Next Star Wars film pushed back to 2023

The impact of the coronavirus pandemic has caused Disney to amend the company’s cinema release slate, pushing the next Star Wars film back to 2023.

Lucasfilm’s scheduled Star Wars film for 2022 has been pushed back to 2023, meaning that after releasing five Star Wars films in five years, there will be a four year gap before the franchise returns to the big screen. CNN reports that all Disney films have been pushed by a year, except for Mulan, for which the new release date has not been announced.

In May, a new Star Wars film was announced, which may or may not be the 2023 feature. Taika Waititi, director of Thor: Ragnarok and Jojo Rabbit, will direct and co-write the feature film with Krysty Wilson-Cairns, screenwriter of 1917. Waititi also directed the season finale of Star Wars: The Mandalorian and voiced IG-11.

Rian Johnson and Kevin Feige are also attached to Star Wars film projects.

Despite the delay, the many small screen projects should provide inspiration for new LEGO Star Wars sets. A new Star Wars animated series was recently announced, titled The Bad Batch. Other new shows also announced include one that will follow Cassian Andor and another that will follow Obi-Wan Kenobi. The Mandalorian Season 2 is coming later this year.

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