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FutureStarrStar Wars Movies in the Future
Disney+ confirmed the expansion of the small-screen Star Wars catalog when it announced plans for an animated series based on Obi-Wan Kenobi that will be followed by a live-action series set in the milieu of the early Republic. No date has been set for the premieres of the series.
How It Fits Into the Emerging Star Wars Galaxy: As this is an anthology concerned with the distinctive styles of the participating animation studios, we’re not sure how it fits or even if it will be canon. With Disney+ uploading non-canon content like the Ewoks TV movies and Genndy Tartakovsky’s 2-D Clone Wars series in recent days, there is room for Visions to ruminate on the ideas of Star Wars without being bound to the state of the galaxy or Lucasfilm’s overall plans for ongoing stories. Although, with one of the episodes inspiring author Emma Mieko Candon’s upcoming novel, Star Wars Visions: Ronin, the program may yet prove to be a vital part of Star Wars.
The sequel trilogy — 2015’s “The Force Awakens,” 2017’s “The Last Jedi” and 2019’s “The Rise of Skywalker” — wrapped up the main storyline of the Skywalker Saga. Standalone films “Rogue One” and “Solo” explored specific stories within that timeline, namely the group of Rebel spies stole the plans to the Death Star, and when a young Han Solo made the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs. Lucasfilm’s first Disney Plus series, “The Mandalorian,” refueled fans’ sense of adventure on the small screen, while animated series “Rebels” and “Resistance” explored other time periods not featured in the movies. (Source: variety.com)
The combined box office revenue of the films equates to over US$10 billion, and it is currently the second-highest-grossing film franchise. The major live-action releases (including all the films within the Skywalker Saga) were nominated for Academy Awards. The original film was nominated for most of the major categories, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Supporting Actor for Alec Guinness (who played Obi-Wan Kenobi), while all sequels have been nominated for technical categories.
Several films were also released prior to Disney's 2012 acquisition of the franchise, but these spin-offs (except the animated Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008) are no longer considered canon in the Star Wars storyline. The first spin-off film produced was the Star Wars Holiday Special (1978), released a year after the original film. In 1984 and 1985, two live-action films featuring the Ewok characters were televised in the United States and released theatrically in Europe. Several television series continuing the Star Wars canon or inspired by it have also been released. (Source: en.wikipedia.org)