When Disney and Lucasfilm announced that Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson would creatively oversee a brand new trilogy of Star Wars films, it was known that it would not involve the Skywalkers. Johnson has now confirmed that it will not be connected to any other storylines explored in the current trilogy either.
In an interview with Screenrant, Johnson was asked whether the new trilogy would see any involvement from J.J. Abrams, be it through crafting the world together or building off of each other's previous entries. "Well, no," Johnson said.
"So, he’s going to do the next episode, so do the final chapter of this trilogy," Johnson continued. "And then I’m just completely, separately going to be coming up with a whole new trilogy that won’t be connected to this at all. I’m just going to come up with something new and do it."
Johnson remains in the early stages of crafting his story, and he has apparently been afforded total creative freedom with the direction to take with the films. The trilogy has been previously reported to revolve around characters from a corner of the galaxy that has been unexplored in Star Wars lore to date.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi, written and directed by Rian Johnson, opens Dec. 15 and 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.