The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson will return to the Star Wars universe after his current project, Knives Out, completes production.
Johnson made the announcement at Cinema Con in Las Vegas. Johnson's proposed trilogy of films, a separate story from the Skywalker saga, has had a tumultuous history already. However, rumours of its cancellation last year have already been debunked, and Johnson's announcement this week shows that the director is eager to return to a galaxy far, far away.
Johnson's The Last Jedi followed J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: The Force Awakens and was met with mixed reactions from fans despite a 91% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The film met with criticism from certain sectors of Star Wars fandom, eventually leading to so much online harassment that Kelly Marie Tran (Rose Tico) deleted her Instagram account.
Johnson's film Knives Out, which Deadline describes "an Agatha Christie-style murder mystery that Johnson wrote and was able to squeeze in before he and Bergman drill down on a new trilogy in the Star Wars universe," features an all-star cast, including Halloween alum Jamie Lee Curtis and Captain America himself Chris Evans. The film is set to open November 27.