When Disney first bought Lucasfilm and the Star Wars license back in 2012, the original plan was to develop a new trilogy of Star Wars films, with Episode IX as a proposed end point. Considering how financially successful The Force Awakens and Rogue One have been for the studio, it’s unsurprising to hear that those plans have definitely changed and that the franchise will continue well beyond Episode IX.
As reported by Variety, Disney CEO Bob Iger confirmed at a USC tech conference today that the creative team currently has plans for “what could be another decade and a half of Star Wars stories.” While Iger didn’t explicitly state it, this news would suggest that Disney is adamant about sticking to their one Star Wars film a year release model for the foreseeable future.
Additionally, Iger reaffirmed that Disney has no plans to digitally recreate Leia Organa in the wake of Carrie Fisher’s death last December and that nothing is being done to tamper with her performance in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which comes out later this year.
Iger also had a few new details to share about next year’s Han Solo movie, confirming that it will follow the character’s life from age 18 to 24 and that we can expect to see the acquisition of “a certain vehicle and meeting a certain Wookie.” Viewers will “also discover how he got his name,” because I know that’s the burning question I’ve always had since I first watched the original Star Wars.