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Disney announces new ‘Star Wars’ films, bumps ‘Avatar’ sequels

Chris Pastrick
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Daisy Ridley as Rey in a scene from “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.”

Disney released a revised lineup for its coming slate of films, and among those are three new “Star Wars” films.

The movies — not yet titled and not yet with a revealed storyline — will be released in 2022, 24, and 26.

“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” the final film in the original saga, will hit theaters Dec. 20 of this year. The new films are slated to hit Dec. 16, 2022, Dec. 12, 2024, and Dec. 18, 2026. Although those dates can — and likely will — change between now and then.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Rian Johnson — director of “The Last Jedi” — is penning a Star Wars trilogy, as are “Game of Thrones” showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.

At the latest Star Wars Celebration event last month in Chicago, Lucasfilm chief Kathleen Kennedy told the Hollywood Reporter about future plans for the franchise.

“We are looking at the next saga. We are not just looking at another trilogy, we’re really looking at the next 10 years or more,” Kennedy said.

In other Disney news, the planned sequels to James Cameron’s blockbuster “Avatar” have been bumped back — now with release dates of “Avatar 2” (Dec. 17, 2021), “Avatar 3” (Dec. 22, 2023), “Avatar 4” (Dec. 19, 2025), and “Avatar 5” (Dec. 17, 2027).

Chris Pastrick is a Tribune-Review digital producer. You can contact Chris at 412-320-7898, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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