Disney startled the world when they announced their plans to continue the iconic Star Wars franchise with a new sequel and they made good on their promise with the seventh Star Wars installment in 2015, ten years after the release of Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith.
With mainly positive reviews, and it’s current ranking as the third highest-grossing film of all time, Star Wars: The Force Awakens has pretty much guaranteed a successful future for the Star Wars franchise and sequels are definitely in the works.
Disney CEO, Bob Iger, recently sat down and talked about the franchise’s future. “We’re starting talk about what could happen after Episode IX. About what could be another decade-and-a-half of Star Wars stories,” he shared at the Scale: The Future Of Tech And Entertainment conference in Santa Monica earlier today.
He also spoke of the upcoming Star Wars sequel (Episode VIII) and the spin-off Han Solo standalone movie. He revealed that The Last Jedi, which is scheduled for a December 2017 release, will remain unchanged even in the wake of original cast member Carrie Fisher’s death.
“We had to deal with tragedy at the end of 2016. Carrie appears throughout VIII. We are not changing VIII to deal with her passing. Her performance remains as it is in VIII,” he shared.
Despite using CG to bring back a youthful Carrie Fisher for the ending of the 2016 prequel, Rogue One, he also firmly stated that this would not be the case for the upcoming eighth installment.
But for the fans still burning with questions for everyone’s favorite Star Wars “scoundrel”, the executive did also drop a few new details about the upcoming Han Solo anthology film. He revealed the movie would see Han Solo in the rogue six years between 18 and 24 years old.
Though Disney has remained tight-lipped about plot details, Iger let it slip that the movie would see to Han Solo and Chewbacca’s meeting and the introduction to the iconic Millennium Falcon.
With the franchise only getting bigger and better, there’s a lot to look forward to. I’ll be seeing you all in theatres this December to watch Episode VIII!