Three new Star Wars movies have been announced by Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy at the Star Wars Celebration Europe 2023. The news comes as a bit of a surprise after it was recently revealed that the Patty Jenkins Rogue Squadron project, along with an untitled film from Marvel’s Kevin Feige, had both been shelved. It appears that Kathleen Kennedy is flexing her presidential muscle and greenlit other projects instead.
The official announcement (via StarWars.com)
“As you can see by all the television we’ve been doing, we’re exploring a lot of different storylines. This really spawns from what George Lucas said years ago, that he created Star Wars to move forward and backward along a mythological timeline,” Kennedy said. “Now we’re looking to broaden that timeline, building a rich future, expanding upon the present, going deep into the past to tell our stories, and we’re thrilled to be working with some of the best and most passionate filmmakers on projects that will span the past, the present, and the future.”
It is said that veteran Star Wars showrunner Dave Filoni will be helming a film focused on the New Republic which will tie together the interconnected stories covered in The Mandalorian, Book of Boba Fett, and the forthcoming Ahsoka series. Fans of Dave Filoni should be able to breathe a sigh of relief as he has largely received praise for his work with Rebels and The Clone Wars and his handling of Star Wars canon.
There is presently less known about the project that James Mangold (Logan, Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny, Ford v Ferrari) is taking on other than that it will take place at the beginning, or dawn, of the Jedi. Lastly, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy (Ms. Marvel, Saving Face) will bring back Daisy Ridley as Rey in a follow-up to Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker. Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson was previously hoping to do another trilogy following the conclusion of the most recent one but that too now appears to have been scrapped.