Lucasfilm has officially announced release dates for 3 upcoming Star Wars movies, including one that will focus on Rey’s role as the founder of the New Jedi Order, and a film centered on Grand Admiral Thrawn in The Mandalorian timeline. There will also be a movie exploring the ancient origins of the Jedi Order, and a Lando Calrissian film that has evolved from a possible Disney+ show to a theatrical release, along with a palette of TV series for streaming.
The Skywalker saga has come to an end, but there are still a lot more Star Wars movies on the way. Lucasfilm officially began announcing upcoming movies at Star Wars Celebration April 2023, signaling that Star Wars is returning to the big screens soon. Development was postponed due to the writers’ and actors’ strikes, but Lucasfilm has recently confirmed that these projects are still in the works.
Lucasfilm has currently announced three release dates:
Specific movies haven’t been set for each date, but last week Disney said The Mandalorian & Grogu will be the first of the new series of Star Wars movies.
• May 22, 2026
• December 18, 2026
• December 17, 2027
Lucasfilm’s Dave Filoni was recently promoted to Chief Creative Officer at Lucasfilm. A George Lucas protégé, Filoni has worked closely with Jon Favreau on The Mandalorian and Ahsoka series. These shows will reportedly build up to a movie, set during The Mandalorian era, one featuring Grand Admiral Thrawn (Lars Mikkelsen) as the main villain – although Filoni has promised it’s not just a traditional New Republic versus Empire story. Jon Favreau said the film will take place right after the end of Mandalorian S3.
Dave Filoni’s Mando-Verse Movie
Filoni is directing a movie set after the events of Return of the Jedi. The film is said to tie together shows like The Mandalorian, The Book of Boba Fett and Ahsoka.
Dawn Of The Jedi Movie – James Mangold (Logan, Ford v Ferrari)
This one is set over 25,000 years before the Skywalker Saga. Written and directed by James Mangold, events happen in what has been called the “Dawn of the Jedi” era – although it does not necessarily feature any Jedi. According to Mangold, this will be “a kind of origin story of how the Force came to be known.” He called it a “biblical epic.”
Lando – Donald & Stephen Glover
With Donald Glover reprising his role of Lando Calrissian and the brothers overseeing the writing and film’s development, consistency with the character’s fan-favorite portrayal in Solo: A Star Wars Story is what to expect. No release date for Lando has been set.
Shawn Levy Star Wars
Writer/director Shawn Levy (Deadpool) confirmed he was tapped by Lucasfilm to helm an untitled Star Wars movie. After word was first broken by the trades, Levy shared on social media that the film is a dream project. In October he said that Kathleen Kennedy (Pres. of Lucasfilm) gave him creative freedom for his film.
New Jedi – Daisy Ridley + Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
Daisy Ridley is ready to return to the Star Wars franchise with a new film in which Rey Skywalker (that’s her new name) is developing a New Jedi Order, with Ridley recently teasing how the upcoming movie:”Is a really cool way of taking the story on in a bit of a different direction.”
Taika Waititi Star Wars Film
Announced in 2020, Watiti recently said:
“My thing is I want to take my time with that [movie] and get it right. I don’t want to rush this movie.”
TV SERIES for 2024
Star Wars Skeleton Crew TV Series (2024)
Star Wars Skeleton Crew is being made by Spider-Man: No Way Home director Jon Watts. The show takes place during the post–Return of the Jedi era that follows the fall of the Empire. Similar to The Mandalorian. Stars Jude Law.
Star Wars: The Acolyte TV Series (2024)
The series is set during the High Republic era, 200 years before the events of the prequels and sequels. “A former Padawan reunites with her Jedi Master to investigate a series of crimes, but the forces they confront are more sinister than they ever anticipated.” The cast includes Charlie Barnett as a young Jedi, Dean-Charles Chapman, and Carrie-Anne Moss as a Jedi.
Star Wars: The Bad Batch Season 3 (2024)
The animated oddball team series returns for its 3rd and final season.
Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi (2024)
Not much is known yet about the second season of the popular series. It is rumored to be completed, and follow 2 different Jedi than Season 1. Stay tuned!
David Raiklen wrote, directed and scored his first film at age 9. He began studying keyboard and composing at age 5. He attended, then taught at UCLA, USC and CalArts. Among his teachers are John Williams and Mel Powel.
He has worked for Fox, Disney and Sprint. David has received numerous awards for his work, including the 2004 American Music Center Award. Dr. Raiklen has composed music and sound design for theater (Death and the Maiden), dance (Russian Ballet), television (Sing Me a Story), cell phone (Spacey Movie), museums (Museum of Tolerance), concert (Violin Sonata ), and film (Appalachian Trail).
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