Star Wars is as much a success now as it was then. Due to the incredible reception of The Force Awakens, Disney greenlit a total of ten films for the franchise.
Before you pee in your pants from all the excitement, there are already five movies set for release within the next five years: Episodes VIII and IX, which are still to be given titles, and a few spin-offs. The other five films are set for after 2020.
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Still, that means a whole other decade of Star Wars fans waiting in line for midnight premieres. It may have been decades since George Lucas shared his vision of the galaxy far, far, away, and it seems that with the future here, fans are all the more keen on looking at what’s next.
A source told the Mirror that the success of The Force Awakens has given executives at Disney a lot to think about. Because Star Wars is among Hollywood’s greatest film franchises, there is a lot to consider, like the sheer volume of character back stories that can now be brought to life.
For instance, the current spin-off films planned will star Han Solo and Boba Fett, but there is still a slew of characters to make stories of, among those discussed are Jedi Master and Obi-wan Kenobi, who were portrayed by Sir Alec Guinness and Ewan McGregor in past films. The spin-offs may also focus on the less popular prequel characters like Samuel L. Jackson‘s Mace Windu.
McGregor is rumored to be in talks with Disney since last year regarding a possible trilogy about the legendary Jedi Master.
Director AJ Edwards even admitted that he was in talks regarding a film about the Master of the Order. However, when asked by a fan on Reddit, he just said, “Talking about it, not able to say a lot yet,” but added, “It will focus on Mace Windu.”
JJ Abrams, who directed the latest hit, won’t be returning for the next film, but he admitted that there are some “exciting” times in store for the fans. Speaking with The Sun, he shared, “There are some really cool things being discussed. It is very exciting to see how it is being put together.”
Episodes VIII and IX are expected to hit the big screens in 2017 and 2019, while the Han Solo and Boba Fett spinoffs will make their way to theaters in 2018 and 2020.
Meanwhile, The Rogue One will star Forest Whitaker and Felicity Jones as well as Mads Mikkelsen and will open in December 2016.