There have been several speculations about Rian Johnson's new Star Wars trilogy that will take place after the conclusion of the Skywalker Saga. However, the most surprising rumor about the new films is that the Star Wars: The Last Jedi director won't be connected to them at all. Fortunately, Johnson himself has addressed rumors that he has abandoned the trilogy.
It was previously reported by Super Bro Movies that Johnson has decided to leave the new Star Wars trilogy due to the mounting backlash to The Last Jedi. When fans reached out to the former Breaking Bad director on Twitter, he confirmed that he has not turned his back on the projects.
No it isn’t true, I’m still working on the trilogy. With all due respect to the movie bros, who I’m sure are lovely kind bros with good fraternal intentions.— Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) February 14, 2019
"No it isn’t true, I’m still working on the trilogy. With all due respect to the movie bros, who I’m sure are lovely kind bros with good fraternal intentions," Johnson wrote.
Super Bro Movies had previously cited "multiple sources" suggesting that Johnson was overwhelmed by the huge responsibility of helming a completely new Star Wars trilogy. The outlet also pointed out that the Looper director decided he would leave the project and focus on other projects instead. Luckily, it looks like Johnson has no plans of letting go that easily.
There have been speculations that the new trilogy will follow Rey as she trains a younger generation of Jedi. It is still unclear if any of the other characters from the current trilogy will show up in the new films as well.
Johnson is currently working on the crime film Knives Out, which will star James Bond actor Daniel Craig and Avengers: Endgame's Chris Evans. The still-untitled Star Wars: Episode IX is scheduled for release on December 20.