It looks like Star Wars fans will have to wait longer than expected for the next movie in the franchise to hit theaters.
A report from Variety has announced the release dates and windows for the next three Star Wars movies, and it turns out we’re not returning to a galaxy far, far away on the big screen in 2025 as promised.
According to the report, the expected releases for the franchise’s next three movies are currently as follows:
- Star Wars movie 1 – May 22, 2026 (previously December 19, 2025)
- Star Wars movie 2 – December 2026
- Star Wars movie 3 – December 27, 2027
No official information has been offered to clarify which of the previously announced Star Wars movies these dates may be referring to. One of these could be Taika Waititi’s film (which was still in the writing phase the last time we heard about it). One could be Dave Filoni’s Mandoverse film, or any of the other movies announced at Star Wars Celebration London 2023.
There’s one thing to take away from this update: It’s valid to be excited about new Star Wars movies hitting theaters at some point. It really doesn’t make much sense anymore to hold any studio to a promised release date, especially not for a Star Wars movie.
Variety cited “production delays” across Disney’s entire slate as the reason behind the shift in the Star Wars film release calendar. But maybe — in light of the criticisms of the last few films in the franchise — this isn’t bad news.
The term “delay” makes it sound much worse than it probably is. The choice to slow things down and allow for more time to develop each film from start to finish might actually be the best decision Disney and Lucasfilm could make in this regard.
Perhaps more time will end up being a blessing rather than a curse.
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