There was a whole lot of surprise when Bob Iger announced his decision to step down from his role as the CEO of the Walt Disney Company. Iger had been the CEO of the Micky Mouse House since 2005, and the executive had seen the company through quite a number of major acquisitions including Pixar, Marvel Entertainment, Lucasfilm, and of course, 21st Century Fox.
Stepping down from his role as CEO so that he might focus on the creative aspect of Disney, Iger passed on the position to the former Chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products, Bob Chapek. Could this CEO shake-up pose as a concern to the Star Wars franchise?
While it’s understandable for fans to be concerned about how Disney’s CEO switch might affect the Star Wars film franchise, Screen Rant says that Iger will most likely continue overseeing the Star Wars projects that Lucasfilm officially announces between now and December 2021. Sure, Iger may no longer be Disney’s CEO, but he’s still serving as the company’s Executive Chairman.
Not only will this allow Iger to help transition Chapek into the role of CEO of the Mickey Mouse House, but it will help the executive keep an eye out for Lucasfilm. Star Wars is one of the biggest franchises that Disney has, and Iger was instrumental in acquiring the franchise back in 2012. We don’t think that Iger would leave the franchise so easily, especially during this crucial moment in the franchise where Star Wars shifts away from the Skywalker saga.