The Rise of Skywalker, the 9th episode in the Star Wars series, is scheduled to hit theaters this December, but considering that Disney previously hinted that they would take a break from this long-running franchise afterward, its future on the big screen was pretty unclear. We already know that with Disney+, Star Wars’ presence on TV will be considerably expanded. Now, the release dates for the next trilogy has also been revealed.

Star Wars Episode 9
Episode 9 hits theaters this December

According to confirmation from Disney, the next Star Wars film after The Rise of Skywalker will be released on December 16, 2022, and its 2 sequels will come in December 2024 and December 2026, respectively. In the years between, namely 2023, 2025, and 2027, fans can content themselves with the new Avatar movies (3, 4, and 5) from James Cameron. Avatar 2 is already scheduled for next year.

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New Avatar Movies are also coming

What the new Star Wars films will be about is unknown just yet. Reportedly, 2 separate series are already in development, one of which is helmed by The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson while the other is led by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, showrunners of HBO’s hit series Game of Thrones.

Still, it appears Star Wars has slowed down with its release schedule. When the series made a comeback with 2015’s The Force Awakens, Disney planned to have a movie released every year. However, the spinoff Solo: A Star Wars Story of 2018 did not achieve commercial success, resulting in the cancellation of more spinoffs.  of 2018's Solo: A Star Wars Story reportedly led to plans for further spin-offs to be canceled. In September last year, Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger even admitted those movies were a little bit too rushed.

Bob Iger
Bob Iger, Disney's chairman and CEO

On the small screen, The Mandalorian – a new Star Wars show –  is set to premiere this fall alongside Disney+. Another show about Cassian Andor, one of the main characters of Rogue One, is also in the work.

In other news, a release schedule for the MCU’s phase 4 movies has also been announced.