More stories from a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away!
A whole NEW trilogy? You’ve got to be kidding me, right?
Actually, no! The Last Jedi isn’t even out, and director Rian Johnson has THREE more Star Wars movies in the bag!
Don’t believe me? It’s official: On November 9, Thursday, Lucasfilm made an announcement that Johnson will be in charge of a completely new Star Wars trilogy which will star original characters, as MTV reported. Keywords: completely, new, trilogy.
Surprise doesn’t do this news justice. Of course, Lucasfilm would want to continue its collaboration with Johnson, a talented filmmaker who’s been on friendly terms with the studio. The news is also especially important considering the spat of “creative differences” that Lucasfilm experienced with directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller (Solo: A Star Wars Story), Josh Trank (who was set to direct the untitled Boba Fett spinoff), and Colin Trevorrow (Star Wars: Episode IX).
The real shocker here is that Star Wars is now finally ready to break away from the beloved saga of the Skywalkers.
Rian Johnson on the set of Star Wars: The Last Jedi
According to Lucasfilm, the films of the newly announced trilogy will be “separate from the episodic Skywalker saga” and will introduce many new characters. Broadening the scope of the franchise, the stories will explore parts of the galaxy previously ignored in Star Wars.
Ahem, it is also not clear if this new trilogy will feature porgs — the adorable, tiny alien creatures introduced in The Last Jedi — but hope dies last. After all, they are director Johnson’s legacy, so he may decide to keep them after all.
Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm, also made a comment: “We all loved working with Rian on The Last Jedi.”
“He’s a creative force, and watching him craft The Last Jedi from start to finish was one of the great joys of my career. Rian will do amazing things with the blank canvas of this new trilogy,” she concluded.
Meanwhile, Johnson made an appearance on social media to comment on the news:
Obviously I hope you like The Last Jedi. But man now I REALLY hope you like The Last Jedi.
— Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) November 9, 2017
In case you wondered why Johnson wasn’t considered to take over Episode IX after Trevorrow’s abrupt exit in September, this provides an answer. Instead, that honor was bestowed upon J.J. Abrams, who directed the franchise reboot with Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 2015.
But, my excitement is through the Millenium Falcon’s roof! A new trilogy taking place a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away? The possibilities are truly infinite. Just like space.
The Last Jedi comes out of hyperspace and straight to theaters on December 15.