‘Star Wars’ New Release Calendar Adds Two Films in 2026, Removes December 2025 Date

‘Star Wars’ New Release Calendar Adds Two Films in 2026, Removes December 2025 Date
Video star wars 2025

Disney has announced that they will no longer be releasing a Star Wars film on December 19, 2025. Instead, they are planning on releasing two feature films in 2026, seven months apart, on May 22, 2026, and December 18, 2026.

The first film on that list will come out just three weeks after Avengers: The Kang Dynasty is released in theaters (Disney has also moved around Marvel’s release calendar). The company has not announced which movies will come out on each date. However, the most likely scenario is that this is the Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy-directed film they were targeting for 2025 and that due to the writers’ strike, they had to press Pause on for the moment. Meanwhile, the December date is likely the Dave Filoni-directed film that will culminate the overarching story told in The Mandalorian and spin-off shows during the New Republic era.

There is a third Star Wars theatrical release marked on the calendar on December 17, 2027, which as far as we know, hasn’t been moved. Given recent production updates, it’s likely this is the James Mangold-written-and-directed film. There are two more Star Wars films that we know are in development, one written and directed by Taika Waititi and another by Shawn Levy. Waititi said recently that he was in the middle of the writing process and a report by Deadline stated that he was targeting a 2024 production start. Meanwhile, Shawn Levy is waiting to finish Deadpool 3 to start working on Star Wars. (The Ryan Reynolds-led Marvel film just was pushed up to May 2024 from November 2024, which means the filmmaker could start working on Star Wars sooner than we thought.)

  Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger is the 3rd-highest-paid player in NFL history
Star Wars Celebration
Daisy Ridley steps out on stage at Star Wars Celebration 2023 to announce she will be back as Rey in an upcoming film directed by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy.

There are a lot of dates floated around here, so let’s make a quick breakdown of what the next Star Wars films will look like on the calendar:

May 2026

5/1: Avengers: The Kang Dynasty

5/22: Untitled Star Wars film (likely: New Jedi Order movie)

December 2026

12/18: Untitled Star Wars film (likely: Mandalorian culmination event)

December 2027

12/17: Untitled Star Wars film (likely: Dawn of the Jedi movie)

Star Wars Celebration 2023
LONDON, ENGLAND – APRIL 07: (L-R) Daisy Ridley, Kathleen Kennedy and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy attend the studio panel at Star Wars Celebration 2023 attends the studio panel at Star Wars Celebration 2023 in London at ExCel on April 07, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Jeff Spicer/Getty Images for Disney)

The December 2026 date was previously held by the yet-untitled Avatar 4. That film has now been delayed three years to December 2029 (yes, that is as dizzying to read as it is to write). Marvel has also reshuffled its release schedule for next year and beyond, but we covered that on our sister site MovieNewsNet.com.

For now, there are a few things to take away from this announcement. First, it looks like Lucasfilm is keen on waiting as long as they need to have a solid script for their return to theaters. A scoop by Jeff Sneider earlier this year stated that Kathleen Kennedy’s job security depended on whether or not she could have a movie open in December 2025. Whether Disney has cut her some slack because of the strike, or Kennedy decided it was best to push it regardless, we don’t know yet.

But this is also a situation we’ve been in before. The May 2026 date is going up against an Avengers movie, much like Solo was released a month after Infinity War back in May 2018. It’s not a matter of Star Wars eating up Avengers’ money, but rather that last time Disney focused their entire marketing money to promote Marvel’s big culmination event and we hope history will not be repeating itself again. (The truth is that given how unstable Marvel Studios is at the moment, even The Kang Dynasty could be pushed into 2027.)

  VIN Check By State