The Star Wars landscape is going to look a lot different after The Rise of Skywalker comes out. Along with the franchise expanding with several Disney+ shows, there are also numerous cinematic trilogies in the work, including the one being worked on by Star Wars: The Last Jedi’s Rian Johnson (no, he didn’t drop it).
In keeping with Lucasfilm’s love of secrecy, we still haven’t learned anything specific about what Rian Johnson’s Star Wars trilogy will be about, only that it will be separate from the Skywalker Saga. Johnson has now reiterated that the goal for his next three Star Wars movies is to move past the characters we’re incredibly familiar with and take the Star Wars film series in a new direction. In his words:
It’s one thing to create a Star Wars trilogy starring brand-new faces, but judging by Rian Johnson’s comments to Observer, it sounds like these movies won’t even reference the “legacy characters”… or at least, not that much.
Depending on the time period, maybe there will be a mention of the Empire and Rebellion or the First Order and the Resistance, or even include an off-handed reference to a major figure like Palpatine or Luke Skywalker, but it’s not like these movies will be leaning heavily on the main canon that’s quite familiar to fans.
Either way, however you feel about Star Wars: The Last Jedi, there’s no question that it was polarizing among the Star Wars fanbase. Since Rian Johnson plans to distance his new movies from the main mythos and chart a new path, while still keeping the overall substance of the property alive, that could result in these particular Star Wars tales earning better overall reception.
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