Disney's next Star Wars trilogy gets pushed back, will debut in 2023

The upcoming 'Avatar' movies are delayed too -- you know why.

Stormtroopers and guards on the deck of a Star Destroyer during Rise of the Resistance at Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge (MediaNews Group/Orange County Register via Getty Images via Getty Images)

Last year Disney set a release schedule for a new slate of Star Wars movies, but things have changed since then. With theaters closed and productions shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic, it’s pushing the planned release dates back by a full year. That means the first movie, reportedly directed by Taika Waititi, will debut on December 22nd, 2023, followed by the others in 2025 and 2027.

That’s giving fans some extra time to wait, but really it’s nothing compared to the Avatar sequels. Now owned by Disney after its acquisition of Fox, those have also been pushed back. Deadline mentions that Avatar 2 is now on the schedule for December 16th, 2022. That’s a year after it was expected, but the movie had originally been announced for release in 2014.

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