Maxine Promises to Be a Slasher Movie in Love with Hollywood’s Past

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Quick: Name five stars who got their start in horror movies. This is such an easy question, even for much of today’s modern crop of Gen-Z talent. So posing it in the 1980s is hardly fair. And yet, that is what Mia Goth’s eternally striving dreamer does at the top of the new MaXXXine trailer […]

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There’s never been a better time to be a Star Wars fan in terms of quantity. There’s more Star Wars on screen and on the page now than ever before in the franchise’s history. From Disney+ series to video games to The High Republic books and Marvel comics, you can experience new adventures in the galaxy far, far away pretty much any way you want it right now. If Lucasfilm were able to get some movies off the ground, we’d be able to say that the franchise is firing on all cylinders.

Whether or not we finally do get some new Star Wars on the big screen in the years to come, the future of the franchise is still very bright, thanks to TV series like The Mandalorian, which has already expanded across multiple spinoffs full of Original Trilogy nostalgia and exciting new characters. In fact, The Mandalorian has grown so big, the next installment will be a feature-length film, the first Star Wars movie since The Rise of Skywalker in 2019.

Meanwhile, animated takes like Visions, The Bad Batch, Tales of the Jedi, and Tales of the Empire continue to explore new ways to tell stories in this beloved universe. And with new upcoming shows such as The Acolyte and Skeleton Crew, there’s plenty more look forward to.

Let’s take a look ahead at all the new Star Wars movie and TV series coming up on Lucasfilm’s busy slate…

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Upcoming Star Wars Movies

While the franchise has continued to thrive on the small screen and on the page, it’s a very uncertain time for Star Wars movies. In the aftermath of 2019’s The Rise of Skywalker, Lucasfilm has announced a number of films that have struggled to move forward, including Patty Jenkins’s Rogue Squadron, which was delayed despite originally being in the works for a 2023 release. Lucasfilm has a few other films in development, with an eye on releasing the first of several new movies in 2026. Here’s the breakdown of what’s been announced:

Star Wars: The Mandalorian Season 3

The Mandalorian & Grogu

Release Date: May 22, 2026

Director: Jon Favreau

After becoming the biggest show on Disney+, The Mandalorian is jumping to the big screen, leading the charge for a whole new slate of Star Wars movies in theaters. The film, which will begin production this year, is directed by Jon Favreau. We know next to nothing else about the movie except it’ll set our beloved father-son duo on a new adventure after the events of season 3.

Untitled Rey Skywalker Movie

Release Date: TBA

Director: Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

Writer: Steven Knight

Starring: Daisy Ridley

That’s right, Daisy Ridley will reprise her role as Rey Skywalker in a film set 15 years after the Sequel Trilogy. Directed by Ms. Marvel‘s Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and written by Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight, the movie will see Rey working to finally rebuild the Jedi Order for a new era of Star Wars. And Ridley is as excited about her return as we are, teasing recently that Obaid-Chinoy’s “idea for the story is cool as shit…No spoilers, but she gave me a rundown of the entire story. If it weren’t amazing, I would have been like, ‘OK, call me in five years.’ But it’s worthwhile.”

Ridley teased a few little things about Jedi Master Rey in the movie in an exclusive interview with Den of Geek here.

Star Wars Eclipse Jedi

Untitled James Mangold Movie

Release Date: TBA

Director: James Mangold

Writers: James Mangold and Beau Willimon

This movie is set 25,000 years before the events of the Skywalker Saga and tracks the origin of the Jedi, according to writer-director James Mangold: “I thought about a biblical epic, like a Ten Commandments and the dawning of the Force. Where did the Force come from? When did we discover it? When did we know how to use it? And a story just started developing.”

Lars Mikkelsen as Thrawn in Star Wars: Ahsoka

Untitled New Republic Movie

Release Date: TBA

Director: Dave Filoni

After spearheading a mini-shared universe of shows on Disney+ as an executive producer, veteran Star Wars creator Dave Filoni is getting his shot at a live-action event film that will “close out the interconnected stories told in The Mandalorian, The Book of Boba Fett, Ahsoka, and other Disney+ series,” according to StarWars.com.

Taika Waititi Star Wars Movie

Untitled Taika Waititi Star Wars Movie

Release Date: TBA

Director: Taika Waititi

Writer: Taika Waititi and Krysty Wilson-Cairns

After his stint directing (and voice acting) on The Mandalorian, Taika Waititi will return for a big screen offering!

“Taika’s approach to Star Wars will be fresh, unexpected, and…unique,” said Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy in a statement in 2020. “His enormous talent and sense of humor will ensure that audiences are in for an unforgettable ride.”

There’s very little in the way of actual details right now, not even a release date yet. Last we heard, Waititi was still working on the script, with Kennedy suggesting the director could also star in the film.

Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian in Solo: A Star Wars Story

Lando

Release Date: TBA

Writer: Donald and Stephen Glover

Starring: Donald Glover

The smoothest scoundrel in the galaxy is getting his own movie from Donald Glover, who is set to star in the movie as well as write the script with his brother Stephen. We know little else about the project, but the Glovers promised to have creative control of this next chapter in Lando’s story.

“I said yes because I like the characters and my kids love Star Wars,” Glover told THR recently when asked why he’d decided to helm the project. “And at this point, I just know when something’s going to be good, because you’re really fighting the industry when you [put your imprint on a franchise of that magnitude]. I feel like I have enough control.”

Untitled Shawn Levy Movie

Release Date: TBA

Director: Shawn Levy

Deadpool 3 director Shawn Levy is working on a Star Wars movie, although we don’t know when we might actually see this one: “I’ve been talking with Kathy Kennedy for awhile now, and she’s been aware of my passion for this franchise for a long time. The stars finally aligned, and she came to me and was like, let’s do something here. And that’s as much as I can say. But this is definitely development and not yet close to prep. So there’s a lot of work to be done,” he told Collider in 2022.

Patty Jenkins’ Rogue Squadron

Release Date: TBA

Director/Writer: Patty Jenkins

Somehow, Patty Jenkins returned. Despite originally being slated for a 2023 release until creative differences and scheduling conflicts caused Jenkins to leave the highly-anticipated X-wing movie set after the Sequel Trilogy, the writer-director confirmed in March 2024 that she’s back on the project and working on a draft of the script for Lucasfilm. Jenkins told the Talking Pictures podcast: “We’ll see what happens. We need to get it to where we’re both super happy with it.”

Upcoming Star Wars TV Shows

After the success of The Mandalorian, it should come as no surprise that there are way more Star Wars TV series coming to Disney+ in the next few years. Here’s what you have to look forward to next…

Tales of the Empire

Release Date: May 4, 2024

Creator: Dave Filoni

Starring: Diana Lee Inosanto, Meredith Salenger, Lars Mikkelsen

This new six-part animated anthology series follows in Tales of the Jedi‘s footsteps, giving us two new stories focused on what happened to Barriss Offee after the events of The Clone Wars and the origin story of Morgan Elsbeth before The Mandalorian. As the title suggests, there will be plenty of classic Star Wars villains popping up in this one, including Darth Vader, Grand Admiral Thrawn, and even the Grand Inquisitor. Darksiders rejoice!

The Acolyte

Release Date: June 4, 2024

Showrunner: Leslye Headland

Starring: Amandla Stenberg, Lee Jung-jae, Manny Jacinto, Dafne Keen, Jodie Turner-Smith, Rebecca Henderson, Charlie Barnett, Dean-Charles Chapman, Carrie-Anne Moss

Russian Doll co-creator Leslye Headland is developing a new series called The Acolyte, which is set during the High Republic era, a time period that predates even The Phantom Menace. The series is said to be “female-centric” and seems to be a darker Star Wars story than what we’re used to seeing on screen.

Lucasfilm describes the show as “a mystery-thriller that will take the audience into a galaxy of shadowy secrets and emerging dark side powers in the final days of the High Republic era.” Sounds intriguing!

We have some theories as to what the show could be about here.

Star Wars: Skeleton Crew

Skeleton Crew

Release Date: 2024

Executive Producers: Jon Watts and Chris Ford

Starring: Jude Law, Ryan Kiera Armstrong, Robert Timothy Smith, Ravi Cabot-Conyers, Kyriana Kratter, Tunde Adebimpe, Kerry Condon, Jaleel White

We know very little about this series except that it stars Jude Law and centers around a group of kids lost in the galaxy far, far away. It is also set in the same era as The Mandalorian, Ahsoka, and The Book of Boba Fett!

Rosario Dawson in Star Wars: Ahsoka

Ahsoka Season 2

Release Date: TBA

Executive Producers: Jon Favreau & Dave Filoni

Writer: Dave Filoni

Starring: Rosario Dawson, Natasha Liu Bordizzo, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Hayden Christensen, Ivanna Sakhno, Eman Esfandi

Lucasfilm has confirmed that Dave Filoni is developing the second season of Ahsoka. Expect season 2 to address several cliffhangers from the first season. What is Thrawn and the Nightsisters’ plan on Dathomir? What’s next for Ezra Bridger now that he’s returned to the known galaxy? How will Ahsoka and Sabine get off Peridia without a ship?

Star Wars Andor Review

Andor Season 2

Release Date: TBA

Showrunner: Tony Gilroy

Starring: Diego Luna, Genevieve O’Reilly, Adria Arjona, Faye Marsay, Stellan Skarsgard, Denise Gough, Kyle Soller, Andy Serkis, Varada Sethu, Elizabeth Dulau, Anton Lesser

The second and final season of Andor is currently in production. It will once again consist of 12 episodes, with each three-episode arc chronicling a year in Cassian’s life in the lead up to the events of Rogue One. Expect Cassian and Mon Mothma to finally meet in this one.

Star Wars A Droid Story

A Droid Story

Release Date: TBA

This animated TV movie will follow C-3PO and R2-D2 as well as introduce a new hero to the Star Wars galaxy. That’s all we know at the moment!

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