A long time ago, in our very own galaxy, there was just the Star Wars movie franchise — no television shows, animated series, or tie-in projects.
George Lucas’ sci-fi saga has expanded in some big ways in recent years, with various spinoff films, TV shows (both animated and live-action), and new episodes of the core series already released or currently in the works. Given how many projects have been announced — particularly since Disney acquired Lucasfilm in 2012 — keeping track of what’s on the horizon in the Star Wars universe can be a daunting task.
To that end, we’ve compiled a list of all the Star Wars movies and television series you can look forward to in the near future, beginning with the most recent news and announcements. Scroll to the bottom to see recently released content.
After Academy Award winner Taika Waititi directed the final episode of season 1 of The Mandalorian, the Oscar-winning Jojo Rabbit filmmaker became the subject of some early reports suggesting he was in talks to direct a Star Wars movie. Those reports were confirmed on Star Wars Day (May 4), with Disney and Lucasfilm indicating that Waititi would not only direct an upcoming film, but would also co-write the movie with Krysty Wilson-Cairns, the Oscar-nominated co-writer on war drama 1917. No further details about the film or its release date have been given.
Reports of a new series with a female-led cast first began circulating in April, with Russian Doll co-creator Leslye Headland attached to write and serve as showrunner on the project. Disney and Lucasfilm confirmed the project on Star Wars Day, May 4, and indicated that the series will premiere on the Disney+ streaming service. Additional details are scarce — and somewhat unofficial at this point — but the show is reportedly set in a part of the sci-fi saga’s timeline that hasn’t been explored yet.
The Mandalorian (season 2)
A live-action Star Wars television series was one of the franchise’s long-rumored projects, dating back more than a decade, and it was finally realized when Disney recruited Iron Man and The Jungle Book director Jon Favreau to write and produce The Mandalorian for Disney+, Disney’s exclusive streaming platform.
The Mandalorian is set seven years after the Battle of Endor in Star Wars: Episode VI — Return of the Jedi, and follows “the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic.” Pedro Pascal ( Narcos) plays the title role in the series, which quickly became a viral hit thanks to the introduction of an adorable character commonly known as Baby Yoda (but officially known as “The Child”). The first episode premiered November 12, 2019, and the second season of The Mandalorian is scheduled to premiere in October. A third season of The Mandalorian is already in the works.
Obi-Wan Kenobi series (TBD)
Plans for an Obi-Wan Kenobi spinoff have been rumored since Disney bought Lucasfilm in 2012, but now it’s official: Old Ben will finally get the spotlight in a Disney+ miniseries.
Ewan McGregor will return to show what happened to Obi-Wan during his time as a hermit on Tatooine with a “familiar mechanical co-star” at his side. Deborah Chow, who directed episodes of Jessica Jones and Better Call Saul in addition to some of the most popular episodes of The Mandalorian, will direct the limited series from a script penned by King Arthur: Legend of the Sword screenwriter Joby Harold. Production on the series is expected to begin in 2021.
Little is known about the Star Wars movie announced in February that will pair Sleight director J.D. Dillard with Luke Cage and The Defenders writer Matt Owens. It’s unknown whether the project is intended for the big screen or for streaming service Disney+, but reports suggest the story will involve the planet Exegol — the hidden planet used by the Sith that was introduced in Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker.
Another live-action Star Wars series announced for the direct-to-consumer Disney+ streaming service, this show doesn’t have an official title yet, but it does have Rogue One: A Star Wars Story actors Diego Luna and Alan Tudyk reprising their roles from the 2016 film.
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Luna will once again play rebel spy Cassian Andor, while Tudyk will voice his droid sidekick, K-2SO. The series will explore the characters’ early adventures during the formative years of the Rebellion. Filming is currently expected to begin in 2020, but might be pushed to 2021.
Kevin Feige’s mysterious movies (TBD)
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, the architect of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, will bring his talents to the Star Wars universe for an upcoming movie — and possibly more. The arrangement was announced in September 2019, and unconfirmed reports indicate that Feige already has a high-profile actor in mind for the “wave” of projects he’ll produce for Lucasfilm.
Rian Johnson’s spinoff trilogy (TBD)
Lucasfilm was so enamored with writer-director Rian Johnson’s Episode VIII — The Last Jedi that the studio tapped him to work on an entirely new trilogy outside the episodic Star Wars franchise. Little is known about the setting — or expected release date — of Johnson’s trilogy at this point, but it’s reported to focus on characters who have little or no connection to the Skywalker bloodline.
Given how polarizing The Last Jedi was, one thing seems certain: A full trilogy steeped in Johnson’s convention-defying take on the Star Wars universe will give audiences plenty to talk about.
Rumored Star Wars stories (TBD)
Third anthology movie
The subject of a third Star Wars spinoff movie has been the focus of countless rumors. Initially, Disney wanted to alternate between the episodic films and spinoff “anthology” movies and release a Star Wars film every year, but after Solo failed to meet Disney’s expectations, those plans were put on hold.
Rumors that began in 2015 have pegged bounty hunter Boba Fett as a candidate for his own movie. Reports resurfaced in May 2018 claiming that Lucasfilm was moving forward with the project and that Logan director James Mangold was reportedly attached. However, plans for that movie were scuttled in October 2018 once cameras were rolling on The Mandalorian series.
Star Wars Detours
Way back in 2012, an animated series — titled Star Wars Detours — was announced at Star Wars Celebration VI, then quickly shelved. The series is a comedic take on the Star Wars universe, created by Robot Chicken‘s Seth Green and Matthew Senreich. According to a Reddit AMA with Green in 2014, the duo produced 39 full episodes and 62 finished scripts, but the Disney acquisition of Lucasfilm gummed things up and the show never saw the light of day. In June, though, Lucasfilm filed a trademark for Detours, indicating that the series might be coming out of the mothballs after all.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (February 2020)
Disney and Lucasfilm surprised just about everyone with the July 2018 announcement that a new season of the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars was in the works. The Emmy-winning series set between the events of Episode II — Attack of the Clones and Episode III — Revenge of the Sith ended its acclaimed run in 2014, and while fans were disappointed to see it go, few expected Disney to revive it a few years later. That’s exactly what the studio did, though, with an all-new, 12-episode season that premiered February 21 on Disney+.
The new season picked up where the sixth broadcast season concluded, and continues to explore the adventures of Anakin Skywalker and his padawan, Ahsoka Tano, as well as Obi-Wan Kenobi, Yoda, and a host of Clone Troopers who fight alongside them.
Star Wars: Episode IX — The Rise of Skywalker (December 20, 2019)
The Rise of Skywalker brought Episode VII — The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams back behind the camera, concluding the new trilogy he kick-started in 2015. This installment saw Carrie Fisher’s last performance in a Star Wars movie, and a fan favorite from the original trilogy came back with Billy Dee Williams reprising his role as Lando Calrissian. The film also revisited one of its greatest villains, with Emperor Sheev Palpatine making his return, once again portrayed by Ian McDiarmid.
Naturally, the cast of colorful characters introduced in The Force Awakens and Episode VIII — The Last Jedi was a major part of the proceedings, too. The action picked up where The Last Jedi left off, with the Rebellion still pursued by the First Order and its new Supreme Leader, Kylo Ren (Adam Driver).
The Game of Thrones creators’ series
In February 2018, Lucasfilm announced that Game of Thrones television series creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss would write and produce yet another series of Star Wars movies set outside the episodic films, with the first installment of the new trilogy coming in 2022, ending Star Wars’ post-Rise of Skywalker big-screen hiatus. Even though a $250 million development deal was signed with Netflix, Benioff and Weiss revealed that this new project wouldn’t go forward in October 2019.
A show centered on The Old Republic could have been a welcome addition to the Star Wars franchise, but the response to Game of Thrones‘ final season probably caused producers to reconsider this project. It might be for the best.