The Walt Disney Co. has announced that Rian Johnson will craft a new trilogy for the "Star Wars" "universe", greatly broadening the director's command over the ever-expanding space saga created by George Lucas.
Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm, referred to Johnson as a "creative force" and that watching him make "The Last Jedi" was one of her favorite moments of her storied career. Johnson is developing the new movies with his longtime producer Ram Bergman. And it looks like Lucasfilm's Kathleen Kennedy has been very happy with Johnson's vision of the Star Wars universe that Lucasfilm has made a decision to put him in charge of a whole new Star Wars trilogy.
Lucasfilm has revealed that the new trilogy will be separate from the Skywalker saga and will be introducing new characters in an area that hasn't been explored in Star Wars lore.
While The Last Jedi is still a few weeks away, the deal is a good sign that Disney is happy with Johnson's work on Episode VIII.
That's high praise indeed when you consider Kennedy has butted heads with other directors who have contributed to Star Wars in recent years.
While we all love Star Wars and everything that comes with it, it will be interesting to see how fans react to completely new characters having bonded with the Skywalker bloodline and all the familiar aliens we've grown to love.
The final instalment in the current trilogy, Star Wars: Episode IX, will be written and directed by J.J. Abrams and scheduled for release in December 2019.
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 theatres in Singapore on Dec 14.
Soon fans will be able to check out Johnson's Star Wars: The Last Jedi when it hits USA theaters on December 15, 2017.