Current Star Wars trilogy characters will be back, says Kennedy

Ahead of the release of “The Rise of Skywalker” this week, Lucasfilm chief Kathleen Kennedy tells The Los Angeles Times that although the studio are abandoning the trilogy structure for the time being –  and, more importantly, the Skywalker saga –  we should expect to see some of the characters from the most recent film series again – likely referring to Rey, Poe, Finn, Rose, and of course, BB-8.

Kennedy says that by doing away with trilogies “it gives us a more open-ended view of storytelling and doesn’t lock us into this three-act structure,” she said. “We’re not going to have some finite number and fit it into a box. We’re really going to let the story dictate that.”

Kennedy could be pointing to new stand alone movies for some of the characters in “The Force Awakens”, “The Last Jedi” and “Rise of Skywalker”, or spin-off adventures for some of the characters on Disney+, but wont confirm or deny until early next year.

The next “Star Wars” film isn’t expected to arrive until 2022 – that’s quite a lengthy break, considering how active the brand has been of late.

During production of “The Rise of Skywalker,” Kennedy asked Disney’s Bob Iger if he was Ok taking a “pause” on “Star Wars” films. Iger agreed to it to give Lucasfilm more time to develop new movies. The company had been delivering at least one “Star Wars” film a year since 2015, whereas former Lucasfilm chief George Lucas had waited at least three years between films.

“We’re literally making this up from whole cloth and bringing in filmmakers to find what these stories might be,” Kennedy said. “It can take a while before you find what direction you might want to go. We need the time to do that.”

Future “Star Wars” projects include a Skywalker-less project from “Last Jedi” Director Rian Johnson, while Marvel’s Kevin Feige is also said to be developing a “Star Wars” film with Kennedy.

“Star Wars : The Rise of Skywalker” premiered tonight in Hollywood.

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