As The Force Awakens continues to break every record in the book in the weeks since its premiere, it’s clear to everyone that Star Wars is back in a big way. Many of us left the theater anxious for more, but unfortunately, we’ll have to wait until 2017 to see the continuing adventures of Rey, Finn and Poe.
But we do have another Star Wars movie to get excited about in the meantime.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re probably aware of the spinoff movies that Disney will produce in the years between the official saga films. The first is titled Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and as you might have expected, people are already champing at the bit to see it.
According to a survey conducted by online ticketing service Fandango and shared by Variety, Rogue One is the most anticipated movie of 2016. Due out on December 16th, Rogue One will focus on “a band of resistance fighters [who] unite for a daring mission to steal the Death Star plans.” It will be set between Episode III and Episode IV, but will fall closer to A New Hope than Revenge of the Sith.
As for the rest of the list, you probably won’t be surprised to see Captain America: Civil War and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but there are a few I might have forgotten to include on my list:
- Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (December 16)
- Finding Dory (June 17)
- Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (March 25)
- Untitled Jason Bourne Movie (July 29)
- Captain America: Civil War (May 6)
- Star Trek Beyond (July 22)
- Independence Day: Resurgence (June 24)
- X-Men: Apocalypse (May 27)
- Zoolander No. 2 (February 12)
- The Jungle Book (April 15)
By my count, that’s eight sequels, one remake and one spinoff.
2016: the year of Hollywood originality!