Disney and Lucasfilm started a whole new Star Wars continuity in 2014, and the sprawling canon now consists of so many multimedia entries, it’s hard to keep track of everything. Thanks to the Lucasfilm Story Group, who helps maintain continuity through every new chapter of the Star Wars mythos, each release does, indeed, help to build upon the overarching saga, filling in the gaps between the 11 films or expounding upon the backstories of the major characters.
Thanks to these additional stories, audiences have learned things like how Princess Leia Organa first joined the Rebel Alliance and, decades later, started up the Resistance or how the Dark Lords of the Sith can leave traces of their personalities behind – and the canon is only getting started, with many more years’ worth of tales yet to tell.
This extensive catalog of the various Star Wars releases will continue to be updated on a regular basis, but it should be noted that it focuses exclusively on the narrative components of the continuity (that is, stories that expand upon the franchise’s mythology) as opposed to the more supplemental items (such as technical manuals or art books).
Star Wars Films
• Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker – December 20, 2019
The last installment of the Skywalker saga formally ends one era of Star Wars while (presumably) setting the stage for the next. Expect to see Emperor Sheev Palpatine and, just perhaps, Darth Vader’s helmet play a major, if not necessarily predominant, role.
• Untitled Star Wars film 1 – December 16, 2022
After taking a three-year break from movie theaters, the galaxy far, far away makes its triumphant return to the large screen with an unknown film that may or may not be the first installment of a trilogy. There are two possibilities as to what this mysterious film could be, which will be explored in just a moment.
• Untitled Star Wars film 2 – December 20, 2024
• Untitled Star Wars film 3 – December 18, 2026
• Untitled Rian Johnson trilogy – TBA
The writer-director of Star Wars: The Last Jedi was hired to helm (which is to say, write and produce if not necessarily to direct) his own trilogy of movies even before his installment of the Skywalker saga released. No hard information has been offered up since, which has made even the filmmaker himself unsure of his project’s status.
• Untitled Kevin Feige film – TBA
The head honcho of the Marvel Cinematic Universe – and, now, the chief creative officer of Marvel Entertainment – is the latest major player to be charged with realizing a Star Wars spinoff story. It’s a natural fit, given both the producer’s lifelong love of the franchise and his beyond-proven track record of delivering at the box office. (Although, it must be noted, it is highly unlikely that Feige’s film will be the one releasing in 2022.)
Star Wars Television Series
• Star Wars: Resistance, season 2 – October 6, 2019-spring 2020
The third television series (no offense to the webisode Forces of Destiny) set in George Lucas’s galaxy is also the shortest-lived yet – it goes off the air after just two seasons (and at least a dozen accompanying shorts). During that time, however, it has managed to set the narrative stage for the sequel trilogy, with a run that started six months before The Force Awakens and will end shortly before The Rise of Skywalker.
• The Mandalorian, season 1 – November 12-December 27, 2019
The first live-action Star Wars TV show also doubles as the flagship property of Disney+. With Jon Favreau as showrunner and starring a formidable cast (including Pedro Pascal as the eponymous character), The Mandalorian starts five years after the original trilogy, which places it two-and-a-half decades before the sequels – although it still helps sow the seeds that will eventually grow into the First Order.
A second season has already been picked up, which will presumably air in the fall of 2020.
• The Clone Wars, season 7 – February 2020
The Clone Wars was pulled off the air before reaching a conclusion; Disney yanked the plug shortly after buying Lucasfilm, not wanting its brand-new crown jewel to fill the coffers of a rival studio (in this case, Warner Bros., which owns the show’s original home, Cartoon Network). Six years afterwards, however, the Mouse House was only too happy to revisit Clone Wars in order to help burnish Disney+’s bona fides – and to finally deliver to audiences the long-teased final episode, which sees ex-Padawan Learner Ahsoka Tano oversee the siege of Mandalore.
• Untitled Cassian Andor Series – TBA
Just as with the Disney+ Marvel Cinematic Universe productions, which consist of a slew of miniseries starring the various characters from the movies, Star Wars also sees at least two such big-screen carryovers. The first features both Cassian Andor and K-2SO from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and will take place three years before that movie.
• Untitled Obi-Wan Kenobi Series – TBA
The second of the Disney+ miniseries, this outing stars Ewan McGregor as Ben Kenobi seven years into his stint as a hermit on Tatooine, remotely watching over young Luke Skywalker. If that premise sounds a bit on the sleepy side, don’t worry – there’s actually plenty Kenobi was up to during his supposed downtime.
Star Wars Novels
• Resistance Reborn – November 5, 2019
The first adult-novel installment of the “Journey to The Rise of Skywalker” publishing program follows General Leia Organa, Rey, Finn, Poe Dameron, and the other surviving Resistance members as they attempt to rebuild their broken freedom movement after the disastrous Battle of Crait in The Last Jedi.
• Force Collector – November 19, 2019
This young-adult novel may also be part of “Journey to The Rise of Skywalker,” but it’s actually set before The Force Awakens. Karr, a “restless teenager,” has visions when he touches various objects, and this leads him on a path of discovery of just who and what the Jedi were – and it also leads him to relive a famous scene aboard the Millennium Falcon, when Ben Kenobi first teaches Luke Skywalker how to wield a lightsaber.
• Thrawn: The Ascendancy Trilogy 1 – May 7, 2020
Having concluded his first trilogy starring the famous blue-skinned grand admiral that (largely) took place during Rebels (the TV series that Thrawn featured heavily in), author Timothy Zahn now moves his narrative focus to before that show and, even, before Mitth’raw’nuruodo joined the Empire. The Ascendancy Trilogy explores the character’s origins within his native Chiss Ascendancy – a still-mostly-mysterious superpower that is engaged in a series of similarly mysterious power struggles with other players in the Unknown Regions.
(Zahn was unable to pick up Admiral Thrawn’s story after both Rebels and his first wave of books because it is the purview of the TV department, which may or may not use it in future small-screen productions.)
• Shadow Fall – June 30, 2020
This is the second installment of the Alphabet Squadron trilogy, which is set in the early months after Return of the Jedi and which follows the New Republic’s titular squadron of various starfighters as it takes on the Empire’s most elite fighter wing, nicknamed Shadow Wing.
Star Wars Audiobooks
On April 30, 2019, Lucasfilm added a brand-new medium to the Star Wars canon: original audiobooks (as opposed to audio adaptations of published texts). Dooku: Jedi Lost, the company promised, was only the beginning, with more original audio dramas said to be on the way – eventually.
(If you prefer to keep your Star Wars stories on the page, a script-book version of Jedi Lost was made available on October 1, 2019.)
Star Wars Comic Books
• Allegiance #4 – October 30, 2019
Every one of the Star Wars sequels has gotten a comic book miniseries to serve as a lead-in, and this is precisely what the four-issue Allegiance does for The Rise of Skywalker. Set not too long after The Last Jedi, and just a few months before the time-bubble Disney's Galaxy’s Edge theme-park exists in, readers get to see how General Leia Organa, Rey, and Rose Tico start to cobble together a new fleet of ships while Finn and Poe Dameron go on a problem-plagued weapons run – paving the way for the battles to come.
• Star Wars Adventures (#27 [October 30, 2019], #28 [November 27], #29 [December 11])
The all-ages, anthology Star Wars comic series becomes part of the “Journey to The Rise of Skywalker” publishing umbrella, telling a three-part story that follows Chewbacca defending his homeworld of Kashyyyk from invading First Order forces (and a three-part backup narrative that features the droid trio of C-3PO, R2-D2, and BB-8 on a spy mission for the Resistance).
• Star Wars Adventures: Return to Vader’s Castle #5 – October 30, 2019
This five-issue miniseries serves as exactly what its title implies: a sequel to last year’s Tales from Vader’s Castle, a Halloween-centric offshoot from Star Wars Adventures. Spooky tales about Darth Maul, Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin, Asajj Ventress, Jabba the Hutt, and Darth Vader himself are told by and to various characters that find themselves populating the Sith Lord’s fortress on Mustafar, helping readers get into the spirit of the season.
• Star Wars (#74 [November 6, 2019], #75 [November 20])
The flagship title of the modern Marvel Comics lineup, Star Wars’s almost-five-year run comes to a close in November, filling in the three-year gap in between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back. As the Rebel Alliance attempts to set up base on the distant planet of Hoth, Luke, Leia, Han, Chewbacca, and C-3PO find themselves splitting up to take on a number of diversionary or counter-offensive missions against the Galactic Empire.
• Doctor Aphra (annual #3 [October 30, 2019], #38 [November 6], #39 [November 27], #40 [December 4])
Doctor Aphra has served as the sister title to the main Star Wars comic for the past three years, although the two series have only occasionally crossed over. The damaged, self-centered, yet-still-sympathetic-and-possibly-redeemable Chelli Lona Aphra originated from other comics before getting bestowed her own monthly, and she has, in turn, helped to fill in some more of the backstory canvas of the franchise, involving such characters as Hera Syndulla, Dr. Evazan, and the background player of Tam Posla from Rogue One.
But just as the companion book draws to a close, so, too, does Aphra, leaving the fate of one of the most popular characters from the canon something of a mystery (although we already know she survives the events of Empire Strikes Back and will be back for more adventures).
• Target Vader (#5 [November 13, 2019], #6 [December 11])
After having gotten quickly canonized in a comic miniseries tie-in to Solo: A Star Wars Story, Beilert Valance gets to shine in his very own six-issue mini. This sort-of superpowered cyborg (yes, that’s an accurate description of this Legends carryover from the ‘70s) has exited Imperial military service and is now a hardened bounty hunter who is only too happy to take on the most challenging mission of his career to date: assassinate none other than Darth Vader.
• Jedi: Fallen Order – Dark Temple (#4 [November 20, 2019], #5 [December 4])
This prequel miniseries to the video game Star Wars: Jedi – Fallen Order tells a split narrative on the remote planet of Ontotho, following a young Padawan and her master during the time of the prequels and, years later, a Sith Inquisitor retracing their footsteps.
• Empire Ascendant – December 18, 2019
This one-shot comic book takes the narratives from the mainline Star Wars monthly, Doctor Aphra, and, even, Target Vader and helps to resolve them – while simultaneously linking them, at long last, to the events of The Empire Strikes Back.
• The Rise of Kylo Ren – December 18, 2019-spring 2020
• Star Wars (Vol. II) (#1 [January 1, 2020] and onward)
Marvel’s second volume of Star Wars moves the action forward to the one-year time period between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.
• Darth Vader (Vol. III) (#1 [February 2020] and onward)
Just as the first Star Wars comic launched almost simultaneously with a Darth Vader sister series, this next iteration does the same, similarly helping to fill in the storytelling holes from the Dark Lord of the Sith’s perspective.
• Doctor Aphra (Vol. II) (#1 [April 2020] and onward)
Doctor Chelli Lona Aphra returns to fill out the trio of monthlies bridging the one-year gap leading into Return of the Jedi.
Star Wars Video Games
• Jedi: Fallen Order – November 15, 2019
Developed by Respawn Entertainment and published by Electronic Arts, the latest canon Star Wars video game has a tight focus on combat and Metroidvania level design. Its story revolves around ex-Padawan Learner Cal Kestis, five years after the Jedi Purge in Revenge of the Sith, who comes to be exposed and hunted by the Sith Inquisitors.
Star Wars Theme-Park Attractions
• Rise of the Resistance (December 5, 2019 [Walt Disney World Resort], January 17, 2020 [Disneyland Resort])
Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, the new theme-park land, debuted this summer at Disney's resorts in both Anaheim, California and Orlando, Florida without its star attraction. Rise of the Resistance puts riders right in the midst of the Battle of Batuu, when Poe Dameron, Rey, and their cohorts go toe-to-toe with Supreme Leader Kylo Ren in the skies above the ancient trading-port planet. (Rise is also the most advanced ride Disney has ever made in its six-decade-plus history of theme-park design.)
- Star Wars 9 / Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) release date: Dec 20, 2019