Earlier this month, Disney announced three new Star Wars films beyond the current trilogy, with the first scheduled for release in 2022. While it was assumed this would herald the start of The Last Jedi filmmaker Rian Johnson's planned trilogy, Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed at the 6th Annual MoffettNathanson Media & Communications Summit that the first film will actually come from Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.
Johnson had teased last month that he would begin working with Lucasfilm again on his planned Star Wars trilogy after completing his upcoming film Knives Out. It is unknown when the first film in this trilogy is scheduled for release.
A rumor surfaced in March that claimed Benioff and Weiss' first Star Wars film was expected to begin principal photography by the end of the year, with longstanding speculation that it would be set during the era of the Old Republic. While unconfirmed, the 2022 release date indicates the start of production may be a little further into the future.
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