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Disney's Star Wars movies to roll out from 2015

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Story by Jack Foley

DISNEY’S Star Wars movies have been given release dates – and they’re coming thick and fast.

Just six months after announcing the $4.05 billion LucasFilm acquisition, Walt Disney Co chairman Alan Horn said that the next three Star Wars films are heading for cinemas in 2015, 2017 and 2019.

Speaking at the annual movie theatre convention CinemaCon in Las Vegas, he also said the main three films in the new trilogy would alternate between new episodes in the space saga and spin-off character films – meaning there will also be one a year from 2015.

As previously announced, Star Trek director JJ Abrams will begin the new cycle of movies with Episode VII, from a script by Little Miss Sunshine writer Michael Arndt.

It is also rumoured that the first stand-alone film could focus on Jedi master Yoda. Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg are writing the scripts.

Kasdan worked on the scripts of The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, while Kinberg is best known for his work on X-Men: The Last Stand and Guy Ritchie’s reboot of Sherlock Holmes, starring Robert Downey Jr.

Horn did not elaborate as to when the spin-offs would be released or which characters they would involve but he did describe LuscasFilm as “perfect for the family imprimatur” of Disney.

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