before The Phantom Menace, and is described as a mystery thriller set during a booming and tranquil time of the galaxy. Headland has talked about wanting to examine the political, personal, and spiritual things that came up during the time period, as well as being curious just how a Sith lord could infiltrate the Senate without any Jedi detecting him. Running eight episodes, the show will star Amanda Stenberg, Lee Jung-jae, Manny Jacinto, and Dafne Keen, and is currently in production. No debut date has been announced for the show, but a 2024 release seems likely.
Lando Calrissian is undoubtedly one of the most charismatic scoundrels in the entire Star Wars universe, so it would make sense to create a show centered on the beloved former owner of the Millennium Falcon. Justin Simien, the brilliant mind behind Dear White People, is developing the event series. It’s been a long time coming, and in 2022, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy gave a frustrating update on its progress: “You need to ask Donald [Glover, who plays Lando]. He's the one that holds all the cards here. But there's no movement. I will say that honestly. But it's not for lack of trying. It's just that he's a very busy guy. ... He's got another series, and I think one other thing, and then he'll come our way. So patiently waiting.”
If all of the above has made you want to revisit a galaxy far, far away, good news: we have a watch order to help you revisit all of Star Wars in both release order and chronologically.