Details about the newly announced Star Wars movie

Brenda Watkins
February 25, 2020

The Hollywood Reporter and Deadline both reported Friday that Dillard is developing a new "Star Wars" movie with "Luke Cage" and "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." writer Matt Owens. That includes whether Dillard would direct the film, or whether the project would premiere in theatres or on Disney Plus.

J.D. (born Justin) used to don the stormtrooper uniform to celebrate Star Wars Day, and he's particularly enamored with the Mandalorian bounty hunter Boba Fett.

On the horizon Star Wars-wise for Disney+ is the second season of Mandalorian in October, the Rogue One character streaming series with Diego Luna's Cassian Andor and the Ewan McGregor's Obi-Wan Kenobi series. Reportedly the project will take place on the hidden Sith planet of Exegol, which was introduced in last December's Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Adding original movies into that mix would certainly open the door for Disney to mine a whole galaxy of possibilities for solo movies and other smaller-scale stories without the weight of expectation surrounding every theatrical Star Wars release.

Kevin Feige is also developing a "Star Wars" movie, and screenwriter Laeta Kalogridis ("Avatar", "Shutter Island") is reportedly writing a feature for Lucasfilm based on the beloved video game series "Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic".

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Although TV is the priority, Disney isn't skimping on films either, with a number of feature films on the agenda in the coming years.

The Sundance Audience Award nominee clearly has a respect and love for the Star Wars universe, having collected the Return of the Jedi action figures as child.

So far, upcoming "Star Wars" films on the docket are dated for December 16, 2022, with further installments set for December 2024 and December 2026, though the nature of those projects - and whether the latest from Dillard and Owens is one of them - hasn't been announced.

On the Disney Plus side, at least, things are much more firm.

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