John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, J.J. Abrams and Adam Driver pose for their selfie with South Korean boy band EXO during the event for fans ahead of 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' South Korea premiere. (Photo : Getty Images/Chung Sung-Jun)
It looks like the "Star Wars" saga is going to run longer than expected. Disney CEO Bob Iger recently revealed that the studio is developing at least 12 films that are slated to come out within 2017 to 2030. That's a lot of movies, considering "Star Wars" already has around eight movies in their repertoire so far.
This year, fans are getting "Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi." As reported by Den of Geek, it will be followed by a "Han Solo" standalone film, which is currently in production. "Episode IX" and another standalone movie will hit theaters sometime 2020. The standalone movie scheduled for 2020 is said to focus on Boba Fett.
The success of "Rogue One" definitely proves that there's a lot of good material outside of the main "Star Wars" storyline. The sci-fi saga's universe is filled with rich stories and subplots that can stand as a successful standalone film if developed.
Meanwhile, all eyes are on now for "The Last Jedi." Carrie Fisher's death in December 2016 left a lot of questions as to her role as Princess Leia in the "Star Wars" franchise. The actress had completed filming her role in the film and there had been talks as to whether Lucasfilm would let the character go or have her appear in future movies with the help of CGI.
The actress' brother, Todd Fisher, recently confirmed that the she will still appear as Princess Leia in the 2019 "Star Wars: Episode IX." Todd and Carrie Fisher's daughter, Billie Lourd, gave Disney the approval to use a "recent footage" of her in the ninth movie.
"Both of us were like, 'Yes, how do you take her out of it?' And the answer is you don't," Todd told the New York Daily News. "She's as much a part of it as anything and I think her presence now is even more powerful than it was, like Obi Wan--when the saber cuts him down he becomes more powerful. I feel like that's what's happened with Carrie. I think the legacy should continue."
"Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi" is expected to hit theaters on Dec. 15.