Star Wars Getting New Movie Trilogy From The Last Jedi Director Rian Johnson

Disney has announced that

In a statement, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy says, “We all loved working with Rian on The Last Jedi. 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.”

Johnson and Bergman shared their excitement about the possibilities that come with creating their own corner of the Star Wars universe. In a joint statement, the director and producer say, “We had the time of our lives collaborating with Lucasfilm and Disney on The Last Jedi. 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.” Johnson also tweeted about the news, joking, “Obviously I hope you like The Last Jedi. But man now I REALLY hope you like The Last Jedi.”

Obviously I hope you like The Last Jedi. But man now I REALLY hope you like The Last Jedi.

— Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) November 9, 2017

The news of the new trilogy comes the same day as the announcement that a live-action Star Wars TV series is in the works for Disney’s upcoming streaming service, which is expected to launch in 2019. At this point there is no release date for the first installment of the new trilogy. The Johnson-directed Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be in theaters on December 16. Star Wars: Episode IX will follow on December 20, 2019. That film will be directed by Star Wars: The Force Awakens helmer JJ Abrams.

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