With Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Solo: A Star Wars Story and an as-yet-untitled Obi-Wan Kenobi-centric spinoff in the works, there’s no indication that Lucasfilm intends to slow down anytime soon when it comes to its immensely valuable Star Wars franchise. In fact, according to Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy, the studio is in the process of planning the next ten years of films.
“We’re sitting down now, we’re talking about the next ten years of Star Wars stories, and we’re looking at narratively where that might go,” Kennedy told The Star Wars Show. “Future stories beyond Episode IX with these new characters: Rey, Poe, Finn, BB-8. But we’re also looking at working with people that are interested in coming into the Star Wars world and taking us to places that we haven’t been yet. And that’s exciting too because its a vast galaxy far, far away, so the possibilities are endless.”
— Star Wars (@starwars) November 1, 2017
Her statements here seem to imply that Rey (Daisy Ridley), Poe (Oscar Isaac), Finn (John Boyega) and BB-8 will survive past the final film in the sequel trilogy. However, there’s no mention of Rose Tico (Kelly Marie Tran), Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) or any of the other characters who have debuted since the franchise’s return in 2015 . It’s not entirely clear with how much certainty Kennedy can speak about the futures of these characters, as the departure of Colin Trevorrow — due in part to issues with the script — has necessitated a re-write of Episode IX, so what happens to any and all of them is subject to change.
Kennedy remarked in April that Episode IX may be the end of the franchise’s focus on the Skywalker family and that major announcements about the future of the series will arrive in 2018.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the next instalment in the franchise, opens December 15. Rian Johnson directed and wrote the film, which stars Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Daisy Ridley as Rey, John Boyega as Finn, Adam Driver as Kylo Ren, Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron, Andy Serkis as Supreme Leader Snoke, Domhnall Gleeson as General Hux, Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma, Anthony Daniels as C-3PO, Lupita Nyong’o as Maz Kanata, Benicio Del Toro as “DJ,” Kelly Marie Tran as Rose Tico, Laura Dern as Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo, and the late Carrie Fisher as General Leia Organa.
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