Is Rian Johnson's Star Wars Trilogy Cancelled or Still Happening? News and Updates

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Star Wars Trilogy of Rian Johnson has been out for a while and many fans have since not heard when it will happen and what will the track be of the next Star Wars trilogy announced by Walt Disney Company and Lucasfilm in 2017. It has been almost four years since the announcement was made and yet not one film has been released by Rian Johnson under Star Wars.

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Sure, as the sun's shining, there have been Star Wars releases that followed Star Wars: The Last Jedi of Rian Johnson with Solo: A Star Wars Story, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, and the TV series of The Mandalorian, but these titles clearly isn't under the trilogy as announced. Solo: A Star Wars Story is directed by Ron Howard, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker by J.J. Abrams, and The Mandalorian by Jon Favreau.

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Because of this, many have since been wondering whether the new Star Wars Trilogy would still happen. In the series of events, it became questionable if the trilogy would still come about as it has been years since the announcement.

In 2018, Johnson teased the trilogy with a few details including the possibility of the inclusion of familiar characters within the saga. In the same year, Johnson said that the first of the trilogy will happen after his film, Knives Out, finishes filming. Yet, Knives Out already appeared and there's no trilogy so far.

Johnson confirmed in 2019 that the film is still happening to break the speculation that it has been canceled. This has been corroborated by the president of Lucasfilm, Kathleen Kennedy, that Johnson would be working with David Benioff and D.B. Weiss for the trilogy. However, the same year, Benioff and Weiss were reportedly no longer with Johnson.

The last everyone heard from the trilogy is a rumored plot that circulated in June 2020 where the trilogy would involve the broom boy that was introduced at the end of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. After that, it's back in the shadows.

Given that The Mandalorian has a massive success, it seemingly changed the path of the Star Wars saga with Din Djarin and Grogu/ Baby Yoda. Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy called it an "entirely new era" of the saga where there are more spinoffs to arrive with Ahsoka and Rangers of the New Republic. With this, the trilogy of Rian Johnson might not fit this new era.

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More than that, The Last Jedi received backlash from fans as regards the plot with Luke portrayed as cynical and embittered and with Rey not connected to the Skywalker family at all. Rian Johnson's trilogy was also left out during Disney's Investors Day where only Patty Jenkins' Rogue Squadron and untitled Taika Waititi's film announced.

This raised more suspicion about whether the trilogy would still push through.

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After months in the dark and in silence, a tweet breaks the glass: Sariah Wilson of USA Today confirmed after her interview with Johnson that the trilogy is still happening and is still in development. Johnson also admitted to being busy with other projects other than Star Wars and the project currently just has no timeline put to it or any date attached to it because of that.

With that, it's safe to say that silence doesn't necessarily mean it's not happening or that it has been scrapped. It could be that the new era has just been given the limelight and the director is just laying low while busy with other things.

It's still happening. Let's just wait and see. In the meantime, Star Wars has lined up various projects for fans and viewers to watch out for and probably keep us occupied until the arrival of the next Star Wars trilogy by Rian Johnson.

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