Star Wars is getting a brand new trilogy after the 2019 planned release of Episode IX, Lucafilm announced on Thursday (November 9). And it may prove to be different than the ones that came before, because there are plans for it to drift away from its core mythology.
The new series of films will not be continuing the saga of the Skywalker family. According to Lucasfilm they will focus on “new characters from a corner of the galaxy that Star Wars lore has never before explored.”
Star Wars: The Last Jedi's director Rian Johnson will be helming the new trilogy, he will also serve as a screenwriter for the first installment. In a statement Lucasfilm President said “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.”
For his part Johnson and his producing partner Ran Bergman, who will also produce the new trilogy, spoke about their excitement over the new project. "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."
There is no word yet on a release date since the project is most probably still in the planning stages. But the new direction they are taking with moving the series beyond the core Skywalker family saga and in a region of the galaxy not featured before would allow them the freedom to introduce new concepts to the already established canon.
Or will they pull a fast one and draw from characters, places and alien races that already exist in the Star Wars expanded universe of books and video games? That part of the Star Wars mythology was relegated to alternative status when Disney acquired the franchise and started to continue a brand new story.
Will we get the Yuuzhan Vhong alien species, the matriarchal human empire of Hapes? Or will they just create new ones that may be based on these, or just start from scratch?
With new developments it is exciting to speculate, and with that in mind, which path do you think they should take?