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Kathleen Kennedy on Planning the Next 10 Years of Star Wars Films


Today has been an exciting day for Star Wars fans with the reveal of the Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker teaser trailer, poster and photos. While the December 20 release will be the culmination of the Skywalker Star Wars films, it will definitely not be the end of the Star Wars movies.

Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy talked to The Hollywood Reporter about what is ahead. “We knew we were going to close this up, we knew that even before we started The Force Awakens,” Kennedy said on Friday at Star Wars Celebration. “We are looking at the next saga. We are not just looking at another trilogy, we’re really looking at the next 10 years or more.”

There are more movies coming with Star Wars: The Last Jedi writer/director Rian Johnson developing a trilogy of Star Wars films, and Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are creating their own trilogy.

“This [movie] is the culmination of the Skywalker Saga; it’s by no means the culmination of Star Wars,” added Kennedy. “I’m sitting down now with Dan Weiss and David Benioff… and Rian Johnson. We’re all sitting down to talk about, where do we go next? We’ve all had conversations about what the possibilities might be, but now we’re locking it down.”

Yesterday, The Walt Disney Company Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Bob Iger revealed to Bloomberg that the Star Wars films will be taking a break after The Rise of Skywalker for them to work on these new movies.

“We have not announced any specific plans for movies thereafter,” Iger said. “There are movies in development, but we have not announced them.” During that pause, we’ll be getting The Mandalorian TV series on Disney+.

“We will take a pause, some time, and reset,” Iger added, “because the Skywalker saga comes to an end with this ninth movie. There will be other Stars Wars movies, but there will be a bit of a hiatus.”

J.J. Abrams returns to direct the final installment of the Skywalker saga. Abrams co-wrote the screenplay with Chris Terrio. The Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker cast members include Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, and Billie Lourd.

Joining the cast of Episode IX are Naomi Ackie, Richard E. Grant, Matt Smith, Dominic Monaghan, and Keri Russell, who will be joined by veteran Star Wars actors Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, and Billy Dee Williams, who will reprise his role as Lando Calrissian.

Composer John Williams, who has scored every chapter in the Star Wars saga since 1977’s A New Hope, will return to a galaxy far, far away with The Rise of Skywalker. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is produced by Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Michelle Rejwan, and executive produced by Callum Greene and Jason McGatlin.

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Mirko Parlevliet
Mirko Parlevliet has been reporting on the entertainment industry since 1998 and founded to cover movie, TV, video game, music, and theme park news.