While making an appearance on The Star Wars Show, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy revealed that the studio is currently planning the next ten years of Star Wars movies and teased what the future might hold for beloved Star Wars characters.
Although we never really believed that Lucasfilm and Disney would stop making Star Wars films, it’s still exciting to know that we will have at least another decade of adventures in this universe.
“We’re sitting down now, we’re talking about the next ten years of Star Wars stories and we’re looking at narratively where that might go. Future stories beyond Episode IX, with these new characters, Rey, Poe, Finn, BB-8, but we’re also looking at working with people that are interested in coming into the Star Wars world and taking us to places that we haven’t been yet, and that’s exciting too because it’s a vast galaxy far, far away. The possibilities are endless.”
Many fans have speculated that the Star Wars franchise would leave the current characters behind after Episode IX, but it sounds like we might continue Rey’s adventures. Personally, I think this is great news for the franchise and the future of these movies. Rey is one of my all-time favourite Star Wars characters, and it would be a shame if we didn’t continue her story after the current trilogy.
The next film in the franchise is Star Wars: The Last Jedi, due on 15 December. That will be followed by Solo: A Star Wars Story next May. The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams will return to direct Episode IX, which is scheduled for release in 2019. The studio has also started developing a standalone Obi-Wan Kenobi film, which will hopefully see the return of Ewan McGregor.