Star Wars: The Future of A Galaxy Far Far Away
The original Star Wars trilogy created a fascinating fantasy universe filled with good and evil, Imperial forces and Rebels, sorcerers good and bad, and fascinating characters like knights, merchants, smugglers, and pretty much anything else you may encounter in fairy tales and fantasy stories. And it caught with the public, too - it spawned an incredible variety of stories taking place in the Star Wars galaxy far-far away, telling us about the adventures of the characters we had the chance to meet in the movies and many others. The Star Wars expanded universe was born - and then wiped away with a movie by the acquisition of its rights by Disney. The Mouse House decided to continue the story where the original trilogy left off, disregarding everything we've grown to love over the years. And now all we can rely on are press releases and dropped words by directors, actors, and studio execs about the future of the franchise, but here's everything we know about Star Wars: The Last Jedi sequels and the related movies coming up.
The "Star Wars Story" series
Back in 2013, Disney CEO Bob Iger confirmed a series of "anthology movies" happening in the Star Wars universe at some point before the original trilogy. We've already had the chance to see the Bothan spies steal the plans for the Death Star in "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" and will join everyone's favorite Corellian smuggler Han Solo in a, ahem, solo flick, set to be released this summer. But other movies are also rumored to come - some speak of a flick telling the story of the bounty hunter Boba Fett (who, according to the SW canon, has a personal score to settle with the Jedi as a whole), and some also speak of an Obi-Wan Kenobi biopic starring Ewan McGregor (a role he would love to reprise, by the way).
A different trilogy
Last November, Lucasfilm announced that director Rian Johnson (who did a great job with 2012's Looper, by the way) will start working on a brand new Star Wars trilogy. These movies will not focus on the Skywalker saga but introduce new characters instead. Shooting for the new series will reportedly start in Scotland this summer, most notably around the Rest and Be Thankful pass between Loch Awe and Loch Long and other locations. That's about as much as we know about the upcoming trilogy right now.
A live-action TV series
The production of a live-action TV (streaming) series in the Star Wars universe was also announced by Disney late in the last year but the details are scarce. The Mouse House plans to start its own online streaming service in 2019, and the new series will likely be released as an exclusive, along with other serialized material based on successful franchises like Monsters Inc., High School Musical, and the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Let's hope they don't blow it...