Well, Star Wars movies will be taking a three year break from theaters after the release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker this December, and that kind of sucks.

The news comes via a Disney press release detailing the future rollout of Star Wars and Avatar films. Basically, after Rise opens this December, we will not see another Star Wars movie until December of 2022. And when that one drops, which is still unnamed, but it’s more than likely the first film in Rian’s or the Game of Thrones duo’s trilogies, we won’t see the next one until 2024, with the final hitting in 2026.

To offset the non-Star-Wars years, Disney will be rolling out new Avatar movies, so I guess all hope shouldn’t be lost for sci-fi geeks. The release cadence will go something like this:

  • The Rise of Skywalker December 2019
  • Open 2020
  • Avatar 2 December 2021
  • New Star Wars December 2022
  • Avatar 3 December 2023
  • New Star Wars 2 December 2024
  • Avatar 4 December 2025
  • New Star Wars 3 December 2026
  • Avatar 5 December 2027

You can check out the key parts of the press release below:

“The updated calendar also sets release dates for major franchises Avatar and Star Wars. With Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker bringing the original Skywalker Saga to its conclusion, three new as-yet-untitled Star Wars films will release on the pre-Christmas weekend every other year beginning in 2022. Four forthcoming Avatar films, expanding the vibrant world of Pandora, will release on the pre-Christmas weekend every other year beginning in 2021.”

Nick and I will surely be lamenting this on the next episode of SWT, so get subbed up and stay tuned.

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Matt is literally from a galaxy that is far, far away. Star Wars has consumed his life, and made him the geek that he is. He's no fan of the Prequels, but still loves the Maker. When he's not recording his unstable takes for the Star Wars Time podcast, he's either working on EntertainmentBuddha.com, taking pictures of Star Wars toys, or trying to legitimately wield the Force.