15th Feb2016

Disney’s forthcoming ‘Star Wars’ line-up

by Reece Jones

With Star Wars: The Force Awakens recently surpassing $2 billion in box office takings and on course to give Avatar a run for its’ top spot when combined with future merchandise and film sales, we thought we’d look at Disney’s film line-up including the upcoming Rogue One film due at the end of this year.

Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm was a bold move but has clearly paid off and their $4.05 billion investment is already looking like a winner. For spread betting enthusiasts and investors in the Disney stock, the November release of the recent Star Wars film did more than just raise their share price; it supported Disney’s intentions to produce a series of spin-off films and future Episodes side-by-side akin to the X-Men movies. But rather than just focus on the monetary gains, let’s look at the most recent confirmed line-up including the next in line, Star Wars: Rogue One.

Star Wars: Rogue One

Due to hit cinemas December 2016 and set between Episode III and Episode IV in the timeline, the story focuses on a band of rebel spies who are on a mission to steal the plans for the Emperor’s new weapon, the infamous Death Star.

Star Wars Episode VIII

With a planned release date in December 2017, it continues the main story line on from The Force Awakens with both Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher reprising their roles as the original Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia respectively.

Untitled Han Solo Film

Projected to be released in May 2018 just 6 months after the next Episode in the main film chain, the main actor is still yet to be selected but will be a great chance to bring back the character that we saw killed off in Episode VII. The only thing we know for certain is that Harrison Ford won’t be coming back, as he is reportedly enjoying the fate of his on-screen counterpart having been campaigning for his death since Return of the Sith.

Star Wars: Episode IX

While the date may yet be moved, it is expected to be with us in 2019, this will be the final film in the next Trilogy that started with Episode VII. The film is presumably going to tie up the storyline of Kylo Ren and further updates are expected to be released as the other projects reach their various stages of completion.

Untitled Boba Fett Film

Rumoured to be screening in 2020, some four years away, the movie plans tell nothing of the cast or storyline as of yet. Boba Fett is a bounty hunter and a clone of Jango Fett who died earlier in the timeline. While he is synonymous with the Dark Side and his attempts to kill Mace Windu, he is reportedly feared throughout the galaxy for his lethality and known by his ship: Slave I.
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While there are undoubtedly future updates to come in the Star Wars saga, the line-up will surely help Disney surpass the costs they invested in Lucasfilm and lead to further spin-offs or perhaps even a further trilogy dependent on the success of this third one?

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