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STAR WARS NEWS ROUND-UP: No Old Republic movies planned, Thor Ragnarok director favourite for future movie and Last Jedi track listing revealed…

December 10th, 2017 by Marc Comments

With everyone patiently waiting for Star Wars: The Last Jedi to open (three days!), we’re already looking forward to what’s next in the saga.

Well, we already know that Last Jedi director Rian Johnson has been put in charge of a new trilogy of movies but, despite the fact that fans are hoping that, almost more than any other chapter in the Star Wars Saga, we get an Old Republic story, it’s looking pretty unlikely.

Johnson himself, addressing the fan expectation, had this to say: “Oh [the fans] love Knights of the Old Republic. I played that game when it first came out and it was like, god, I loved it. Yeah, that’s a fantastic game. And I understand it, the instinct to automatically go to something that you know and love, that you’ve already seen. To me, what’s really fun is the notion of what new stuff are we gonna see, what new stories can we tell?”

Now, we know that’s not a flat out ‘no’ but we reckon he’s saying that, while the game/story is out there and is awesome, his trilogy, whetever it may be, it will be something completely new. And we’re very ok with that.


Speaking of future movies, in related news, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy  has name dropped someone she would love to handle a future Star Wars movie and the name she has put out there is hardly a surprise given recent MCU box office.

Yes, she names Thor: Ragnarok’s Taika Waititi as her current favourite: “I would love for him to direct a Star Wars movie.

“I think he has exactly the right sensibility. Very exciting to see him step into the Marvel universe and do such an amazing job with Thor.”

While the director hasn’t responded to the name drop, coincidentally he did speak about directing a Star Wars movie a few weeks back and was cagey but keen: “Who would actually say no to Star Wars? Of course, I didn’t send that idea very seriously, it’s more that in light of all the things that were happening over the last couple of months, it would make me a little nervous.

“But I see both sides of it. It’s such a strong, established property – you recognise it and you recognise the tone with every one of those films. So I can kind of get why, on the studio side, why they feel they have a duty to keep it a certain way. And I’ve been lucky with Thor and Marvel that they can go off in any direction they want really.”


While we loved Ragnarok here at FTN (here’s our glowing review), many of us felt that the tone was far too light with no real weight given to such a massive story as the destruction of Asgard, so we would be wary of having Waititi directing. That said… what do we know?


In Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the Skywalker saga continues as the heroes of The Force Awakens join the galactic legends in an epic adventure that unlocks age-old mysteries of the Force and shocking revelations of the past.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is directed by Rian Johnson and stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern and Benicio Del Toro.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theaters on December 15, 2017.

Oh, and here is the tracklisting from The Last Jedi… we don’t think it’s spoilerific but proceed with caution nonetheless:

Source: Newsarama & Mashable

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….