40 years ago, Star Wars entered theaters, mere months after the story of the Rebel Alliance and the Galactic Empire hit shelves in the form of novelizations and comic books. Since then, there have been four sequels, three prequels, a spin-off “anthology” film, two spin-off films featuring talking teddy bears, and several cartoons, video games, novels, comics and audio plays. But what’s coming next in 2017, the anniversary year? Here’s the round up:
REBELS will end! – It has been announced that the upcoming fourth season of Star Wars: Rebels will end the series. The show might’ve been a bit slow to start, but has come to be widely enjoyed by many fans, and its recent episode “Twin Suns” is truly award-worthy material. But the show is now getting too close in the timeline to when Luke Skywalker and Ben Kenobi are fated to meet, so it’s time to wrap things up. Be sure to catch the final season on Disney XD this fall, and go catch up on the previous seasons if you haven’t already!
Forces of Destiny – Spinning off from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, this series of cartoon shorts (yes, they’re canon) will feature some of the heroic women of the mythos, such as Rey, Jyn and Maz. Daisy Ridley, Felicity Jones, and Lupita Nyong’o will reprise their roles. The shorts will start airing on YouTube in July, then continue onto Disney XD.
Battlefront II – This November, the sequel to the popular Battlefront game will feature Kylo Ren, Luke Skywalker and Darth Maul all as playable characters! There will also be new characters and scenes that will provide an expanded insight on Star Wars films and battles we know so well.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Episode VIII of the Star Wars saga will hit theaters just before Christmas! Picking up just after The Force Awakens, we’ll see further adventures of Poe and Finn, along with some new faces, the ongoing saga of Kylo and Leia, and Rey’s new life under the watchful eye of Luke Skywalker. What does the title mean, though? Is it literal, implying that Luke will be the last and a new order will rise? Is Jedi meant to be singular or plural? We’ll just have to wait and see!