President of Lucasfilm, Kathleen Kennedy, announced at the Disney Investors Day presentation that the next Star Wars film on the slate will be Rogue Squadron, which will be directed by Patty Jenkins.
Star Wars: Rogue Squadron will introduce a new generation of starfighter pilots as they earn their wings and risk their lives in a boundary-pushing, high-speed thrill-ride, and move the saga into the future era of the galaxy.
Patty Jenkins (director of Monster, Wonder Woman and its sequel Wonder Woman 1984) released a video via social media confirming the announcement, saying:
It’s been a lifelong dream as a filmmaker to one day make a great fighter pilot film. As the daughter of a great fighter pilot myself, some of the best memories of my life are of seeing my father’s squadron take off in their F4s every morning, and hearing and feeling the awe-inspiring power and grace. When he passed away in service to this country it ignited a burning desire to one day channel all of those emotions into one great film. When the perfect story arrived in combination with another true love of mine, the incomparable world of Star Wars, I knew I’d finally found my next film. I’m extremely honoured and excited to take it on, and grateful to Lucasfilm, Disney, and the fans for extending that thrill to me.
It’ll be interesting to see where in the timeline this will be set, will it be during one of the periods of the Skywalker Saga (the newest trilogy if any) or be set beyond that as its own thing? But it definitely has my attention by having Patty Jenkins in the directors chair.
Star Wars: Rogue Squadron is currently scheduled for cinematic release in 2023.