Earlier this month, Disney and Lucasfilm announced Rian Johnson (Star Wars: The Last Jedi) would write and direct a new film in a Skywalker-less Star Wars trilogy; the studios said he would creatively oversee its two follow-up films, as well. Now, for the first time since the news, Johnson has commented on his new series of films set in a galaxy far, far away.
The director gave the following update on the plotting process and what he has in store for the story, when speaking in a press line in Mexico recently (via YouTuber Kenna McHugh):
We’re gonna have to see. I’m just in the very beginning of starting to come up with what the new trilogy is going to be. But I can tell you this, what makes me so excited about it, is the idea of doing a new story on the big canvas of three movies in this world. There’s just so much potential and I can’t wait to jump into it.
Johnson will creatively oversee the new trilogy, and write and direct the first entry in the series. It will reportedly step away from the Skywalkers, opting to focus on another corner of the galaxy far, far away.
“As writer-director of The Last Jedi, Johnson conceived and realized a powerful film of which Lucasfilm and Disney are immensely proud,” the initial announcement read. “In shepherding this new trilogy, which is separate from the episodic Skywalker saga, Johnson will introduce new characters from a corner of the galaxy that Star Wars lore has never before explored.”
Opening Dec. 15, Johnson's 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, Benicio del Toro as “DJ” and Laura Dern as Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo.