Report: Rey Skywalker Project with Daisy Ridley Is “Farthest Along” as Lucasfilm and Disney Keep December 2025 Date for Next Star Wars Film Open

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Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy announced that three new live-action Star Wars films are on the way during Star Wars Celebration Europe 2023, and one of them, a feature about Rey building a new Jedi Order years after the events of 2019’s Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker, will probably be the first to be released in theaters, sources with The Hollywood Reporter have suggested. According to the publication’s sources, the new Rey project, which will star Daisy Ridley, is the “farthest along,” while the Mandalorian and Jedi prequel films, which are being helmed by Dave Filoni and James Mangold, respectively, are likely to come later due to scheduling and other reasons. The new Star Wars movie with Rey is expected to release on December 2025, as that date has already been reserved by Disney for a Star Wars film and remains open.

From The Hollywood Reporter:

[…] there is still a December 2025 date kept open for an unspecified Star Wars movie, which in theory could be one of these titles. A source tells The Hollywood Reporter that Lucasfilm would ideally like to return to theaters with the Rey-focused film and follow that a year later with the Filoni movie, although nothing is set due to the timetables of the Disney+ Mandalorian universe shows.

James Mangold’s feature, one set in the far past of the Star Wars Universe, would ideally be tackled after the filmmaker makes his Bob Dylan biopic for Paramount (shooting is expected to begin this summer).

Filoni’s feature depends on the machinery of the interlocking TV series and will factor in timelines of a fourth season of Mandalorian and a possible second season of Ahsoka. The latter is not a given and would depend on the performance of the first season, which debuts in August.

[…] Mangold’s project, a biblical epic about the origins of the Force set 25,000 years before any of the current movies, [is] the one that really pushes the boundaries of what a Star Wars movie could be. (Its logline: “Telling the tale of the first Jedi to wield the Force and harness it as a liberating power in an era of chaos and oppression.”)

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