‘Last Jedi’ director Rian Johnson to oversee new ‘Star Wars’ trilogy

FILE PHOTO: Director Rian Johnson reacts after accepting the award for
FILE PHOTO: Director Rian Johnson reacts after accepting the award for "Best Sci-Fi Movie" for movie "Looper" at the 2013 Critics' Choice Awards in Santa Monica, California January 10, 2013. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

November 10, 2017

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The galaxy far, far away is expanding further on screen with a new trilogy of “Star Wars” films outside of the ongoing Skywalker saga, Walt Disney Co said Thursday, to be overseen by Rian Johnson, the director of the franchise’s upcoming film “The Last Jedi.”

Johnson, 43, will write and direct the first of a new “Star Wars” trilogy that will bring new characters and worlds not yet explored on screen, Disney said.

“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,” Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm, said in a statement.

Disney said no release dates have been set for the new trilogy. In addition to the new film trilogy, Disney’s CEO Bob Iger said during the company’s quarterly earnings call on Thursday that a “Star Wars” live-action TV series was also being developed for the company’s upcoming streaming service.

Johnson was brought on to write and direct the second film in Disney’s rebooted trilogy of the Skywalker stories, which George Lucas first brought to screen in 1977.

“The Last Jedi,” which follows on from 2015’s hit film “The Force Awakens” and is expected to focus on Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), will be in theaters on Dec. 15.

The final installment in the current trilogy, “Star Wars: Episode IX,” will be written and directed by J.J. Abrams and scheduled for release in December 2019.

Disney is also making three standalone “Star Wars” films outside of the Skywalker saga, including last year’s “Rogue One” and next year’s “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” following the origins of the charming roguish smuggler Han Solo, made famous by Harrison Ford in the film franchise.

(Reporting by Piya Sinha-Roy and Lisa Richwine; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)

  • Silver.Badger

    Given Mark Hamill’s desire for confiscatory gun control in the US, I doubt I’ll be watching any more Star Wars movies. I can no longer separate the entertainment from the entertainer; if you publicly espouse Socialistic ideologies against me, then I will enact Capitalistic personal fiscal control against you. You’ll be in good company, Mr. Hamill, along with George Clooney, Sylvester Stallone and Liam Neeson, all heading up an ever growing list…

  • conquest915

    You might want to check to see if this guy has any sexual allegations against him pending before filming…just saying

  • Danial54

    stevens123 you got a lot to say for someone who is not a star wars nerd. Are you really going to grapple over the definition of trilogy?

  • TomSJr

    Sick and tired of Star Wars. Their last 2 episodes were simply TERRIBLE with poor acting and scripts.

    I’LL PASS ON THIS, TOO.

  • Another Deplorable

    So who’s gonna play Spock now that Nimoy has been Vulcanized?

  • stevens123

    I thought trilogy meant 3. We started with 3, but they were sequence 4, 5 and 6. Then we had 1, 2 and 3 but they were really stupid and did a lousy job of setting the table for the original three. (to quote my very vocal wife at the end of #3: that’s it?! I waited 30 years for this?) Now we have seen the first of another trilogy, plus a bonus movie, Rogue One, that sort of bridged the gap between 3 and 4 (the first movie) Never mind this third trilogy started out forgetting everything the first six taught us like it takes years of training to be a Jedi and learn to use a light saber, not to mention Storm Troopers were clones of Boba Fett the bounty hunter but in the quest for Hollywood PC they made the commander a woman. I won’t even get into the new Sith lord, Darth Vader replacement and Han/Leia’s kid is a whinny little b***** who can’t handle a light saber. Now we are going to get yet another trilogy? Isn’t that 12 plus the planned bonus movies?

    FYI – i’m really not a star wars nerd.

    • scottincary

      Maybe replace the word “trilogy” with “cash cow”? πŸ™‚

      • JustmJustm

        Cant be cash cows!
        Libtard hollywood is vegerabile BRAINS, so cows cant fly!

  • Victor Nazarian

    It’s all lots of fun and I’m thrilled that some of the stuff I loved when I was 12 (skateboards, Star Wars, motorcycles, killing Nazis on a computer, etc.) are still cool. I’m extra glad that I can still do all of that stuff although the kids comtimes seem a little puzzled by the old guy on the Banzai aluminum board skating around Montgomery County.

  • Scott Henke

    Yes! More toys!

  • Another Deplorable

    Wow! Another Star Wars movie! I love how they make those Orcs and Elves look so real!