The next wave of Star Wars movies is in full force. With The Force Awakens making its North American debut tonight around 7 pm (for most early viewers), the modern Star Wars cinematic universe truly begins.
This universe will try to span many genres, most of which are sure to be thrilling adventures in this wonderful universe.
For those readers that have not spent every moment of their life for the past 2 years studying the new developments in Lucas Film, the new universe will include a trilogy that begins The Force Awakens and then movies that premiere in between the movies of this new trilogy.
The movies that fall in between will be in the same universe as The Force Awakens but won’t be directly connected as sequels. The first “Anthology” movie, as Disney/Lucas Film is calling it, is Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and will take place in between episodes 3 and 4. The plot deals with the Rebel Alliance stealing the plans to the legendary Death Star. The movie comes out on December 16, 2016. Godzilla director Gareth Edwards has been called upon to helm the beginning of the Star Wars anthology series.
On May 26, 2017 we will get Star Wars 8, which is the direct sequel to The Force Awakens. The movie has yet to be given a subtitle, but we’re sure we will be getting one sometime in the next few months after all the secrets of The Force Awakens are out, and the movie buzz has settled some. This movie has an unknown plot other than it deals with Rey, Finn, and the others (maybe, we don’t know who lives or dies…yet!) but we do know that Rian Johnson (Looper) has been chosen to follow up JJ Abrams as the heir to the Star Wars director’s chair.
May 25, 2018 is the premiere date of what we know to be the Young Han Solo movie. The only real things we know about this movie, other than it’s a Han Solo movie, is that legendary Star Wars writer Lawrence Kasdan and will be directed by Lego Movie directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, which makes for a dangerously awesome combo.
In 2019 we will see the premiere of the final movie in the newest Star Wars trilogy. Star Wars 9 will be directed by Colin Trevorrow (Jurassic World).
Into 2020 a Boba Fett movie is rumored to be coming out. Originally, the Han Solo movie was going to come out around 2020 and the Boba Fett movie was rumored to be coming out in the 2018 slot. Some complications with replacing Josh Trank as director caused Lucas Film to reassess the move and switch things up a bit.
Regardless, the future of the Star Wars Universe is exceedingly bright for all of us Star Wars fans. Let us know what you think on Twitter or Email us CinemaShelf@gmail.com