‘Star Wars’ News: Rian Johnson Tackling a New Trilogy

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Cast and Rian Johnson
Gwendoline Christie, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Director Rian Johnson, Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern and Benicio del Toro from ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ at Disney’s D23 EXPO 2017 (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)
Rian Johnson will be continuing his journey into a galaxy far, far away. Lucasfilm announced Star Wars: The Last Jedi writer/director Rian Johnson will slip back into the Star Wars world with a brand new trilogy.

Johnson has committed to creating a new Star Wars Trilogy, and will write and direct the first of the three films. His longtime collaborator Ram Bergman will produce.

“We all loved working with Rian on The Last Jedi,” stated 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.”

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

According to the official announcement, the new trilogy is separate from the episodic Skywalker saga and will include brand new characters. Lucasfilm dropped the hint the characters will be “from a corner of the galaxy that Star Wars lore has never before explored.”

Lucasfilm and Disney haven’t announced any additional details on the cast, production dates, or when they expect the first film of the new trilogy to open in theaters.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is written and directed by Rian Johnson and will premiere in theaters on December 15, 2017. The cast includes Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern, and Benicio Del Toro.

The Plot: In Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the Skywalker saga continues as the heroes of The Force Awakens join the galactic legends in an epic adventure that unlocks age-old mysteries of the Force and shocking revelations of the past.