Patience is a virtue -- but one that "Star Wars" fans won't have to exercise.

Disney and LucasFilm announced today at CinemaCon in Las Vegas that they will release a new "Star Wars" movie every year starting in 2015.

That summer, the J.J. Abrams-directed "Star Wars: Episode VII" will kick off a new trilogy, featuring original stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and (most likely) Harrison Ford. From then on, the trilogy episodes will alternate with standalone movies, rumored to focus on characters like Yoda, Boba Fett, and a young Han Solo.

It's certainly a tremendous change from the 16 years fans had to wait between "Return of the Jedi" and "Phantom Menace," or even the 10-year difference between 2005's "Revenge of the Sith" and "Episode VII." Disney has turned up the dial on the "Star Wars" universe since it bought Lucasfilm from George Lucas last fall.

Details about either the new trilogy or the standalones are few and precious. With the original stars probably returning, it seems likely that the new episodes will revolve around the children of Luke, Leia, and Han.
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