From the humble roots of Obi-Wan Kenobi being Princess Leia’s only hope, it’s hard to believe what Star Wars has become today, encompassing a whole galaxy of live-action and animated outings across movies and television.
As franchise overlord Kathleen Kennedy gains “ultimate power”, the sci-fi franchise has grown far beyond the mainline nine movies of the Skywalker Saga.
So that hasn’t stopped a plethora of projects being fast-tracked into productions quicker than Han Solo can do the Kessel Run.
Read more: What's going on with the Star Wars movies?
Similar to what the Marvel Cinematic Universe is doing, there are multiple releases set for the next few years.
With stories multiplying faster than a clone army, here’s every upcoming Star Wars show and movie that’s on the way.
Ahsoka (23 August 2023)
The idea of Rosario Dawson playing the fan-favourite Togruta started as a joke among fans, but now, she’s poised to be at the centre of the ever-expanding Star Wars universe. After Ahsoka Tano made her franchise debut as the protégé of Anakin Skywalker in the animated Star Wars: The Clone Wars, she later returned for Rebels (set 14 years later).
Read more: Everything you need to know about Ahsoka
Dawson made the leap into live-action for The Mandalorian season 2, and has since had a brief cameo in The Book of Boba Fett. She’s not alone in her titular series, and alongside the much-hyped return of Hayden Christensen as Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader, Lars Mikkelsen reprises his role as Grand Admiral Thrawn from Rebels. Ray Stevenson previously voiced Gar Saxon in Clone Wars and Rebels, but in Ahsoka, he swings a red lightsaber as the mysterious Baylan Skoll — a former Jedi who escaped Order 66.
Watch a teaser for Ahsoka
Aside from Thrawn, there’s more of a Rebels reunion as Natasha Liu Bordizzo joins the series as famed Mandalorian warrior, Sabine Wren. Eman Esfandi debuts a live-action version of Ezra Bridger, while rounding off the crew of the Ghost, Mary Elizabeth Winstead is Hera Syndulla. This means the real-life wife of Ewan McGregor gets to join her husband in the Star Wars family.
As expected, Ahsoka is set in the same timeline as The Mandalorian and picks up the plot threads of Rebels as she chases Thrawn to rescue Bridger. The executive producers are Dave Filoni, Jon Favreau, Kathleen Kennedy, Colin Wilson, and Carrie Beck, with Karen Gilchrist as co-executive producer. Peter Ramsey will direct one episode, with Dave Filoni confirmed to write the series and direct several episodes, including the first.
The eight-episode series will hit Disney+ on Wednesday, 23 August 2023.
Star Wars: Skeleton Crew (TBC 2023)
Although we’re getting some A-list star power as Jude Law steps up to the plate, the kids are alright in Skeleton Crew. Previously going under the codename Grammar Rodeo, Skeleton Crew charts the fall of the Empire through the eyes of four children "who find themselves lost in in the vastness of the galaxy trying to find their way home."
Spider-Man: No Way Home’s Jon Watts is also making his first foray into the galaxy, in a project that’s described a "galactic version of classic Amblin coming-of-age adventure films of the '80s." The leads include Ravi Cabot-Conyers, Kyriana Kratter, and Robert Timothy Smith, while Law has been confirmed as a Jedi.
Read more: Everything we know about Skeleton Crew
Filming wrapped on Skeleton Crew in January 2023. Oscar-winning directing duo Daniels — Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert — have reportedly helmed at least one episode of the upcoming show.
Directing talent includes Thunderbolts’ Jake Schreier alongside Mandalorian alumni Bryce Dallas Howard and Lee Isaac Chung. A first teaser debuted at Star Wars Celebration 2023, and despite a fan-favourite Mandalorian villain making their return, fans are left in the dark… for now.
Andor S2 (August 2024)
Given the fates of the characters in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Diego Luna’s Cassian Andor might not have seemed the most likely character to lead his own spin-off, but the first season of Andor followed the rugged rebel as the Rebel Alliance forms during an era of unease.
Familiar faces including Rogue One’s Genevieve O’Reilly and Forest Whitaker reprised their respective roles as Mon Mothma and Saw Gerrera. The old crowd were joined by Killing Eve’s Fiona Shaw, Morbius’ Adria Arjona Torres, and MCU favourite Stellan Skarsgård.
Being set five years before Rogue One — and in that lucrative gap between the prequel and original trilogies — means that Andor’s first season of 12 episodes will be followed by a second season of 12 to complete the story.
Speaking of the final run, Gilroy teased a “very different” season 2 that will be spread across the next four years.
He told Rolling Stone, “They’re about learning to be a leader and how difficult it is to put the alliance together and what happens to people who are the original gangsters versus the establishment and a lot of different other issues ... I’m hoping what we’re gonna do in the second half [of the series] will make the meal feel really satisfying.”
The Star Wars Celebration trailer isn’t available online yet, but with the promise of more blasters and subterfuge, we’re expecting most of the above to return alongside villains like Dedra Meero (Denise Gough) and Syril Karn (Kyle Soller). Andor season 2 went into production when season 1 was still airing, and according to Gilroy, is expected to reach Disney+ in August 2024.
The Bad Batch Season 3 (2024)
The gang is getting back together for one last hurrah, as The Bad Batch plans to wrap with season 3 in 2024. Clone Force 99 has had a good run, but we imagine Dee Bradley Baker will be happy he doesn’t have to voice nearly an entire cast.
Speaking at Star Wars Celebration 2023, executive producers Brad Rau, Jennifer Corbett, and Athena Portillo said Lucasfilm is ready to finish “telling this part of the story.” The teaser trailer showed a much bigger role for Ian McDiarmid’s Emperor Palpatine, while Ming-Na Wen’s Fennec Shand is also back for more.
Only Captain Rex appears past this point in the story, and given that we’ve seemingly lost Tech in the season 2 finale, it isn’t looking good for the rest of them. With questions about the future of Omega (Michelle Ang), the jaw-dropping reveal Emerie Karr (Keisha Castle-Hughes) is another female clone, and how this connects to Palpatine’s endgame, there’s a lot to cover before Crosshair, Hunter, Echo, and Wrecker get a hopefully happy ending on Pabu.
The Mandalorian Season 4 (TBC)
This is the Way, The Mandalorian is surprising no one with an order for season 4. We’re only just getting beneath the helmet of Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal), and with Grogu being key to this era of the franchise, we’re expecting that little bundle of Midi-chlorians to get his own beskar before the final credits roll.
In February 2023, creator Jon Favreau confirmed season 4 had already been written, and around the same time, told Total Film (via GamesRadar) there’s no end in sight for the series. That doesn’t mean it’ll be business as usual though, as executive producer Rick Famuyiwa explained to IGN the meaning of the series has changed.
“Who is the Mandalorian at this point? And so I think it could be anyone,” said Famuyiwa, confirming the titular Mandalorian is no longer just Din Djarin. We imagine has something to do with Katee Sackhoff’s live-action Bo-Katan wiping the floor with the competition.
Read more: The Mandalorian recap: The story so far
Famuyiwa also directed the final two episodes of season 3, and when pushed by Collider on when season 4 could get off the starting blocks, said the team is deep into starting the prep and the pre-production process as of April 2023. Nothing is set in stone, but we’d put our Galactic credits on an early 2025 release date.
The Acolyte (TBC 2024)
The big one for footage from SWC 2023 was The Acolyte from Russian Doll creator Leslye Headland. Set in a relatively untapped High Replublic era of canon that’s currently being explored in the novels, this female-led series takes place around 100 years before The Phantom Menace and is our first Sith-centric story.
Being described as an "action thriller with martial arts elements," The Acolyte will consist of eight episodes and has nabbed a bumper cast of Amandla Stenberg, Jodie Turner-Smith, Lee Jung-jae, Manny Jacinto, Charlie Bennett, Dafne Keen, Rebecca Henderson, Dean-Charles Chapman, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Joonas Suotamo.
Read more: Every upcoming MCU movie and TV show
Lee portrays a Jedi Master who was reportedly training Padawans in the first footage, whereas Moss is seen wielding the Force. Suotamo is known for taking over as Chewbacca in more recent movies, but here, plays a Jedi Wookiee that’s sure to become a standout.
If you want an idea of what The Acolyte could be like, check out the trailer for Quantic Dream's Star Wars Eclipse video game that’s set in the same period of history.
Production on the eight-episode series began in the UK in October 2022, with IGN reporting this “Frozen meets Kill Bill” adventure is on track for a 2024 release.
James Mangold's Star Wars movie (TBC)
There were three live-action movies announced at Star Wars Celebration 2023, with each charting a very different era of the galaxy far, far away. Taking its place at the start of the complex Star Wars timeline, Logan’s James Mangold plans to tell the story of the first Jedi. The Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny director is a hot property right now.
Set a whopping 25,000 years before A New Hope, this epic will give the Jedi Knights an origin story. Speaking to Empire, Mangold shed a little light on what it’ll involve: “I told Kathy [Kennedy] I wanted to make a kind of Bible movie, a kind of Ten Commandments of Star Wars – kind of a Cecil B DeMille film about the arrival of the Force, and that’s what I’ve been pecking away at between press events. That’s the idea.”
Hyping the idea that it’s connected enough to the Star Wars we know and far enough away to let him freely tell his own story, we’re guessing it'll be similar to how Logan was an X-Men movie without being a spandex-clad X-Men movie.
Dave Filoni's Star Wars movie (TBC)
Set in the ever-expanding sweet spot between the original trilogy and the sequels, Clone Wars and Rebels legend Dave Filoni is finally making the leap into movie territory for an outing that charts “the escalating war between the imperials and the fledging New Republic.”
Promising to tie together the likes of The Mandalorian, Ahsoka, and The Book of Boba Fett, there are whispers that Lars Mikkelsen’s Grand Admiral Thrawn could be the big bad. With the Rebels gang appearing in Ahsoka, they’re likely returnees, although Favreau played coy when we asked whether Grogu will appear.
Filoni and Favreau also won’t confirm whether the untitled movie marks the end of their various shows, however, we’re inching closer to finding out how “somehow, Palpatine returned.”
Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy's Rey movie (TBC)
Many guessed this day would come, and following reports that Ms. Marvel’s Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy was directing a mystery Star Wars movie, we now know it’s for the return of Rey (Daisy Ridley).
With Lost's Damon Lindelof exiting the project and Peaky Blinders' Steven Knight stepping in to script it, documentarian Obaid-Chinoy will deliver another female-first Star Wars adventure, which is also likely to be the next live-action movie out of the gate. Set 15 years after The Rise of Skywalker, Rey is reportedly trying to restore the Jedi Order based on Luke Skywalker’s old books and what she promised her dearly departed master.
Other characters from the sequel trilogy are also poised to return, as many fans hope there could be more from John Boyega’s Finn. Kennedy promised us we’re weeks away from her getting a script, meaning it’s full steam ahead with the current furthest point in the galaxy’s timeline.
Taika Waititi’s untitled Star Wars movie (TBC)
After seeing what Taika Waiti can do with Thor in the MCU, there are high hopes he can inject his usual brand of humour into Star Wars for a live-action movie.
There’s no news on where or when Waititi’s project will be set, but in August 2021, the What We Do in the Shadows director told Wired he’s cracked the story that “feels very me.” Kennedy gave Variety a brief update in April 2023 and added:
“Taika is still working away. He’s writing the script himself. He doesn’t really want to bring others into that process and I don’t blame him. He has a very, very unique voice. So we want to protect that and that’s what he’s doing. But we’re going to make that one day."
Read more on Variety: Star Wars Shakeup: Kevin Feige and Patty Jenkins movies shelved, Taika Waititi looking to star in his own film (5 min read)
The movie doesn't have a release date, and although it was once marked to herald the franchise’s return to the silver screen, that rumoured December 2025 release date looks unlikely. Waititi, who appears in The Mandalorian as the bounty hunter droid IG-11, is also rumoured to be in talks to star in his Star Wars movie.
Shawn Levy's Star Wars movie (TBC)
In November 2022, it was reported that Shawn Levy — director of Free Guy and The Adam Project, as well as producer of Stranger Things — is in talks to direct a Star Wars film. It would likely follow Deadpool 3 (releasing 2024) and the final season of Stranger Things (shooting in 2023).
Despite there being no update at Star Wars Celebration 2023, Levi previously reiterated to Collider he’s determined to get it made: "I don't attach to things because it looks good in a trade announcement. I attach to things that I intend to make. And you better believe I'm not going to squander this juiciest of opportunities. I'm going to work my ass off. But first, I got to work my ass off on making Deadpool."
Untitled Lando project (TBC)
Another name that needs no introduction is Lando Calrissian. The smooth-talking smuggler first appeared in 1980’s The Empire Strikes Back, with Billy Dee Williams becoming synonymous with the role — even returning for The Rise of Skywalker.
Donald Glover portrayed a much younger Lando in Solo: A Star Wars Story, and after Kennedy said Glover "holds all the cards here," it seemingly confirmed he’ll be leading Lando instead of Williams. This was backed up by Glover recently teasing GQ that he’s still in talks to reprise his role.
Glover’s involvement gives hope to the idea that Alden Ehrenreich and the tatters of Solo’s plot points could continue on the small screen.
Although it was announced back in 2020, it seems like things have stalled on the Lando project as the show's writer revealed that he hasn't heard anything from LucasFilm since then.
In an interview with The Direct, he said: "I certainly poured my heart and spent a lot of time working with them to put together a really great show. It feels like everybody loves it.
"And, you know, I was told we had to put a pause on it because of scheduling, and the next update I got [was in 2020], some years ago. So I don't know, I have no idea what's going on with it."
Despite radio silence, Kennedy reassured IGN at Star Wars Celebration 2023, "I can just tell you it's still happening, and he's very excited about it.” Either way, Lando sounds like one project that’s still a while off.
Knights of the Old Republic (TBC)
Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy confirmed an adaptation of the classic video game was in development, and it was later revealed that Terminator: Genisys and Alita: Battle Angel co-writer Laeta Kalogridis was working on the script.
There's been no update since though.
A Droid Story (TBC)
Years ago, there were whispers that R2-D2 and C-3PO would get their own spin-off akin to Solo, but it never came to pass. Instead, Star Wars: A Droid Story will see the iconic pair helping “a new hero” on a special mission.
There’s no word on where in the timeline A Droid Story fits, but with them first meeting in The Phantom Menace, it must take place after Episode I.
Disney+ is partnering with Industrial Light & Magic for a mix of animation and visual effects.
Untitled Star Wars movie (22 May 2026)
Disney had an untitled Star Wars movie pegged to go out on Friday, 19 December 2025 but a recent update showed that this has now been pushed until Friday 22 May 2026. As of writing, it's still unclear what this feature film will involve or who it might star.
Untitled Star Wars movie (18 December 2026)
When Disney revealed a release date shuffle in June 2023, they also spilt the beans that an as-yet-untitled Star Wars movie is due for release on Friday 18, December 2026.
A title isn't the only thing missing. In fact, we don't have any further details about what this movie could be. Is it something already announced? Something new? We'll convince with the force and get back to you.
Untitled Star Wars movie (17 December 2027)
The same Disney release date shuffle also let slip that a third currently-untitled Star Wars feature is due for release on Friday, 17 December 2027. Much like the previous two on this list, details on what this one is about or who it might feature are buried deeper than a Sarlacc pit. Hopefully, we'll know more soon.
J.D. Dillard and Matt Owens project (Status unknown)
Sleight’s J.D. Dillard and Luke Cage’s Matt Owens were in the early stages of developing a Star Wars film in February 2020, which is rumoured to have been set on the Sith planet of Exegol.
However, in November 2022 Dillard announced he was no longer involved.
Untitled Rian Johnson Trilogy (on hold)
Despite Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi being held as possibly the most divisive entry of the Skywalker Saga, he’s still poised to lead a whole new trilogy of movies. The all-new trilogy is planning to explore a different corner of the galaxy and introduce brand-new characters.
Johnson’s trilogy was announced in 2017 (before The Last Jedi even came out), and in a long-awaited update, Kennedy told Vanity Fair admitted it’s been back-burnered. In the Variety interview, she went on to admit that although she speaks to Johnson all the time, he's a busy man:
"We’re not actively involved in anything at the moment because he’s doing another one of the ‘Glass Onion’ movies and then God knows what else. But he really wants to step back into the space. It’s a big commitment of time, so that’s really on him.”
Rogue Squadron (SHELVED)
Wonder Woman’s Patty Jenkins was due to sit in the director’s chair for Rogue Squadron — which she wanted to be about the "greatest fighter pilot movie of all time."
Set in a “future era” of the galaxy, Rogue Squadron would have followed a new generation of starfighter pilots as they shoot through the stars.
Even though Rogue Squadron was originally slated for a Christmas 2023 release, it was indefinitely delayed with Jenkins putting her efforts into Wonder Woman 3, which has also been cancelled by DC.
It now looks like Rogue Squadron is no longer in active development, if reports on Variety are to be believed.
Kevin Feige’s untitled Star Wars movie (SHELVED)
Before Kathleen Kennedy was lording it over Star Wars, Kevin Feige was showing us how to craft cinematic universes. The idea that the MCU’s very own Emperor Palpatine will steer a Star Wars movie was huge news.
He was joined by another big name from Marvel, as Loki and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness scribe Michael Waldron was attached to write the screenplay.
As of March, 2023, Feige's Star Wars movie was no longer in active development.
Rangers of the New Republic (SHELVED)
One series unlikely to see the light of day is Rangers of the New Republic. The Mandalorian's tease of a spin-off for Gina Carano’s Cara Dune led into Rangers of the New Republic, but the star’s outspoken comments on social media led to Disney cutting ties with her.
Speaking to Empire in 2021, Kennedy confirmed no scripts for Rangers of the New Republic had been written, adding that ideas could be absorbed into future seasons of The Mandalorian.
David Benioff and D.B. Weiss’ Trilogy (SHELVED)
Game of Thrones legends David Benioff and D.B. Weiss were set to swap dragons for Rancors for a whole trilogy of movies. The daring duo was announced for the much-hyped trilogy back in 2018 — at a time Game of Thrones was still massive — for a 2022 start.
Although Benioff and Weiss cited their ongoing deal with Netflix as the reason, others think the critical slamming Game of Thrones season 8 received was another contributing factor.
Either way, don’t expect to see the Star Wars Seven Kingdoms anytime soon.
Watch: Obi-Wan Kenobi stars praise George Lucas