Disney is feeling the Force with filmmaker Rian Johnson, and with The Force Awakens helmer J.J. Abrams back at the helm for the ninth installment of Star Wars which is currently slated for 2019. Just over a month from the release of Johnson’s own contribution with Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the official Star Wars website is hailing fans with news of Johnson’s involvement on the creation of a brand new trilogy.
The Looper helmer will write and direct the forthcoming tenth installment to boot with longtime collaborator Ram Bergman onboard to produce. Further cast and crew details are still pending while The Last Jedi still has Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac and Adam Driver, and stalwarts Mark Hamill and the late and lovely Carrie Fisher shepherding Disney’s latest volume of the longstanding space opera centered on interplanetary politics and conflict, and epic battles between the forces of good and evil.
Per the website:
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.
“We all loved working with Rian on The Last Jedi,” said Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm. “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.”
“We had the time of our lives collaborating with Lucasfilm and Disney on The Last Jedi,” Johnson and Bergman said in a joint statement. “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.”