So, it turns out we’re getting a brand new Star Wars trilogy from The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson. Not only that, we’re also getting a live-action TV series which will air on Disney’s streaming service in 2019. Not sure if it really needs saying but let’s say it anyway: this is exciting stuff. For (almost) everyone.
Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy, for one, is chuffed to bits about Johnson tackling the new films if her statement is anything to go by:
“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.”
And Rian Johnson himself is also presumably over the moon — and a bit nervous too judging by this Tweet:
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
You would be too with that weight of expectation on your shoulders. While this all bodes well for the forthcoming The Last Jedi, fans have been turning their attention to the new announcement.
The trilogy will focus on new characters, pulling away from the Skywalker story we’ve been so invested in over the years — and speculation is already rife about what we could be getting, with fans also sharing their feelings about the news.
Here’s a round-up of some of the best reactions…
This person shared actual footage of when Johnson broke the news early to a trusted porg actor:
— ForceCenter (@ForceCenterPod) November 9, 2017
That little guy is going to be sorted for jobs in the years to come, if these Tweets comes to fruition:
— Chris Tilly (@TillyTweets) November 9, 2017
Rian Johnson’s Star Wars Trilogy is going to be set 100 years after Episode IX and will tell the epic story of one Porg’s quest to become a Jedi and initiate a new generation of all-Porg Jedi Knights.
— Jeremy @ WonderCon (@ManaByte) November 9, 2017
— Charlie Ashby (@CMWAshby) November 9, 2017
This person wants a huge time jump:
I hope Rian Johnson's new STAR WARS trilogy is set centuries before(or after!) the current films. Explore the galaxy.
— Brett Gallman (@brettgallman) November 9, 2017
While this person wants to explore Snoke in more depth:
Could Rian Johnson’s new #StarWars trilogy be focused on the Unknown Regions? Snoke’s home? Snoke’s origins?
(I really hope it’s not a direct prequel trilogy.)
— Bill Kuchman (@billkuchman) November 9, 2017
Someone is totally out if it’s not about Obi-Wan:
Gonna be honest, if this Rian Johnson SW trilogy isnt a Kenobi trilogy then I dont care. #Kenobiorriot
— Immortan Matt (@JaigeyesWoW) November 9, 2017
Some are keen to explore the Old Republic:
My actual hope is that Rian Johnson's trilogy plays around in the Old Republic era. Hasn't been explored on film. It damn well should be.
— Zachary D. Rymer (@zachrymer) November 9, 2017
The Last Jedi must be so good if they’re allowing Rian to do a trilogy? OLD REPUBLIC, GIMMIE IT! #StarWars
— • Śüprëmë Łëädër Rëń • (@RenKyloBen) November 9, 2017
PLEASE LET IT BE THE OLD REPUBLIC! PLEASE LET IT BE THE OLD REPUBLIC! PLEASE LET IT BE THE OLD REPUBLIC! PLEASE LET IT BE THE OLD REPUBLIC! PLEASE LET IT BE THE OLD REPUBLIC! PLEASE LET IT BE THE OLD REPUBLIC! PLEASE LET IT BE THE OLD REPUBLIC! PLEASE LET IT BE THE OLD REPUBLIC!
— TrⒶsh Buddha (@GuerillaMonk) November 9, 2017
This guy misses Ewoks:
Look forward to Rian Johnson’s Ewok trilogy. https://t.co/dP8msDDPNr
— Matt Berman (@Mr_Berman) November 9, 2017
Director Max Landis weighs in with his thoughts on the whole thing:
the Rian Johnson news is so wild
imagine knowing the next decade of your life is going to be making just tons of star wars movies
like imagine where you were ten years ago
now imagine that whole time you were just making three movies every day
— WATCH DIRK GENTLY ON NETFLIX JANUARY 5th (@Uptomyknees) November 9, 2017
Some people aren’t so hyped:
Hmm. This news of three more Star Wars films & a TV series makes me wonder about market saturation – the very same kind that killed off Star Trek for nearly 20 years. Careful, Disney.
— Dolphin Lundgren (@orbitalnomad) November 10, 2017
I don't feel right. Something is up.
I don't know how to describe it. Something just feels off.
I… I've hit my Star Wars saturation point.
— Sam Spettigue (@ninjaspag) November 10, 2017
Not sure about this new Star Wars trilogy with new world's and new characters. Disney milking it as predicted. It's the Glazers telling us to watch Bolton when we're United fans.
— Mark Goldbridge (@markgoldbridge) November 10, 2017
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