Disney and Lucasfilm announced last month that Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson would be overseeing an entirely new trilogy of Star Wars films, and one that will reportedly not revolve around the Skywalker clan. In an interview with IGN, Rian Johnson detailed how the new trilogy came to be.
"We all just had a really good time working together," Johnson said. "I know for us, that was a big part of it. We were getting to the end of it and Kathy Kennedy and Bob Iger and Alan Horn, Alan Berkman, all the folks at Disney, we were just sad that this was coming to an end."
"We were like, 'How do we figure out some way to keep working together?'," Johnson continued. "That's when I pitched the idea of a new trilogy with a new story. That seemed really exciting for me."
Meanwhile, Johnson's Star Wars directorial debut, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, is due out later this month. The new trilogy will reportedly have nothing to do with the current story unfolding, though, so don't expect any teases that reference anything but Star Wars: Episode IX.
Written and directed by Rian Johnson, Star Wars: The Last Jedi 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.