Rian Johnson To Helm New Star Wars Trilogy!

Amidst the news of a new live-action TV series on the Disney streaming service, Lucasfilm also released a little information that Rian Johnson will direct a new Star Wars trilogy!

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From Starwars.com:

For director Rian Johnson, Star Wars: The Last Jedi was just the beginning of his journey in a galaxy far, far away.

Lucasfilm is excited to announce that Johnson will create a brand-new Star Wars trilogy, the first of which he is also set to write and direct, with longtime collaborator Ram Bergman onboard to produce. 

As writer-director of The Last Jedi, Johnson conceived and realized a powerful film of which Lucasfilm and Disney are immensely proud. In shepherding this new trilogy, which is separate from the episodic Skywalker saga, Johnson will introduce new characters from a corner of the galaxy that Star Wars lore has never before explored.

“We all loved working with Rian on The Last Jedi,” said Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm. “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.”

“We had the time of our lives collaborating with Lucasfilm and Disney on The Last Jedi,” Johnson and Bergman said in a joint statement. “Star Wars is the greatest modern mythology and we feel very lucky to have contributed to it. We can’t wait to continue with this new series of films.” 

Johnson’s upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi arrives in U.S. theaters on Dec. 15, 2017.

No release dates have been set for the new films, and no porgs were available for comment.

This is great news, especially since Rian Johnson is a favorite among fans for the new ideas and directions he’s taking with the Star Wars sequel trilogy. Now, whether the new trilogy will be a sequel, prequel or spinoff has yet to be confirmed, however I am eagerly awaiting anything Rian does, although this bit of text from above is interesting:

“…Johnson will introduce new characters from a corner of the galaxy that Star Wars lore has never before explored.”

So this could literally mean anything but it certainly does mean we will be getting new characters and plots, and knowing Lucasfilm, we will definitely see some familiar faces to flesh out the Star Wars galaxy.

Rian Johnson’s first entry, The Last Jedi will smash into theaters this December 15.

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