I just saw The Force Awakens, and it ended on a cliffhanger (literally, on a cliff).

But seriously will there be another one?

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    I'm just curious, is there any particular reason you have to suspect there won't be more?
    – KutuluMike
    Dec 21 '15 at 4:37
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    I think this is a fairly strange question to ask, the answer seems so obvious, it's quite a facile question, and it's not brilliantly worded. (Read: This isn't quite how we like to do things here). But, seriously, I think 8 downvotes on a new user's question is pretty harsh, to be honest. And, I mean, it's not off-topic, it seems like a legitimate question, if not a very inspiring one, and there's nothing here that seems to be hideously against the rules. So, I mean, OP: I hope you won't take that to heart too much and will stick around and just try to improve your posts a little
    – Au101
    Dec 21 '15 at 6:14
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    @Au101: Hover your mouse over the "downvote" icon, and you'll discover why people are using it. Dec 21 '15 at 19:28

Yes. Oh god yes. We will drown in oceans of Star Wars sequels.

In the short term, Disney has plans to make a complete new trilogy:

By all accounts, these films will continue the ongoing stories of Rey, Finn, and Kylo Ren.

There are also longer-term plans for a trilogy of Anthology films, set in the Star Wars universe but not part of the ongoing story of the new trilogy:

  • Rogue One, released in December 2016, tells the story of the theft of the Death Star plans
  • The second Anthology film is an origin story for Han Solo, currently in pre-production, and is set for a May 2018 release
  • The third film has had few details released, but is set for a 2020 release; I've heard rumours that it will center on Boba Fett, but nothing has been confirmed

After this, preliminary talks at Disney could see a further fifteen years worth of Star Wars.

If this seems excessive, recall that, at time of writing, The Force Awakens is the highest-grossing domestic film of all time1, leading Avatar by $155 million, and the third-highest-grossing film worldwide, trailing Titanic by a paltry $120 million and Avatar by $720 million.

Unless and until the movies bomb spectacularly2, Disney's investors would revolt if they didn't keep churning out Star Wars movies

1 That's not adjusted for inflation; if you adjust, then Gone With the Wind still wins handily, with The Force Awakens trailing in 11th place, which is still indescribably impressive

2 Which seems unlikely, at least in the short-term; The Phantom Menace is the 7th highest-domestic-grossing film of all time ($474 million unadjusted), while Revenge of the Sith is 25th ($380 million). The lowest of the franchise is actually Empire Strikes Back, at 66th ($290 million). Even when they're crap, Star Wars makes bank

  • Out of curiosity, will the anthology really be "not part of the trilogy continuity"? Or did you mean that they will tell side stories of less important characters?
    – Andres F.
    Dec 22 '15 at 0:12
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    @AndresF. What I meant is that they're not part of the story of the new trilogy; I must have been a bit tired when I wrote that before. They're mostly telling backstories; Rogue One is about the mission to steal the Death Star plans, I believe, and one of the others is about Han Solo; I'm pretty sure the third is about Boba Fett, but that may have just been a rumour I read somewhere Dec 22 '15 at 0:14

Short answer: yes, there will be at least one sequel trilogy (episode 7, 8, 9) as well as non-trilogy related films that focus on other events and characters outside the main story (Rogue One is currently in production and details events prior to Episode 4):

The trilogy is comprised of the forthcoming Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens, directed by J.J. Abrams and written by Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan for a release on December 18, 2015; Star Wars: Episode VIII, written and directed by Rian Johnson; and Star Wars: Episode IX, which Johnson is writing a story treatment for.


The official title for Star Wars Episode VIII is The Last Jedi:

Title card for The Last Jedi; Black text with red outline reads "Star Wars" with white text reading "The Last Jedi" sandwiched between on a starfield


According to this article, yes, and it is already in production:

in late October, just as the world was starting to wonder about the whereabouts of Luke Skywalker, the guy who plays him was sitting at a table in his tree-lined Malibu yard, wearing Batman-themed Converse sneakers. Hamill was just starting to regrow his Jedi beard for the follow-up, Episode VIII — which would soon need him on set.

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