While the “Star Wars” saga has primarily focused on the Skywalker family, Lucasfilm doesn’t yet know whether that story will continue past 2019 with Episode IX.
“I certainly foresee movies past nine,” Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy told Fandango. “Whether or not we carry on the Skywalker saga … you know, George [Lucas] always intended nine movies, and whether we continue that or not is something we’re talking about right now. If the story warrants it, we’ll absolutely do it. If it actually inspires new ideas, then we’ll probably head in that direction. We just don’t know yet.”
Kennedy did, however, tease the possibility of significant announcements next year about the long-term future of the franchise, which may clarify the studio’s plans for the Skywalker family.
The interview also turned to the upcoming “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” the subject of much speculation this weekend following the debut of the teaser trailer. Kennedy credited writer/director Rian Johnson with helping to move the franchise in new directions.
“I love his talent [and] his commitment to these stories, and his understanding of the mythology that George created,” she said. “It’s really something that I think you’ll see that he takes these characters [and] develops their complexities. He’s not afraid to try things that move this into a more complex universe, and I think that’s great. I think that’s what [‘Star Wars’] needs.”
Since the acquisition of Lucasfilm in 2012, Disney has expanded the “Star Wars” franchise beyond the Skywalker family with “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” and the upcoming Han Solo film. While there have been persistent rumors about the possibility of an Obi-Wan spinoff, it’s still uncertain whether that will ever happen.
Written and directed by Rian Johnson, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” features returning cast members Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Carrie Fisher as General Leia Organa, Adam Driver as Kylo Ren, Daisy Ridley as Rey, John Boyega as Finn, Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron, Lupita Nyong’o as Maz Kanata, Domhnall Gleeson as General Hux, Anthony Daniels as C-3PO, Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma and Andy Serkis as Supreme Leader Snoke, joined by franchise newcomers Kelly Marie Tran as Rose, and Benicio del Toro and Laura Dern in undisclosed roles. The film arrives Dec. 15.