After Rian Johnson directed The Last Jedi, the highly controversial eighth episode of the Star Wars Skywalker Saga (and just before the film’s release in 2017), Disney quickly announced that Johnson would be returning to the Star Wars galaxy in the future to direct a trilogy of Star Wars films.
According to the announcement on StarWars.com, “Johnson will introduce new characters from a corner of the galaxy that Star Wars lore has never before explored.” Regardless of how much The Last Jedi divided fans of Star Wars, Johnson’s willingness to push the boundaries of fan expectations combined with his skill as a filmmaker created a film that everyone was talking about and a film that Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy described as “one of the great joys of my career.”
No production details were included in the original announcement. And though Johnson has continued to confirm that the trilogy was still happening in various interviews over the past three years, no new details have been revealed — which has led many to believe the trilogy was dropped from Disney’s production schedule.
In a recent conversation with author Sariah Wilson, however, Johnson revealed that the trilogy was still on.
Lucasfilm hasn’t made any recent announcements about the trilogy or when the first film will be released, but according to Wilson, it’s because Johnson “has other projects going on.” Johnson’s Knives Out, a mystery film featuring a long list of star actors such as Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, and Jamie Lee Curtis, was released in 2019 and was largely praised by audiences. That movie’s success prompted a soon-to-come sequel, which is probably one of the “other projects” Johnson is working on.
Disney and Lucasfilm recently announced several new Star Wars projects, including several series for Disney+ and films directed by Taika Waititi and Patty Jenkins. Though nothing was included about Johnson’s trilogy, it seems likely that Johnson is taking his time to develop the story that will explore a new area of the Star Wars timeline.
Are you still excited for Rian Johnson’s Star Wars trilogy? Let us know in the comments. And for more, keep up with Dork Side of the Force!