This article was originally published on 4/7/23. 

Star Wars Celebration 2023 continued to deliver on the exciting news front with the announcement of three projects set in a galaxy far, far away. Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy took to the stage to share these developments with eager fans on Friday, April 7, 2023, at the ExCeL London, during the studio’s showcase. 

So, who will be at the helm for three new Star Wars movies? None other than Dave Filoni, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and James Mangold

Mangold’s flick will explore the beginning of the Jedi. We’ll see the first Jedi who wields the Force in what’s described as a “biblical epic.” This falls into the “Dawn of the Jedi” era. Filoni’s project will tie in with The Mandalorian, Ahsoka and The Book of Boba Fett as it delves into the conflict between the New Republic and Imperial forces. Empire adds a bit more context here: 

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“It’ll continue to flesh out the time between Return Of The Jedi and The Force Awakens – though it’s currently unknown whether it’ll mark a final chapter in the wider “Mando-verse” story, or whether Filoni and Jon Favreau’s epic yarn will continue beyond the big-screen tale.”

Finally, Obaid-Chinoy’s film takes place 15 years after the events in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. It sits in the “New Jedi Order” era and will zero in on establishing a new crop of Force-wielding Jedi. And — hold onto your butts — Daisy Ridley will lead the charge, returning to this vast galaxy as Rey. 

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Kennedy also unveiled a game plan for the franchise’s cinematic universe. As you can see in the tweet below from Empire, the photo shows the following eras we’ll visit: Dawn of the Jedi, The Old Republic, The High Republic, Fall of the Jedi, Reign of the Empire, Age of Rebellion, The New Republic, Rise of the First Order and New Jedi Order. 

Now, there’s no telling when these films will premiere or if they’ll make it to the big screen. Empire reveals a “December 2025 release window,” but again, whether that comes to fruition remains to be seen. 

What are your thoughts on the proposed three movies from these filmmakers? How do you feel about Daisy Ridley’s return? Do you think this cinematic plan is The Way? Sound off in the comments below! 

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