Next year, the new Star Wars trilogy which started with Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens will be complete when Episode IX hits theaters on December 20, 2019. This also means that the core saga — the story of the Skywalkers and the Solos — will also likely be totally done, too. And yet, there are plenty of Star Wars movies happening after Episode IX. Last week, a popular Star Wars voice actor, Tom Kane, indicated there are as many as nine new Star Wars movies “in various stages of development.” At first, this might sound crazy, but, when you sort through all the official announcements and probable rumors, here’s how those nine new Star Wars movies probably break down.
Tom Kane seems to be somewhat in the know but very hesitant to share.. claims there are at least 9 Star Wars films in various stages of development, some individual character stories yet to be announced, but definitely not Yoda. #StarWars #AllStarComicCon
— Aaron Goins (@avgoins) June 16, 2018
Movies 1,2,3: The Rian Johnson Trilogy
Before he was famous for directing Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi, Rian Johnson was the guy who directed the best episodes of Breaking Bad, the moody time-travel movie Looper, and the hilarious caper The Brothers Bloom. But, don’t expect Johnson to be making anything but Star Wars movies for at least a decade. In November of 2017, before The Last Jedi was even released in theaters, Lucasfilm announced Johnson would direct and write his own new Star Wars trilogy. Right now, no one knows what this trilogy will be about, but it will almost certainly not be about the Skywalker family. The producer of this trilogy, Ram Bergman has said “It’s all new characters. Everything is new.” When pressed for a release date, Bergman said that the movies could star to come out in “maybe two years.” Some fans think that these movies will take place in a totally different part of the Star Wars galaxy than the films that we’ve seen so far, or perhaps, a different galaxy far far away altogether.
Movies 4, 5, 6: The Benioff and Weiss Possible Trilogy
Okay, so nobody knows if this will be three movies exactly, but in February 2018, the famous Game of Thrones showrunners, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss were officially tapped by Lucasfilm to “write and produce a new series of Star Wars films.” Lucasfilm didn’t say these new movies were a trilogy exactly, which means it could between two movies and a billion, but a trilogy seems likely. And, just in case anyone was confused, this statement was part of that official announcement: “These new films will be separate from both the episodic Skywalker saga and the recently-announced trilogy being developed by Rian Johnson, writer-director of Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” Because Benioff and Weiss are known for the swords and dragons in Game of Thrones, a lot of fans are hoping their Star Wars movies would go very deep into the past of Star Wars and explore the Jedi Knights from The Knights of the Old Republic video games and comic books. Basically, everyone is hoping for Star Wars with actual swords mixed with the Force.
Movie 7. The Obi-Wan Movie?
Since 2017, Hollywood insiders have been insisting a standalone Obi-Wan Kenobi movie featuring Ewan McGregor as the venerable Jedi Knight is definitely happening. And yet, absolutely nothing has been confirmed by Lucasfilm or Ewan McGregor himself. Still, because hardcore fans seem so excited about the prospect of a movie that finds old Ben Kenobi hanging around in the desert by himself for two hours, it will probably happen in some way, shape or form. Not to mention, because the rumors come from big movie studio trade publications, real journalists were working on those stories. So, there must be something to all the chatter.
Movie 8. The Boba Fett Movie
Right before Solo: A Star Wars Story hit theaters last month, The Hollywood Reporter (the same publication who broke the Obi-Wan story) claimed that a standalone Boba Fett movie was in development with James Mangold, the guy who directed the solo-Wolverine movie, Logan. Obviously, because Logan was rad, the prospect of this seems extremely enticing. Also, though no one is talking about this fact, the last person to play Boba Fett’s voice in Star Wars canon was Jon Hamm. In the 2017 audiobook A Certain Point of View, Hamm voiced the infamous Star Wars bounty hunter. Does this make Hamm the incumbent Boba Fett? Could he play the voice of Boba Fett in this movie?
Movie 9. A Princess Leia Movie
Okay, this one has not been confirmed or even rumored to be in development, meaning, of the movies on this list, it’s the only one that is purely speculative. And yet, because the character is more popular than ever, and we know Leia was doing all sorts of heroic things before the very first Star Wars movie, it’s not crazy to think Lucasfilm would do this. Obviously, this would mean recasting Leia, and not using CGI as in Rogue One, but it’s hard to imagine a world where this movie wouldn’t destroy the box office.
To be clear, voice actor Tom Kane could be wrong. There might not end up being nine new Star Wars movies in the next ten years. Who knows, maybe there will be twenty.
The next Star Wars movie, Episode IX, is out everywhere on December 20, 2019. Solo: A Star Wars Story is still in theaters.