By Travis Martin
With newly released “Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens” on Friday, Disney is now set on expanding the Star Wars Universe with sequels and spinoff movies. The list includes 4 confirmed films so far and 1 rumored one.
First up will be “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,“ which will be coming next year, December 16, 2016. It is Directed by Gareth Edwards, and it takes place in between “Episode III” and “Episode IV,” where the Rebel Alliance come up with a plan to steal the schematics of the Death Star that set up the events for “A New Hope.“ The movie will star Felicity Jones, Ben Mendelsohn, Diego Luna, Riz Ahmed, Forest Whitaker, and Mads Mikkelsen.
Next, will be “Star Wars Episode VIII,” which will be directed by Rian Johnson. This film will see the return of characters Rey (Daisy Ridley), Finn (John Boyega), Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac), and Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) as they continue their fight against the First Order’s Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), General Hux (Domhnall Gleeson), Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie), and Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis). Benicio Del Toro has recently been cast as a supposed villain, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw is supposedly playing a love interest for Finn. It will release May 26, 2017.
After “Episode VII,” another spinoff will be released centering on the fan-favorite Han Solo. The currently untitled film will be a prequel and explain the origins of the smuggler and his first encounter with Chewbacca. This will be directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, with casting currently underway to find the new Han Solo. The Anthology film will release May 25, 2018.
Finally, audiences will see the end of the new trilogy with “Star Wars Episode IX.” This will be directed by Colin Trevorrow, with a screenplay from “Episode VIII” director Rian Johnson. No other information is known, other than that the film will release sometime in 2019.
The final rumored spinoff film that will release in 2020 centers on another fan-favorite, the bounty hunter Boba Fett. It was rumored that Josh Trank was meant to direct this film before he dropped out. However, this only a speculation, and is currently still in pre-production.
This is the full lineup of Star Wars films that Disney plans on doing for the next 5 years. Currently, their first own Star Wars film, “The Force Awakens,” in theaters right now.