Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker reaches us on 19th December and is set to resolve the decades-long Skywalker saga. And despite Disney CEO Bob Iger's claim the studio would pump the brakes on any new Star Wars properties, that's certainly not the case.
That's because Disney have officially announced we're getting a brand new trilogy in three years time. According to Variety, "the first of the three new films will hit the big screen on 16th December, 2022. There will be two other follow-ups that will premiere in the Christmas corridor on 20th December 2024 and 18th December 2026".
Whether these movies will continue the adventures of Rey (Daisy Ridley), Finn (John Boyega) and other characters remains to be seen. This is in addition to The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson's planned new trilogy, and a separate spin-off from Game of Thrones show-runners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.
And there's rescheduling to be done among the 20th Century Fox film slate that now falls under Disney's jurisdiction. James Cameron's sequel Avatar 2 will now move from its initial release date of 18th December 2020 to 17th December 2021. Avatar 3 will then open on 22nd December 2023, as opposed to Dec. 17, 2021, followed by Avatar 4 on on 19th December 2025 (originally set for 20th December 2024). Finally, Avatar 5 will launch on 17th December 2027. That means we'll be alternating between Star Wars and Avatar films for the best part of a decade.
And there are other changes too: X-Men horror spin-off The New Mutants has been shunted yet again from an August 2019 slot to 3rd April 2020. Long-gestating X-Men property Gambit, rumoured to be starring Channing Tatum, has hit release date limbo. And Kenneth Branagh's adaptation of Eoin Colfer's novel Artemis Fowl has been moved from August 2019 to 29th May 2020.
Other changes: Brad Pitt sci-fi drama Ad Astra, from The Lost City of Z director James Gray, has been moved from May 2019 to 20th September 2019. And Will Smith/Tom Holland animated comedy Spies in Disguise will now reach us on 25th December this year, as opposed to 9th August.
Check out the full Disney schedule via Fandango in the tweet below.
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