Kennedy Talks The Future Of The Star Wars Sequel Trilogy Characters


Since the conclusion of the Star Wars sequel trilogy, with The Rise Of Skywalker in 2019, the storytelling future of the franchise has become stagnant. Lucasfilm has had great success filling the gaps in past stories on Disney+ with The Mandalorian, The Batch Batch, and wrapping up the Clone Wars and introduced audiences to a new past era in The High Republic books and comics but there has been no material driving the franchise forward.

Now, in the latest issue of Empire, Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy has been talking about the what could be next for the likes of Rey, Finn, and Poe.

Certainly, those are not characters we’re going to forget. They will live on, and those are conversations that are going on with the creative team as well.

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Kennedy makes no commitment to which medium these characters may turn up in and there are numerous avenues open to the creatives. Books and comics would be the easiest route as it would require no input from the actors. Lucasfilm have recently begun releasing audio drama, so that could be another lower budget option. On the feature film front there has been no mention of continuing the stories in any of the announced projects.

The place that we will see more of the new heroes will most likely be Disney+. There have already been rumours of a Finn show that would explore the character’s past and future with John Boyega in creative control. Oscar Isaac already has the Marvel Studios’ ‘Moon Knight’ coming to the streaming service and seems very happy working in that format. As for Daisy Ridley, you could easily tell a serialised rebirth of the Jedi story that could require her to do as little or as much work she is prepared to do.

Kennedy doesn’t put any timescale on when we may see anything come from these conversations but, whatever they are, don’t expect anything soon. There are no announced films, the Disney+ slate if full for the next few years, the books are focusing on Kenobi and High Republic stuff, and the comics are putting everything into Crimson Dawn.

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