Star Wars Celebration Orlando had some very big announcements, including a new trailer for The Last Jedi, this year’s installment in the Star Wars saga. It was peculiar, though, that no other upcoming films were represented at the show, namely the Han Solo movie, which is currently filming. Perhaps it was the production schedule or Lucasfilm’s wish to keep things close to the chest and only unveil one film at a time.
Even more strange was the lack of any new movie announcements. We know for sure that Lucasfilm plans to roll out a movie a year through 2020, yet we only know of the movies scheduled through 2019. In fact, Episode IX was JUST confirmed for a May 2019 release, which means that the 2020 slot is still wide open. Many think that spot might be reserved for a Boba Fett movie or the rumored Obi-Wan standalone, but that remains to be seen.
Kennedy gave an update on the status of future films to Spanish outlet eCartelera (via Heroic Hollywood), saying that Lucasfilm would begin planning for Star Wars movies past 2020 after doing a reading of the script for Episode IX, which will be directed by Colin Trevorrow (Jurassic World).
Said Kennedy, “To be honest, we are beginning to talk about [the spin-offs] right now. We have four or five weeks immersed in the film Han Solo and we are about to read the script of Colin Trevorrow’s Episode IX, so we have a lot of work at the moment. In the next six or eight months we will have some meetings about the stories that we will develop here.”
It sounds like pre-production is well underway on the final chapter of the Sequel Trilogy, which means that Lucasfilm will have to decide on the next Star Wars film sooner rather than later, whether they’re character-centric or a brand new story. For now, we still have a few more films to look forward to. Perhaps we should expect more announcements late in the year or in early 2018?