Disney today announced a ton of release dates for their major studios (minus Marvel), and that includes official dates for the next three Star Wars movies:
December 16, 2022
December 20, 2024
December 18, 2026
Disney will alternate Star Wars and Avatar each year, with the new Avatar films starting in 2021. Star Wars and Avatar will both have December releases, so it truly does look like they’re alternating the two franchises.
Of course, Lucasfilm will also be busy with Indiana Jones 5 coming on July 9, 2021, and then with plenty of TV projects and Disney+ shows. So don’t worry – we’ll still be seeing a ton of Star Wars and Lucasfilm in the years to come. But after The Rise of Skywalker this December, there will be three years before the next Star Wars feature film on the big screen.
That’s probably for the best, too, as it would allow this era of the Skywalker saga to truly digest. It works because there be so much new content to continue to consume in that period, from shows and books and comics and games and all sorts of other mediums.
As for the future releases, we don’t yet know what movies those will be. There have been rumors that the Benioff and Weiss films will be first up, but I would be surprised if they waited another decade until Rian Johnson’s trilogy to start (or vice versa, depending on what is first). That makes me wonder whether these trilogies will alternate – i.e. the first film from Benioff and Weiss in 2022, the first film from Johnson in 2024, and the second film from Benioff and Weiss in 2026, etc. That makes the most sense to me, but we’ll have to see. Part of the reason why I say this is because it seems that both Johnson and Benioff and Weiss will be diving into Star Wars after their current projects. So waiting another decade to start one of the trilogies would be pretty odd. Plus, it sounds like the creatives will be working pretty closely together, so it’s possible that they could tie-in somehow. So I’m guessing that we’ll overlap a bit. But we’ll have to wait and see.
The announcement today doesn’t give us many details about these future Disney projects, only the release dates. So while we don’t know what these untitled Star Wars films will be, we do now know when they will be releasing, which is great. I’m also really happy that they’re keeping the December release dates, because that has worked out tremendously well for them and it has become a fun event around the holidays.