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"We’re extremely excited about these...we're going to be calling them Anthology films."
Kiri Hart[src]

The Star Wars Anthology Series[6] is the banner title for a series of upcoming stand-alone Star Wars films, beginning with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story in December 2016. It was first announced at Celebration Anaheim on April 19, 2015.[1]



"It's certainly exciting as a filmmaker, the notion that we can explore these stories that genuinely have a beginning, middle and an end, and don't necessarily have to tie into something specific."
Kathleen Kennedy[src]


In April 2012, five months before Lucasfilm Ltd. was sold to The Walt Disney Company, Star Wars creator George Lucas and producer Kathleen Kennedy sat to talk about the future of Star Wars. In one of their conversations, Lucas told Kennedy that he was planning to retire from blockbuster films and was going to focus on smaller and independently budgeted features, but he told her about the possibility of making more films centered in various characters from the Star Wars universe.[8] Screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan was originally hired to write a Han Solo-centric film, but after Disney purchased Lucasfilm, he turned his attention on Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens, as he wasn't sure if Lucasfilm still wanted to do that movie.[9]

After the Disney deal

News that the Disney-Lucasfilm brand was developing several theatrical pictures separate from the core, episodic Star Wars saga was reported in 2013, with Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg slated to write their own individual spinoff films.[10] While director Gareth Edwards' then-untitled Rogue One project was announced in 2014 as the first of these standalone features,[11] it was not until the following year on April 19 at Celebration Anaheim that the announcement was made that the spinoff films would collectively be known as the Star Wars Anthology Series.[1]

Josh Trank signed on to direct an Anthology film in 2014 but left the project after a year to pursue other opportunities.[12]

On July 7, 2015, Lawrence Kasdan's Anthology film was given a release date of May 25, 2018, with Christopher Miller and Phil Lord attached to direct, and Kasdan's son Jon Kasdan contributing to the script as well. The film will follow the story of a young Han Solo.[3] On June 20 2017, it was announced that Lord and Miller were stepping away from the project.[13] on June 22, it was announced Ron Howard would assume directorial duties on the film.[2]

Future possibilities

In July 2015, director Guillermo del Toro, who was at one point considered to direct Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens, commented that he pitched an idea for a film about Jabba Desilijic Tiure,[14] and in 2017, it was reported that the idea was one of the many projects considered by Lucasfilm Ltd.[15][16] In August 2017, several sources rumored that a film focusing on Obi-Wan Kenobi was in development, with Stephen Daldry in negotiations to direct it and with Ewan McGregor potentially reprising his role. It was also reported that Lucasfilm was considering various spin-off films focused on many beloved Star Wars characters like Boba Fett or Master Yoda.[17][18]


Notes and references

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 SWCustom-2011 SWCA: Conversations with Gareth Edwards Panel Liveblog on
  2. 2.0 2.1 SWCustom-2011 Ron Howard to Assume Directorial Duties on the Untitled Han Solo Film on
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 SWCustom-2011 Christopher Miller and Phil Lord to Helm Han Solo Anthology Film on
  4. Michael Giacchino Replaces Alexandre Desplat For 'Rogue One' Score. Heroic Hollywood (September 15, 2016). Retrieved on September 15, 2016.
  5. SWYTlogo Han Solo Movie Composer REVEALED, New Star Wars: The Last Jedi Books, and SDCC! on the official Star Wars YouTube Channel
  6. SWCustom-2011 Rogue One Details Revealed at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim on
  7. Pulver, Andrew (2016-22-09). Disney confirms Star Wars anthology movie for 2020. The Guardian. "Disney chief executive Bob Iger has confirmed that another entry in the Star Wars series of stand-alone "anthology" movies is set for release in 2020."
  8. Sciretta, Peter (December 17, 2015). Interview : Lucasfilm Head Kathleen Kennedy Talks About The Future of ‘Star Wars’. /Film. Retrieved on February 13, 2018.
  9. Evangelista, Chris (February 12, 2018). Han Solo Movie Was in Development With George Lucas and Lawrence Kasdan Before Disney Bought Lucasfilm. /Film. Retrieved on February 13, 2018.
  10. SWCustom-2011 New Spinoff Films Set to Expand the Star Wars Galaxy on
  11. SWCustom-2011 Gareth Edwards and Gary Whitta Onboard for Star Wars Stand-Alone Film on (backup link)
  12. SWCustom-2011 Josh Trank Departs Star Wars Anthology Film on
  13. SWCustom-2011 A Message from Lucasfilm Regarding the Untitled Han Solo Film on
  14. Marnell, Blair (July 13, 2015). Guillermo Del Toro Wants to Make Star Wars: Jabba the Hutt Origin Film. Nerdist. Retrieved on August 21, 2017.
  15. Hood, Cooper (August 18, 2017). Star Wars: Jabba the Hutt Spinoff Being Considered By Lucasfilm. Screen Rant. Retrieved on August 21, 2017.
  16. Chavez, Danette (August 18, 2017). You will soon learn to appreciate the Jabba the Hutt spin-off in development. A.V. Club. Retrieved on August 21, 2017.
  17. Kit, Borys (August 17, 2017). 'Star Wars' Obi-Wan Kenobi Film in the Works (Exclusive). The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved on August 17, 2017.
  18. Kroll, Justin (August 17, 2017). 'Star Wars' Obi-Wan Kenobi Movie in Early Development at Disney. Variety. Retrieved on August 17, 2017.
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