Fans still have a few more months of waiting before “Star Wars: The Rise of the Skywalker” hits theaters, but Disney is already working on the next steps after closing the Skywalker saga. Disney made a small part of that journey official today, announcing that “Game of Thrones” creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss will direct the new installment.
Temper your excitement for the new film because it’s not scheduled to hit theaters until 2022. Walt Disney Company chairman, Bob Iger, confirmed the news during the MoffetNathanson Media & Communications Summit on Tuesday morning.
Iger told the crowd, “We’re hard at work already, but we felt three years was the proper amount of time to not only take a breather and reset, but to gear up for the next film’s release.” Iger named the two in the announcement adding, “We did a deal with David Benioff and D.B Weiss, who are famous for Game of Thrones, and the next movie that we release will be theirs.”
After Benioff and Weiss’ installment is released, there are two more movies scheduled to come out.
The new film is just a small part of Star Wars‘ expanding universe. Disney+ has the live-action “The Mandalorian” series in the works, as well as a series following Cassian Andor with Diego Luna and Alan Tudyk. A new season of the animated hit “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” is also launching on Disney+. During today’s announcement, Iger teased a third series could be released on Disney+, but gave no clues on its content other than another show is a possibility.
The Disney+ subscription plan will launch on November 12th domestically and will cost $69/year or $5.83/month. The subscription service will offer content from Disney, Pixar, Star Wars, Marvel Studios, The Simpsons, National Geographic, and much more.
“Star Wars: The Rise of the Skywalker” hits theaters on December 20th, directed by J.J. Abrams, and features Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Billie Lourd, and Kelly Marie Tran. The new film will add Keri Russell and Billy Dee Williams to the story as well.
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