During Star Wars Celebration Europe 2023 (SWCE 2023), Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy announced that three new live-action Star Wars movies are on the way, to be helmed by James Mangold, Dave Filoni, and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy respectively.
“As you can see by all the television we’ve been doing, we’re exploring a lot of different storylines. This really spawns from what George Lucas said years ago, that he created ‘Star Wars’ to move forward and backward along a mythological timeline,” Kennedy said.
“Now we’re looking to broaden that timeline, building a rich future, expanding upon the present, going deep into the past to tell our stories, and we’re thrilled to be working with some of the best and most passionate filmmakers on projects that will span the past, the present, and the future.”
No dates have been set for the production or release of any of these movies, yet, but here’s what we know so far:
Mangold just finished directing Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny for Lucasfilm, and now he will be helming one of three new Star Wars movies on the slate.
At SWCE 2023, Kennedy said Mangold’s film will take audiences deep into the past, telling the tale of the first Jedi to wield the Force and harness it as a liberating power in an era of chaos and oppression.
Of his film, Mangold said he “thought about a biblical epic, like a ‘Ten Commandments’ and the dawning of the Force. Where did the Force come from? When did we discover it? When did we know how to use it? And a story just started developing.”
According to Mangold, his film will be set 25,000 years prior to the original Star Wars, before even the High Republic era.
Expanding upon the Star Wars storytelling in recent series, Dave Filoni will orchestrate the escalating war between the Imperial Remnant and the fledgling New Republic, following the events of Return of the Jedi.
Brought onstage by Kennedy, Filoni exclaimed, “I get to make a movie! We’re drawing on a lot of things, and bringing them all together.”
Alongside producer Favreau, Filoni will bring together many of the threads of the Star Wars original series on Disney+, including The Mandalorian, The Book of Boba Fett, and the upcoming Ahsoka, in what will surely be a cinematic event for fans.
Director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy (Ms. Marvel) will tell the story of rebuilding the New Jedi Order, and the powers that rise to tear it down.
Set 15 years after the last events of the Skywalker Saga in The Rise of Skywalker, the story will follow Rey as she builds this new Jedi Order.
Kennedy excited the audience at SWCE 2023 by bringing on actress Daisy Ridley to announce that she will be reprising her role of Rey for this new film.
Three new Star Wars films to look forward to, each telling a story from a different point in the Star Wars universe. Which one(s) are you looking forward to? Let us know in the comments.