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"Johnson will introduce new characters from a corner of the galaxy that Star Wars lore has never before explored."

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New Star Wars trilogy from Rian Johnson announced, separate from Skywalker saga

“Johnson will introduce new characters from a corner of the galaxy that Star Wars lore has never before explored.”

Rian Johnson, director of the upcoming eighth episode of the Star Wars saga The Last Jedi, will be working with longtime collaborator Ram Bergman to produce an all-new trilogy.

According to a press release from StarWars.com, the trilogy will be “separate from the episodic Skywalker saga,” and will “introduce new characters from a corner of the galaxy that Star Wars lore has never explored.”

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In addition to the sequel trilogy of The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi, and the untitled Episode IX, Lucasfilm has been releasing one-off “Anthology” titles such as Rogue One and the upcoming Solo. This is the first time, however, that an entirely new trilogy has been announced. Being completely separate from the Skywalker saga is particularly exciting, allowing for the trilogy to explore a whole new world of lore, creatures and stories. It’s currently unknown what time frame this trilogy will take place in, however, or if it will tie into the main saga at all.

A joint statement from Johnson and Bergman was released, saying: “We had the time of our lives collaborating with Lucasfilm and Disney on The Last Jedi. “Star Wars is the greatest modern mythology and we feel very lucky to have contributed to it. We can’t wait to continue with this new series of films.”

No release dates have been announced for this new trilogy. Rian’s most recent film, The Last Jedi, hits theatres December 15, 2017.

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