Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson is set create a brand-new Star Wars trilogy, a completely new story with different characters from a new corner of the galaxy. Disney announced today that they are “immensely proud” of The Last Jedi, calling it a powerful film.

President of Lucasfilm Kathleen Kennedy said “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.”

Johnson will write and direct the first installment in the new trilogy, with longtime collaborator Ram Bergman, who worked with Johnson on Brick and Looper, producing.

“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.” 

A long-term collaboration is welcome, with the relaunch of the universe fraught with difficulties since JJ Abrams The Force Awakens exploded on to screens only two years ago. With ambitious plans to release a new Star Wars film every year for the foreseeable future, Disney hasn’t exactly had a smooth run with directors. So far Josh Trank (Fantastic Four) was dropped from the Bobba Fett spinoff. There were rumours that Disney was panicky about Gareth Edward’s original cut of Rogue One being ‘too dark’, although reshoots thankfully didn’t take much away from it. The Lego Movie creators Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were fired in the middle of filming from the Han Solo film and replaced by heavyweight Ron Howard. Finally Colin Trevorrow (Jurassic Park) was dropped from Star Wars: Episode IX after the formidable Jack Thorne was bought it to rework Treverrow’s and Derek Connolly’s script, and replaced by Force Awakens director JJ Abrams.

It seems Disney thinks Johnson is their next big thing, and we can’t wait to see his first film in the Star Wars universe. The Last Jedi launches December 14th in Australia.

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Olga Hughes is currently pre-occupied with fairy tales, fantasy, misanthropy, medieval history and the long eighteenth century. She has a Bachelor of Fine Art from the Victorian College of the Arts and is currently majoring in Literature and History at Deakin. She has contributed to websites such as History behind Game of Thrones, The Anne Boleyn Files and The Tudor Society.

3 Responses

  1. Jasmine

    I wonder how much of the original series will survive the move to a new corner of the galaxy? If ‘everything’ is new, as suggested (new characters, new locations etc) how can it be called a new Star Wars Trilogy? A cynic might imagine that the Star Wars label is there to attract fans of the original.

    The Star Trek franchise worked because enough trouble was taken to merge elements with the original – appearances of actors from earlier series and of course, Star Fleet was the glue around which all the various story lines emerges.

    I wonder if something similar will happen with the new Star Wars Trilogy.

    • Olga Hughes

      It’s funny George Lucas complained about ‘The Force Awakens’ saying he would have done it with completely new characters and locations and not the same old thing. I think it will be natural to introduce some new characters in the universe at some point, there are only so many Luke Skywalker stories that can be told at the age his character has attained now, and he has no backstory, that was told in the original Star Wars. Lucas didn’t do a good job on his prequels because he lost the focus on characters, so if the characters are strong enough, as we can see in the Force Awakens, they can carry a story.
      Star Wars also had a vast extended universe in novels so there is plenty of material to mine, although Disney hasn’t included the extended universe in the new canon. It’s wonderful they continued the reboot with the original characters but they are there to pass the torch rather than be at the centre of the narrative. There is little that can outshine Rey in any case. And I never thought that any Star Wars story could be made into a stunning, classic war film, but Rogue One was magnificent.
      If Disney are so invested in this director I am expecting big things from the next film.

      • Jasmine

        A lot will depend on the writers and how ‘sympathetic’ they are with the original.