Star Wars Release Calendar




I spent my childhood dressing up like Darth Vader and recording lightsaber fights with my friend on his dad's shitty camcorder. Imagine the twinkle in my eyes when Disney announced there will be a Star Wars movie every year until my corporeal form leaves this realm and all that remains of me is dust and hearsay. 


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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

December 16, 2016
Director: Gareth Edwards
Starring: Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Riz Ahmed, Ben Mendelsohn, Jiang Wen, Donnie Yen, Forest Whitaker, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Jonathan Aris

Before Episode 8 drowns me in a wave of canon novels, action figures, and Funko Pops, we get the first of what I can only assume is an infinite amount of Anthology films. Rogue One takes place just before A New Hope and follows a group of Rebel spies on a mission to steal the plans for the Death Star before the Empire utilizes it's destructive power. There will be no Jedi, no Skywalkers, and (hopefully) no protagonist being linked to everything through fate and Midi-chlorians. It's a great cast of new characters and, more importantly, there's a solid chance we'll get to see Vader shithouse a whole bunch of them.

Rogue One is directed by Gareth Edwards of Godzilla 2014 fame. Say what you want about the movie, whether your love it or hate it or just think it was ok, when Godzilla was on screen he looked like the King of the Monsters. Edwards' ability to film a massive sense of scale being utilized in an AT-AT assault is enough to get me at half mast. In a universe where everyone is related to someone from the original trilogy, a standalone film is a breath of fresh air. Now if we could just get rid of that pesky "A Star Wars Story" in the title and replace it with literally anything else. And stop talking about reshoots for the love of God.

Also the "many Bothans" line was from Jedi, not A New Hope. Get it right, dick.




Episode VIII

December 15, 2017
Director: Rian Johnson
Starring: Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong'o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Andy Serkis, Benicio del Toro, Laura Dern, Kelly Marie Tran

Episode 8 picks up immediately after 7, marking the first time a Star Wars sequel has ever began exactly where the previous one ended. Not much has been said about the plot, but I don't think it's a stretch to assume it's a lot of Rey's training and Kylo-Ren throwing tantrums. Will we find out Rey's heritage? Will we learn more details about what sent Luke into hiding? Will we find out what the fuck the Knights of Ren are? Will there be an even bigger-er Death Star? Will Captain Phasma do anything? Will I cry?





Untitled Han Solo...Solo Film

May 25, 2018
Directors: Phil Lord and Christopher Miller
Starring: Alden Ehrenreich

You all knew this was coming. The second they announced anthology movies you knew every character you ever loved would be getting their own movie. You can complain all you want about ruining your favorite characters, they're going to make a young Han Solo movie and it's going to make 500 million dollars. And you'll buy every toy. You filthy Jedi slut.

If it had to be made (it did) then you could do worse than this lineup. Alden was the best part of Hail, Caesar, a movie I forgot I saw until I went on his IMDb, and Lord and Miller have yet to make a movie I didn't love. As long as it isn't Star Trek Into Darkness levels of beating you over the head with fanservice, this has the potential to be pretty great.

Oh, and in case you were worried about them fucking up your favorite character, there's already a chance there will be a trilogy.





This shit being canon is funnier than any image in the known universe

Episode IX

May 24, 2019
Director: Colin Trevorrow
Starring: Dexter Jettster

The final Avengers movie. The final Justice League movie. The final Star Wars Sequel trilogy movie. I'm not sure I'm going to make it past 2019, and honestly I don't think I really need to. 






Untitled Anthology Film

2020
TBA

This still isn't official, but it's probably a Boba Fett standalone. It was supposed to be for the longest time, but then previously attached director Josh Trank went ahead and made Fantastic Four, so that was the end of him. Boba Fett is the most overrated character in this entire series, so let's just nix this idea and make an Obi-Wan movie. I want it. You want it. Ewan McGregor wants it. Just do it. Nobody needs to know the backstory of a guy who flew into a wall and then got knocked into a giant sand vagina by a blind guy.



Related

Marvel Cinematic Universe Calendar
DC Extended Universe Calendar
Star Wars Canon Timeline (Wookiepedia) 
Collider Jedi Council (Video/Podcast)



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