If there was any concerns whether or not Rian Johnson did a good job on The Last Jedi, they were put to rest this week when Lucasfilm announced that Johnson will be creating a new trilogy that 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.”
From the sound of it, Johnson is getting a blank canvas to create an all new saga within the Star Wars mythology. What that truly means, we will have to wait to find out, but it sounds like the rumors of Knights of the Old Republic is most likely a no go. For some, that is sad news. However, I think it’s the best thing Disney and Lucasfilm can do. What we have learned from Rogue One and even a series like Star Wars: Rebels is that fans are willing to accept new characters if they are done right. What Star Wars needs isn’t retcons of old characters, but to build on the mythology and create new transcending stories with new dynamic characters.
Of course, there are options that can allow a bridge from original saga to new. There are areas of Star Wars that have been touched but not fully explored. You can still get a Knights type film that takes us lightyears before the Skywalkers to the origins of the Jedi and Sith. You can go parallel to a part of the galaxy that was far from the reaches of the Empire during the height of their power as well. You can focus on the early years of Mandalore and their history. Or, since her history is the biggest question in the latest trilogy, Rey can be connected to a part of galaxy never explored. Maybe it was the Force that brought her to Jakku and now we will get stories from where she really came from.
Of course, from now until then, the ideas, rumors, theories and more will come, but what do you think? Are you excited? What would you like to see?