This is the best Star Wars news we’ve had in a while. The Last Jedi writer/director Rian Johnson is going to be working on a brand new trilogy of films for the Star Wars universe.
Here are the details from the official press release:
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.”
Wishes Do Come True
I can’t tell you how happy all of this makes me. I have been continuously asking for the Star Wars universe to branch out into something bigger and unfamiliar. The fact that the incredibly talented Rian Johnson — if you haven’t yet, watch Brick, The Brothers Bloom, and Looper — will be the one at the helm of this new venture is icing on the cake.
It also speaks volumes about how happy Disney is with The Last Jedi. Johnson has clearly been a good collaborator while also delivering something that the studio — and most likely fans — are going to be very proud of.
Exactly what this new trilogy will be is unknown, but I sincerely hope it strays far away from the familiar stories and characters we’ve been getting. If Johnson is truly given carte blanche to create anything he wants in the Star Wars universe, this could be the start of something incredibly special.
The Last Jedi hits theaters on December 15, but if I’m being 100% honest, I’m more excited about news of this new trilogy. This could be the first step towards Disney building out the universe in a fresh and enthralling new direction. Bring. It. On.