Since The Force Awakens hit theaters in 2015, the Disney-owned Lucasfilm has officially released four new Star Wars movies. And fortunately for fans of the galaxy far, far away, it doesn’t look like the studio plans to stop churning out Star Wars movies anytime soon.
The list of upcoming Star Wars movies continues to grow, with a new trilogy from The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson in the works in addition to the conclusion of the Star Wars sequel trilogy that kicked off with The Force Awakens and yet another series from Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. Disney has announced that three as-yet-untitled Star Wars movies — presumably one of the aforementioned new series — will hit theaters the weekend leading up to Christmas every other year beginning in 2022.
With all this information floating around, it can be hard to keep track of all of the upcoming Star Wars movies and their respective release dates. So if you’ve found yourself asking, “When does the next Star Wars movie come out?,” then wonder no more.
Check out our list of all the upcoming Star Wars movies below.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (Dec. 20, 2019)
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will be the third and final chapter in the Star Wars sequel trilogy. But even with the first teaser trailer dropping during Star Wars Celebration on April 12, fans are still pretty much in the dark about the specifics of the plot.
What we do know is that Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams has returned to the galaxy far, far away to helm Episode IX of Star Wars in the wake of Colin Trevorrow stepping down due to differences in vision for the project with Lucasfilm.
“Lucasfilm and Colin Trevorrow have mutually chosen to part ways on Star Wars: Episode IX. Colin has been a wonderful collaborator throughout the development process but we have all come to the conclusion that our visions for the project differ,” Lucasfilm said in a September 2017 statement.
Actors Daisy Ridley (Rey), John Boyega (Finn), Oscar Isaac (Poe) and Adam Driver (Kylo Ren) will be back to wrap up the stories of this generation’s heroes while original trilogy stars Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian), Ian McDiarmid (Emperor Palpatine) and the late Carrie Fisher (Leia Skywalker) will reportedly appear as well. Newcomers Richard E. Grant and Keri Russell are also joining the cast.
Abrams has announced that Fisher’s role will be pieced together using unreleased footage from The Force Awakens with the blessing of her daughter, Billie Lourd. He has also revealed that Rey, Finn and Poe will be united in adventure for the first time to face “the greatest evil” and that the story “doesn’t pick up right where the last movie left off.”
Chris Terrio—who is known for his work on Argo, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League — co-wrote the screenplay with Abrams.
Rian Johnson Trilogy (TBA)
Lucasfilm has announced that a whole new Star Wars trilogy is slated to follow Episode IX, with Rian Johnson onboard to write and direct at least the first installment. Johnson’s longtime collaborator Ram Bergman is set to produce.
The new Star Wars series will be separate from the episodic Skywalker saga, according to Lucasfilm, and center on yet-to-be-introduced characters from the galaxy far, far away.
“I’m just in the very beginning of starting to come up with what the new trilogy is going to be,” Johnson reportedly said at a press event in Mexico for The Last Jedi in November 2017. “What makes me so excited about it, is the idea of doing a new story on the big canvas of three movies in this world. There’s just so much potential and I can’t wait to jump into it.”
Johnson announced that he would begin work on this new galaxy far, far away trilogy after his next project, Knives Out, which is set to hit theaters on Nov. 27, 2019.
David Benioff and D.B. Weiss Series (TBA)
Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are set to helm a new series of Star Wars movies that will live outside both the episodic Skywalker saga and Rian Johnson’s trilogy. However, work on the project won’t begin until after the eighth and final season of Thrones has come to an end.
“In the summer of 1977 we traveled to a galaxy far, far away, and we’ve been dreaming of it ever since,” the duo said in a joint statement. “We are honored by the opportunity, a little terrified by the responsibility, and so excited to get started as soon as the final season of Game of Thrones is complete.”
Although Johnson has said that his trilogy will not bring The Knights of the Old Republic — a Star Wars video game featuring Jedi from thousands of years before the original trilogy — to the big screen, fans are hopeful that Benioff and Weiss’ movies will dive into the galaxy far, far away’s past.
“I think that that’s absolutely on the horizon,” Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy told Entertainment Weekly in April 2019. “We’re looking at whether we can move massively in one direction of the other. It’s still Star Wars, and holding on to the DNA of what George created is still very important to us…I think this is a huge opportunity to step into the galaxy in a little bit different part of the timeline.”