The End of Star Wars?


December 20, 2019 will mark the end of an era.

Anna Scanlan, Scribe Reporter

After 40 years and a saga that began in 1977, the Star Wars Skywalker storyline that defined generations will conclude at the end of the year.  On December 20th, with Star Wars: Episode IXThe Rise of Skywalker will be released nationwide. But is this really the end of the story?

Of course not! Many may think that Star Wars is over, but it is definitely not the case. We’re talking about Disney here, and the Star Wars franchise holds too much potential for Disney to abandon it. Creators have an entire fictional universe at their fingertips, and there exists an opportunity for dozens of movies.

Disney+ came out a little over a week ago, and with its release came The Mandalorian. The series takes place after the Empire falls–about 5 years after the events of Return of the Jedi–but before the rise of the First Order featured in The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi.  The series follows a bounty hunter known only as The Mandalorian as he traverses the galaxy. Two episodes are out already, and the show will continue to release chapters into the end of December. 

While we’re on the topic of Disney+, another series is in the planning process, this one focusing on a well known character–Obi wan kenobi. It takes place eight years after Revenge of the Sith. Having directed episodes of Better Call Saul, Mr. Robot, and Jessica Jones, Deborah Chow, will be leading the show. Little else is known about this series to come. 

Additionally, on the new streaming platform, in February 2020 season 7 of The Clone Wars will make a surprise comeback. Unfortunately, not much is known about the new season, but it the beloved animated series had a rabid fan base that is still eager to hear stories about the expanded characters that exist during the prequel timeline.

A Rogue One prequel addition is in the works, focusing on characters development and stories before the events of Rogue One take place. Tony Gilroy, one of the writers of Rogue One, is scheduled to write the pilot for this new series and Alan Tudyk is returning to play the role of droid K-2SO.

On the subject of upcoming movies, even less information is known. The Last Jedi director, Rian Johnson, is working on a trilogy in the Star Wars universe, but it is unclear when these movies will be released, or if they ever hit the screens. 

All in all, Star Wars is anything but over.

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