Disney has announced the company’s slate of films as planned for the next eight years, revealing a three year gap between Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and the following Star Wars film.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will be released this December, with Lucasfilm promoting the film as the final entry in the “Skywalker saga”. Fans heard this before in 2005, so may not put too much in stock in this being the final film forever.
That does mean that for the immediate future, the films will follow other strands than the episodic story. The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson is developing a trilogy of films and Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are developing a series of films.
Disney has announced Star Wars films for December 2022, 2024 and 2026. It is the largest gap between films since the Disney acquired Lucasfilm released The Force Awakens in 2015, which began a cycle of the company releasing a film per year. The years in between Star Wars releases will see the slot go to one of James Cameron’s many Avatar sequels.
Given that The Mandalorian will launch on Disney+ this year in the USA and a Cassian Andor series is in development, there will likely be plenty of small screen Star Wars content in the meantime for fans to enjoy and LEGO designers to be inspired by.