Disney CEO Bob Iger has reportedly confirmed that Star Wars movies will go on hiatus after this year’s release of The Rise of Skywalker.
Brent Lang, Executive Editor for Variety, shared a statement from Iger on Twitter confirming an upcoming hiatus for new feature Star Wars movies. Iger did not comment on how long the hiatus will last or what this means for the release dates already secured for future Star Wars films. He did, however, mention that there will be “lots of activity on TV front” through Disney+.
Lang also dropped some other some other goodies. Apparently, Disney did a secret screening of the upcoming series The Mandalorian specifically for fan outlets. The House of Mouse has so far refused to release any screeners to the press in an effort to avoid spoilers. According to Lang, the series was received positively by the group.
Iger also revealed Disney’s approach to Star Wars and Marvel as whole. He sees the properties more than just film franchises, and wants to utilize them in other forms.
Going back to Iger’s previous comments regarding the three Star Wars TV series, it is unclear if he is including The Mandalorian in his count. Aside from The Mandalorian, Disney is also woking on an Obi-Wan series with Ewan McGregor reprising his role from the second trilogy, and an untitled series centered around Rogue One’s Cassian Andor.
Directed and co-written by J.J. Abrams, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker stars Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, Billie Lourd, Keri Russell, Anthony Daniels, Mark Hamill, Billy Dee Williams and Carrie Fisher, with Naomi Ackie and Richard E. Grant. The film arrives December 20.