As part of the continued fallout from the global COVID-19 pandemic, Disney has again altered the release schedule for upcoming films, and this time it includes Star Wars.
All of the previously announced Star Wars theatrical releases have been pushed back a year.
That means that the next Star Wars films will premiere on December 22, 2023, on December 19, 2025, and on December 17, 2027. All of these releases are currently untitled films and are pushed back a year later than originally planned.
In the grand scheme of things, while this is a bummer, it’s not a big deal nor is it a surprise. Work would probably have to begin soon for a project releasing in 2022, and with the current state of things it’s pretty obvious that things aren’t going to be progressing as originally scheduled. So while some Youtubers will surely try to spin this as Lucasfilm falling apart, note that Disney is reshuffling the release dates for a number of their films, not just Star Wars. This isn’t about some sort of incompetence in Lucasfilm; it’s about a global pandemic disrupting the schedule. As simple as that.
We still don’t know what these films will be about, but I can’t wait to see what the Star Wars universe and storytelling looks like when we begin this new era of films. Until then, I’m thankful that we’ll have plenty of new shows (and other material) coming to continue giving us content!