New ‘Star Wars’ Trilogy Coming from ‘The Last Jedi’ Director Rian Johnson

Star Wars fans, the future is looking promising indeed.

Rian Johnson, the Brick and Looper director who’s at the helm of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, has been chosen to create an all-new Star Wars trilogy.

Lucasfilm has announced that Johnson will be sherpeding a new trilogy with his longtime collaborator Sam Bergman. The films will be kicking off with a chapter directed and written by Johnson.

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

The new films will explore new corners of the Star Wars galaxy and will be introducing new characters seperate from the Skywalker saga.

This big new move certainly showcases the love Lucasfilm has for Johnson, and it bodes well for what we can expect with The Last Jedi.

Lucasfilm is quite firm with the direction they want their films to go and just what creative freedom they’re willing to let creatives get away with. Rogue One saw Tony Gilroy come in and work from what director Gareth Edwards had crafted, Phil Lord and Chris Miller were fired from Solo: A Star Wars Story deep into production (replaced with Ron Howard), and Colin Trevorrow was let go from Star Wars: Episode IX (replaced with J.J. Abrams).

“We had the time of our lives collaborating with Lucasfilm and Disney on The Last Jedi,” Johnson and Bergman shared 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.”

Star Wars: The Last Jedi will arrive in Australia on December 14 and opens in the US on December 15.

 

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