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Star Wars Reports Offer Key Details on Kevin Feige's Role

More details about Kevin Feige's new role in the Star Wars franchise have emerged. The architect behind the Marvel Cinematic Universe will produce a new standalone film for the franchise.

According to Variety, Feige will not replace Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy. Instead, he will produce the new film alongside her.

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Following the surprise exit of David Benioff and D.B. Weiss from their Star Wars trilogy, it had been rumored that Feige would be brought in to right the franchise’s ship. However, there are currently no plans to give Feige a larger role within Lucasfilm.

Not much is known about the project nor when it will go into production. The deal is said to have come together in recent months, with Feige sitting down with Kennedy and studio co-chairmen Alan Horn and Alan Bergman in the late summer to discuss the film. While the project appears to be in the early stages, Feige is said to have a "major actor" in mind for a role.

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Kennedy has been president of Lucasfilm since 2012. Feige has presided over Marvel Studios since 2008's Iron Man, which went on to launch the ever-expanding MCU. This will mark the first collaboration between the two.

Directed and co-written by J.J. Abrams, Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker stars Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Anthony Daniels, Naomi Ackie, Domhnall Gleeson, Richard E. Grant, Lupita Nyong’o, Keri Russell, Joonas Suotamo, Kelly Marie Tran, with Ian McDiarmid and Billy Dee Williams. The film arrives on Dec. 20.

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