Say it ain't so! The next Star Wars trilogy has officially been delayed, along with a few other Disney projects. It was announced last year that Disney had already set a schedule to release the next few movies set in a galaxy, far, far away, but plans have changed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. According to Engadget, the next new Star Wars film would have hit theaters in Dec. 2022, followed by another in Dec. 2024, and one in 2026. Unfortunately, with movie theaters closed and film productions delayed all around the world, the planned release dates will be pushed back by a full year.
This delay means that the first movie in the trilogy, reportedly directed and co-written by Taika Waititi, will debut on Dec. 22nd, 2023, followed by the others in 2025 and 2027. There have been so many projects delayed at this point, I can barely keep track! It would be an understatement to say the pandemic has had a major impact on the film industry.
Disney confirmed in May that Waititi is set to direct and co-write a new Star Wars movie for theatrical release. Krysty Wilson-Cairns, who was nominated for an Oscar for her work co-writing 1917, will pen the script with Waititi. Considering the fact that Waititi's work is always top-notch, the wait is definitely worth it!