Lucasfilm has announced that Daisy Ridley is set to return as Rey in an upcoming film. During Star Wars Celebration 2023, the studio revealed that the fan-favorite character, who first appeared in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, will be revisited in a new film set 15 years after the events of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. ‘Rise of Skywalker.
Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy is lined up to direct the film, which centers on Rey, now a Jedi Master, as she trains Force beginners at a Jedi Academy.
It wasn’t the only film confirmed at Star Wars Celebration either, as Kathleen Kennedy confirmed that they would be expanding the timeline. James Mangold’s film will focus on the beginnings of the Jedi and the early discovery of the force. Dave Filoni will also direct a film featuring some of his characters from Disney Plus shows in what’s being called an “epic battle.”
The movie side of Lucasfilm’s release slate has been in limbo for a while – the last theatrical Star Wars was 2019 The Rise of Skywalker. Recently, a report from Variety (opens in a new tab) said two high-profile projects, Rogue Squadron by Patty Jenkins and a film set to be produced by Kevin Feige and written by Michael Waldron, are no longer in active development.
But, Taika Waititi’s Star Wars film continues to move forward, while The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson still wants to make his trilogy. Shawn Levy also has a film in the works, and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy will also direct a film – although the writers Damon Lindelof and Justin Britt-Gibson have reportedly left the project.
On the television side, the release list is full of new projects. Ahsoka and Visions Volume 2 is set to debut on Disney+ this year, and Skeleton Crew with Jude Law, Andor season 2, and The Acolyte are also all in the works. Jon Favreau also confirmed that he wrote The Mandalorian season 4.
You can keep up to date with the galaxy far, far away with our guide to all upcoming Star Wars movies and TV shows.