New Star Wars release dates unveiled by Disney!
Walt Disney Pictures has revealed the release dates for the next three Star Wars movies, confirming the several year gap between LucasFilm’s hotly anticipated Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker this December and the next entries in the franchise, which may be the trilogy being developed by Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss (rumored to be based on Knights of the Old Republic), or possibly a combination of the first film in their trilogy, the first film in Rian Johnson’s new trilogy and a mystery film. The three new Star Wars release dates are December 16, 2022, December 20, 2024 and December 18, 2026.
Returning cast members for Rise of Skywalker include Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo and Billie Lourd. Joining the cast are Naomi Ackie (Doctor Who), Richard E. Grant (Logan), Dominic Monaghan (Lord of the Rings), Matt Smith (Doctor Who) and Keri Russell (The Americans), who will also be joined by veteran Star Wars actors Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels and Billy Dee Williams, who will reprise his role as Lando Calrissian.
The role of Leia Organa will once again be played by Carrie Fisher, using previously unreleased footage shot for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker has J.J. Abrams (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Trek) returning to direct the ninth and final installment of the Skywalker saga. Abrams co-wrote the screenplay with Chris Terrio (Argo, Justice League). Composer John Williams, who has scored every chapter in the Star Wars saga since 1977’s A New Hope, will return to a galaxy far, far away with Rise of Skywalker.
The film is produced by Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams and Michelle Rejwan, and executive produced by Callum Greene and Jason McGatlin.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is scheduled for release on December 20.