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Star Wars: The Last Jedi writer/director Rian Johnson bringing us a whole new Star Wars trilogy

November 9th, 2017 by Marc Comments

Whoa! We didn’t expect this sort of an announcement anytime soon… just released a statement saying that after the release of Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi, writer/director Rian Johnson will begin creating a brand new Star Wars trilogy, the first of which he will write and direct.

No word on the setting of the trilogy – will it continue the story of Rey, Poe, Finn and BB-8 as mentioned last week by Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy or if it will be a whole new chapter in the Star Wars tale.

Although, honestly, we reckon it will be Episodes X, XI and XII of the franchise.

Wait, could it be the Obi-Wan movies?! Anyway, sorry, we’re getting ahead of ourselves.

Here’s the official statement:

For director Rian Johnson, Star Wars: The Last Jedi was just the beginning of his journey in a galaxy far, far away.

Lucasfilm is excited to announce that Johnson will create a brand-new Star Wars trilogy, the first of which he is also set to write and direct, with longtime collaborator Ram Bergman onboard to produce. 

As writer-director of The Last Jedi, Johnson conceived and realized a powerful film of which Lucasfilm and Disney are immensely proud. 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.

“We all loved working with Rian on The Last Jedi,” said Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm. “He’s a creative force, and watching him craft The Last Jedi from start to finish was one of the great joys of my career. Rian will do amazing things with the blank canvas of this new trilogy.”

“We had the time of our lives collaborating with Lucasfilm and Disney on The Last Jedi,” Johnson and Bergman said in a joint statement. “Star Wars is the greatest modern mythology and we feel very lucky to have contributed to it. We can’t wait to continue with this new series of films.” 

Exciting news for Star Wars fans, indeed. What say you all?

Star Wars: The Last Jedi arrives in U.S. theaters on Dec. 15, 2017.

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….