Multiple rumors have been coming out about Rian Johnson’s future involvement with Star Wars, but after The Rise of Skywalker, more fans were convinced that Lucasfilm has decided to drop him. The good news is (at least for The Last Jedi fans), Johnson is still in talks with the studio, and hasn’t been dropped from the franchise.
Talking to Variety, Johnson confirms, “I’m still talking to Lucasfilm but they haven’t announced anything on their slate yet.” We don’t know when Lucasfilm will eventually pick up his project, but it has been announced that he would be starting a trilogy, much like J.J. Abrams did with Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Personally, I loved the message that Johnson put out with The Last Jedi, in a sense that greatness can come from anyone, regardless of family history. With The Rise of Skywalker basically throwing that idea away, I’m hopeful that Johnson’s trilogy would expound more on that theme. Hopefully, he’ll give us the stories in Star Wars that are necessary to mature the franchise rather than to just endlessly pander to fans and feature meaningless callbacks.
For now, Lucasfilm is going for a hiatus from films, with the next big movie set to come out in 2022. Though that may be the case, we’re still getting Star Wars shows in Disney+ like the second season of Mandalorian and series centered on Obi-Wan Kenobi and Cassian Andor.
We have yet to get a release for Johnson’s next Star Wars project, but The Mandalorian Season 2 hits Disney+ this coming fall.