In a statement released at the official Star Wars website, Lucasfilm has confirmed that a new Star Wars trilogy will be created by Rian Johnson. The writer/director of Star Wars: The Last Jedi will take up the same duties on the first film in the new trilogy, and is expected to at least contribute to the story and produce its two sequels. In surprising news, the new trilogy will not continue the story of the Skywalker saga but tell a new story with new characters.
Additionally, a new Star Wars live action TV series will debut in 2019, although no further information has been released at this time.
Johnson will collaborate on the new trilogy with his producing partner Ram Bergman. The Lucasfilm statement lavishes praise on the movie maker:
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.”