When Disney acquired Lucasfilm back in 2012, they immediately went to work on developing a sequel trilogy set in the mainline Skywalker family saga (beginning with 2015’s The Force Awakens), as well as a series of standalone spinoff films to help flesh out the larger universe (starting with last year’s Rogue One). Two movies in, the great Star Wars renaissance has brought in more than $3 billion at the worldwide box office through global ticket sales alone, reigniting the passion many have for the material. Anticipation runs high for this December’s The Last Jedi and 2018’s untitled young Han Solo anthology.
Unlike Lucasfilm’s fellow Disney brethren Marvel, the studio has not announced a massive slate of upcoming projects at this point in time. In fact, the last confirmed installment on the docket is Colin Trevorrow’s Episode IX, which is aiming for a 2019 premiere. Because of this, several fans have been wondering what the future holds for the galaxy far, far away, especially with Disney CEO Bob Iger teasing the possibility for stories that go well into the 2030s. Now, the latest Star Wars rumors seem to reveal what Kathleen Kennedy and company have up their sleeves.
All of the following information comes from Star Wars News Net, and it’s important for readers to take this all as rumor for now. The site’s source for this report was the same one who suggested Last Jedi and/or Star Wars 9 would revisit some classic planets from the earlier episodes, like Tatooine and Mustafar. This is a far more comprehensive rundown of what Lucasfilm has planned following Episode IX, beginning with a long-awaited spinoff finally moving forward.
It would appear that the first standalone to hit theaters after Star Wars 9 is the Obi-Wan Kenobi movie that fans have been clamoring for ever since Disney bought Lucasfilm. Ewan McGregor, who played the Jedi in the prequel trilogy, has been very public in expressing his desire to return to the role should he be asked, and apparently the feeling is mutual. Kennedy “fully intends” to make an Obi-Wan spinoff set in the years between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, with McGregor obviously reprising the lead. One other bit of info is that for now, it is going to be a “singular” film, as opposed to a trilogy that was once speculated.
As for who might direct this one, Star Wars News Net has heard none other than Rogue One helmsman Gareth Edwards could be in the running, as Kennedy was pleased with his work on last year’s blockbuster. While Edwards endured a rather tumultuous production process (due to the extensive reshoots that took place), the filmmaker still had a blast contributing to the Star Wars legacy and certainly has a love for the property. Edwards has even been vocal about his interest in an Obi-Wan film as something he’d like to see, so perhaps he knows more than he’s letting on. It’s rumored that Obi-Wan might be announced at Celebration 2017, which kicks off in a couple of weeks.
Moving on, another frequently rumored spinoff, one about infamous bounty hunter Boba Fett, is said to be “not dead,” which will come as great news to fans of the Mandalorian. However, it’s reported Fett will merely be a smaller cog in the larger machine of the picture, and not necessarily the primary focus. According to the source, this anthology is “an ensemble of bounty hunters on an adventure” where Boba is an “important component.” This is probably for the best, as it allows Lucasfilm to use one of their most marketable characters for a new live-action film while also expanding the lore and mythology around him (without stripping Boba too much of his mystique). Another detail is that this bounty hunter film won’t be an “origin story” for Boba Fett, which isn’t all that surprising considering his beginnings were shown in Attack of the Clones and the ensuing Clone Wars animated series.
Lucasfilm is also working on another post-Episode IX spinoff, one that sounds a little different than anything else that’s come before. It’s said