Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy is looking ahead on how she wants the “Star Wars” movies to be released.
The last “Star Wars” film to hit theaters was 2019’s “The Rise of Skywalker.” Since then, there have been numerous canceled projects, but no new theatrical releases. However, at Star Wars Celebration London, three new films were announced, including one starring sequel actress Daisy Ridley.
Kathleen Kennedy Says It’s Important To ‘Eventise’ ‘Star Wars’ Movies Like ‘James Bond’
On May 4, Star Wars Day, Kathleen Kennedy spoke to Empire about when she wants new movies from a galaxy far, far away to hit the big screen.
“I’ve often brought up Bond,” Kennedy said, referring to the “James Bond” movies. “That’s every three or four years and there wasn’t this pressure to feel like you had to have a movie every year. I feel that was very important to Star Wars. We have to eventise this.”
However, it seems that there isn’t going to be a “Star Wars” movie hitting the big screen until 2025. An untitled “Star Wars” film is sitting in the December 2025 slot on the Disney release calendar, and many believe that Ridley’s new movie is going to be the first up.
“It’s much better to tell the truth that we’re going to make these movies when they’re ready to be made, and release them when they’re ready to be released,” she said, indicating that it might be a while between new “Star Wars” movies.
Daisy Ridley’s ‘Star Wars’ Movie To Focus On Rebuilding The Jedi Order 15 Years After ‘The Rise Of Skywalker’
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly after Star Wars Celebration London, Kathleen Kennedy revealed a bit more about Ridley’s new movie set in a galaxy far, far away. The film will take place fifteen years after 2019’s “The Rise of Skywalker” and focus on Rey rebuilding the Jedi Order after the fall of the First Order.
“As we move into the future space — this story is about 15 years outside of The Rise of Skywalker — obviously we realized post-war, post–First Order rise of the New Jedi Order, we left episode 9 with Rey making a commitment to Luke Skywalker that she would rebuild the Jedi Order,” Kennedy said.
“And so here we are — we’re ready to do that. And it took a lot of discussion because obviously we’ve been developing stories in different spaces, and television has been a big focus of our attention right now,” she continued. “But there’s still so much interest in what happens after The Rise of Skywalker. So we’re excited to be doing that.”
Although Ridley is the only one confirmed to appear in this new movie, Kennedy teased, “It’s entirely possible to see some people come back.” There were reports that actor John Boyega is rumored to make a return as Finn, but nothing has been confirmed at this time.
What Are The Other Two New ‘Star Wars’ Movies About?
The “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny” filmmaker James Mangold is trading one Harrison Ford franchise for another. He has described his film as a “Biblical epic” that would give fans a look at the origin story of the Force. This story will be set about 25,000 years before any of the pre-existing films or TV shows.
“When I first started talking to Kathy about doing one of these pictures, what occurred to me was thinking about what kind of genre of movie within Star Wars I wanted to do,” he said via The Hollywood Reporter. “And I thought about a Biblical epic, like a Ten Commandments, about the dawning of the Force. Where did the Force come from, when did we discover it, when did we learn how to use it?”
Creative director Dave Filoni will also be directing a new movie within the New Republic era to tie together the events set in “The Mandalorian” timeline, which could include characters from “Ahsoka,” “The Book of Boba Fett,” and “Skeleton Crew.” It also might feature characters from two of fan-favorite animated series: “The Clone Wars” and “Rebels.”
Kathleen Kennedy herself hinted that the movie will have characters from many of Filoni’s works and not just the Disney+ series that he has been creating with Jon Favreau. “I hesitate to say it’s a big meetup from just those because Dave has been developing Star Wars storytelling inside Clone Wars and Rebels and so much of the work he has done for 20 years,” Kennedy admitted. “So it will be little bits of all of that. There are a lot of sources he’s drawing from to see where we’re going.”
So far, there is no word as to when Filoni or Mangold’s “Star Wars” movies will be released, but taking into consideration Kennedy’s latest comments about the film release schedule, it might not be until 2030!