The coming release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi has been arguably the most highly anticipated event on the movie calendar this year, with recent reports confirming its marketing dominance in generating the most online buzz of any film in the last few months. The upcoming Lucasfilm title resumes the ongoing main saga story revolving around the Skywalker family, following its hiatus in 2016, which saw the studio put out its first anthology movie, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, to high praise. Given that it’s now been two years since The Force Awakens opened in cinemas, fans have had to wait a while to see where Rey, Finn and Poe’s respective journeys will take them next and, of course, to find out what’s going to happen to Star Wars veteran characters Luke and Leia.
It seems, though, that we will be getting a definitive end to the current trilogy, taking place in the J.J. Abrams-directed Episode IX, that will certainly see central character Rey’s completed story. At least, that’s what it sounds like according to The Last Jedi filmmaker Rian Johnson’s latest comments.
Disney and Lucasfilm are clearly very confident in Johnson’s ability, even at this stage before Episode VIII‘s theatrical release, so much so that that the 44-year-old writer/director has been tasked with developing the next Star Wars trilogy. Johnson has said that the studio has given him “no limitations” in creating a new series of films that his new comments now confirm will not be connected to the current narrative whatsoever.
Sitting down with Screen Rant, Johnson was asked if his new trilogy would be following on from Abrams’ Episode IX, to which he responded with a clear statement saying that the films that he’s working on are their own thing:
Well, no. So, he’s going to do the next episode, so do the final chapter of this trilogy, and then I’m just completely, separately going to be coming up with a whole new trilogy that won’t be connected to this at all. I’m just going to come up with something new and do it.
It seems that Johnson really will be bringing something completely new to the table which may please certain fans who haven’t been best pleased with the way that Disney’s Star Wars movies bare a lot of similarities to the original trilogy. Whether or not this means that the franchise will no longer be a Skywalker/Solo family-centric story is difficult to say as all of the films up to this point have revolved around those lineages, although, it could be a breathe of fresh air for Johnson to explore the Galaxy Far Away outside of the Skywalker social circle.
Rian Johnson’s Star Wars Trilogy is yet to receive release dates and official announcement.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens in cinemas December 14th.