Disney plans more Star Wars sequels after Episode IX

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From Digital Spy

Star Wars has many stories to tell beyond the conclusion of its current trilogy.

The franchise has already splintered off a series of standalone Star Wars Story spinoffs, and there are two more Skywalker saga sequels coming too - The Last Jedi this Christmas and Episode IX in 2019.

The future beyond that point has been murky, but rest assured that there is a future for Star Wars beyond 2019. In fact, Disney CEO Bob Iger has teased that 15 more years of Star Wars movies are in the works.

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"We're starting to talk about what could happen after Episode IX," he told students at USC during a Q&A on Thursday (March 23).

He went on to tease: "We've got a creative team actually thinking about what could be another decade and a half of Star Wars stories. It's kind of mind-blowing spending an afternoon with a creative team thinking about that."

What lies beyond the Skywalker saga remains to be seen, but Rogue One writer Gary Whitta has already hinted that Lucasfilm would like to move beyond classic characters in the years to come.

The good news for classic Star Wars fans is that the Skywalkers will still feature heavily in this year's The Last Jedi, despite the fact that General Leia actress Carrie Fisher tragically died last December.

"I've seen [The Last Jedi]. It's quite good," Iger revealed today. "It picks up where VII left off. We're really excited about it. I can't disclose much about it because that's not what we do right now - until we're ready!"

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Somehow, even a cameo from Yoda in The Last Jedi suddenly seems possible thanks to a recent tease from the Jedi master's voice actor Frank Oz.

When asked if he'd worked on the upcoming sequel recently, Oz would only say: "I feel like I'm a prisoner at war here, and I can only give you my name, rank and serial number.

"To be true to the people who asked me, and they are kind of my family, I have to say I've been asked not to talk about it."

Of course, Star Wars will explore Han Solo's origins in an upcoming standalone anthology movie starring Alden Ehrenreich as a younger version of the notorious smuggler.

Iger dropped a hint about that project during his USC talk too, revealing that directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller would reveal Han Solo's real name. And here we assumed Han Solo was his real name!

Before we get to Han's early years, Star Wars: The Last Jedi will arrive in cinemas on December 15. Watch a teaser below:

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