Lucasfilm confirmed the news via the Star Wars official website Thursday afternoon.
Rian Johnson, director and writer on The Last Jedi, will not end his journey with Star Wars here.
According to the announcement, he is creating an all new trilogy which he will write and direct with his collaborator Ram Bergman producing.
The release states:
As writer-director of The Last Jedi, Johnson conceived and realized a powerful film of which Lucasfilm and Disney are immensely proud. In shepherding this new trilogy, which is separate from the episodic Skywalker saga, Johnson will introduce new characters from a corner of the galaxy that Star Wars lore has never before explored.
President of Lucasfilm Kathleen Kennedy also added,
“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.”
Johnson and Bergman gave their joint statement as well, saying they’ve had so much fun collaborating on The Last Jedi, which Disney and Lucasfilm both are very excited about.
“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.”
Well what wonderful news this Thursday brings!
Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theaters on Dec. 15, 2017.