The new Star Wars movies and series
MFC TOP 5
The future of Star Wars seemed bright once again when Disney acquired Lucasfilm in 2012 and immediately announced the return of the franchise to the theaters.
Disney took up the story developed by George Lucas in a new trilogy of films, adding new and colorful characters in the original formula of the saga and inviting new fans to join the celebration. The premiere of Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015) was completely a fresh new start for franchise, but Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi (2017), the second film of the new trilogy didn’t get the expected reception.
Star Wars: Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) will be the last movie focused on the Skywalker family, as Disney prepares to explore new stories within the galaxy.
After this film, Disney will take a three-year break before releasing a new Star Wars movie. What do they have to offer during their break and which surprises do the bring? In MFC TOP 5 we tell you everything about the best series and movies that will expand the Star Wars universe.
5. Rian Johnson movie trilogy
Rian Johnson was the writer and director of The Last Jedi, one of the most controversial Star Wars films since the release of Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999). Both fans and critics were divided between those who supported Johnson‘s fresh proposal and those who claim that the director didn’t understand the fundamentals of the franchise.
Perhaps Rian Johnson wasn’t the right person to write and direct one of the main Star Wars movies. However, we can be sure that Johnson is able to give a fresh and different look at the franchise, supported by the surprising visual achievements of The Last Jedi.
4. Untitled Cassian Andor series
While we wait for new movies, the Disney+ streaming platform will offer new Star Wars stories in the form of live-action series.
One of them will focus on the story of Cassian Andor, the spy of the Rebellion we previously met in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016), played by Diego Luna.
Still lacking an official title, the series intends to explore both the period in which the Rebellion against the Galactic Empire emerged and the different conflicts that gave rise to what happened in Rogue One and Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977 ). The series will be released in 2021.
3. David Benioff and D. B. Weiss movie trilogy
In February 2018, Disney announced that David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, the minds behind Game of Thrones, would be in charge of writing and producing their own trilogy of movies within the Star Wars universe.
Due to their connection with Game of Thrones, one of the most important epic fantasy series of all time, it’s believed that the stories of the Benioff and Weiss trilogy will be related to the historical Star Wars period known as the Old Republic, where the Jedi and the Sith fought in battles of colossal proportions.
It was expected that the Benioff and Weiss trilogy was the new series of films that would hit theaters after the three-year break that the Star Wars universe is taking. However, it has been confirmed that a new contract with Netflix could delay the development of these films.
2. The Mandalorian
Also, on Disney+, we will explore the distant Outer Rim of the galaxy in The Mandalorian, one of the series that will be available with the launch of the platform.
The series will tell the story of a bounty hunter from the Mandalorians, a former clan of mercenaries to which classic characters from the saga belong, such as Jango and Boba Fett.
It’ll take place after the events of Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983) and will explore the situation of the galaxy after the fall of the Empire and before the rise of the First Order.
The series will have features of the western genre and seek to be visually stunning, as it will implement new technologies for CGI. It will be directed by Jon Favreau and will feature performances by Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano, Werner Herzog, and Taika Waititi.
1. Untitled Obi-Wan Kenobi series
After so many years of waiting and speculation, the dream of many fans finally came true: Ewan McGregor returns to the Star Wars universe as Obi-Wan Kenobi, one of the most emblematic characters in the saga.
Although Disney initially worked on films focused on existing characters, the poor performance of Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) in comparison to the company’s expectations led to the abandonment of several projects, including Kenobi‘s film.
It wasn’t until D23 Expo 2019 that Disney and Lucasfilm confirmed the production of this new series, which will take place eight years after Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005) and eleven years before A New Hope.
The story could narrate the time in which Kenobi was hiding in the Tatooine desert while protecting Luke Skywalker. The script is already finished and its premiere is estimated for 2021.