Disney Confirms New "Star Wars" Trilogy With Rian Johnson

Disney Confirms New

In 2015, the Star Wars franchise returning to theaters with its long-awaited seventh episode, The Force Awakens.

For Kennedy, the move looks to bring stability to the franchise's directing chair after the very public firings of "Star Wars" franchise directors Colin Trevorrow (who was replaced by J.J. Abrams) and Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (who were replaced by Ron Howard). If your anticipation for The Last Jedi wasn't already at a fever pitch, the confirmation the studio is making Johnson the custodian of Star Wars' future is all you needed to hear.

Disney shares rose more than 1 percent after Chief Executive Bob Iger said Disney had struck a deal with Rian Johnson, director of upcoming film "Star Wars: The Last Jedi", to create a new trilogy in the blockbuster science fiction series. StarWars.com also have the full report, confirming Johnson's involvement as writer and director of the trilogy, with Ram Bergman to produce.

Lucasfilm's president Kathleen Kennedy said in helming The Last Jedi, the director has proven that his vision is exactly what Disney wants moving forward. "Rian will do incredible things with the blank canvas of this new trilogy", Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm, said in a statement.

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No casting or release dates have been disclosed. "'Star Wars" is the greatest modern mythology and we feel very lucky to have contributed to it. "Rian will do incredible things with the blank canvas of this new trilogy".

These announcements add to the heaps of Star Wars content on the horizon.

While we all love Star Wars and everything that comes with it, it will be interesting to see how fans react to completely new characters having bonded with the Skywalker bloodline and all the familiar aliens we've grown to love.

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