Rian Johnson expanding Star Wars for new trilogy

Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi picks up the Skywalker story after 2015’s blockbuster The Force Awakens, in which a new generation of characters was introduced with returning favorites Han Solo.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published: December 7, 2017 4:04 pm
Rian Johnson expanding Star Wars for new trilogy Director Rian Johnson attends the ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Japan Premiere & Red Carpet in Tokyo, Japan.

As Star Wars fans gear up for The Last Jedi, the anticipated next installment in the Skywalker series, its star and writer-director shed some light on how the franchise was mapping a future beyond the beloved characters. Rian Johnson, writer-director of “The Last Jedi,” will be overseeing a new trilogy of “Star Wars” films that will explore far-away corners of the galaxy, Walt Disney Co said in November.

“I‘m just in the very beginning phases of coming up with it so right now the sky is kind of the limit,” Johnson said while promoting “The Last Jedi” last week.

“The appeal of it to me is to do a new story told over three movies, to have that kind of canvas, to be in the Star Wars world and to have the feel of a Star Wars film,” he said.

The new stories will not follow the Skywalker saga, which George Lucas kicked off with 1977’s “Episode IV: A New Hope.”

Disney purchased Lucasfilm in 2012 for $4 billion, and rebooted the “Star Wars” franchise with the Skywalker trilogy and standalone films like “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.”

Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi picks up the Skywalker story after 2015’s blockbuster The Force Awakens, in which a new generation of characters was introduced with returning favorites Han Solo (Harrison Ford), Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) and Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill). Fisher died last year.

The team on Wednesday visited Tokyo for the premiere of their film. The grand event witnessed the attendance of various fans and the cast members of the film.

(With inputs from Reuters)

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