Star Wars fans will be thrilled to hear of Disney’s brand new unveiling.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is set to release on December 20, 2019, concluding the latest trilogy in epic fashion. When the final film of the prequels arrived in 2005 – Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith – fans knew that would be it for quite a long time. Ten years indeed passed, but the franchise experienced a glorious resurrection with The Force Awakens in 2015. Much to fans’ joy, J.J. Abrams kept faithful to the original trilogy with his instalment of the sci-fi saga, delivering the familiar but also the thrills which such a blockbuster can offer. 

Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi followed up Abrams’ success but proved rather divisive, which led to the latter’s rehiring for the third and final instalment of the trilogy. The trailer arrived recently and, safe to say, fans are incredibly excited. Seeing Rey, Finn and so many more back on screens again was a welcome reunion, but it’s the surprises which had us gripped; is Palpatine finally back? But how? There are so many questions, but Disney’s forthcoming schedule perhaps poses a bigger one. 

As reported by Empire, Disney has announced three new Star Wars movie release dates after The Rise of Skywalker, the first coming in at December 2022 and the others in 2024 and 2026. The identity of these projects hasn’t been confirmed yet, but there are numerous that have been teased. What seems strange though, is that we’ll have to wait a few years for another entry, because since Disney’s acquisition they’ve been putting out fairly regular output.

It’s all speculation but does this signal that they may be working on something a little more cohesive. Sure, it would be easy to get a spin-off like 2016’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story out there relatively quickly, but maybe that just won’t cut it; perhaps their ambitions are far greater than supplementary fan-service instalments.

Although we’re currently anticipating the conclusion of a new trilogy, it wouldn’t be a total leap to hear that Disney will release the first instalment of a new trilogy in one of these asserted years.

After three years – the minimum – they could have cooked something up which actually warrants a bold and distinctive trilogy. If The Rise of Skywalker is the great success it’s expected to be, this will become even more likely, and very quickly. Honestly, if a new Star Wars trilogy launched in 2026, seven years after the last concluded, it would surely be welcomed by fans with open arms. 

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