Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker may be the final film in Lucasfilm's sequel trilogy, but it might not be the end for some of your favorite new characters.
In an interview with MTV, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy revealed some of the characters from directors J.J. Abrams and Rian Johnson's films may return in future projects -- on the big or small screen.
#Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy talked to us about the future of #StarWars – including a Knights of the Old Republic movie and female filmmakers taking the helm, as well as Palpatine’s surprise return in the trailer for @StarWars #EpisodeIX pic.twitter.com/HCjEhdlRv7— MTV NEWS (@MTVNEWS) April 16, 2019
"You know, there is an appropriate time," Kennedy explained. "We're using this appropriate time as an opportunity to see where we're going now that we're leaving the Skywalker Saga behind. But there's no question that there's certain characters that we've created certainly in the last three movies that we may very well wanna see down the line in the future."
"We also have huge opportunities with Disney+ now to be able to look at that space and find perhaps even smaller stories, grittier stories," she continued. "And yet Mandalorian which debuts in November has huge scope and scale so we're just excited about what the potential is for the kind of things we can do."
The first teaser trailer for The Rise of Skywalker debuted last week at Star Wars Celebration in Chicago. Not only did it tease new adventures for Rey, Finn and Poe, it also delivered a huge shock by revealing that Emperor Palpatine, who was seemingly killed by Darth Vader in Return of the Jedi, would somehow return in the film.
Meanwhile, Jon Favreau's upcoming live-action series, The Mandalorian, will be set between the events of Episodes VI and VII. The show will premiere on November 12 with the launch of Disney+. On top of that, a second series will feature the return of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story's Cassian Andor and fan-favorite droid K-2S0.
There are also other Star Wars projects currently in the works where these characters could potentially return, from Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss' films to The Last Jedi writer/director Rian Johnson's trilogy.
Directed and co-written by J.J. Abrams, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker stars Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, Billie Lourd, Keri Russell, Anthony Daniels, Mark Hamill, Billy Dee Williams and Carrie Fisher, with Naomi Ackie and Richard E. Grant. The film arrives December 20.