Star Wars - a brand new trilogy and live action TV series have been announced overnight

Rian Johnson must have created something pretty amazing with Star Wars: The Last Jedi if the announcement overnight is anything to go by - he's going to be creating and directing a whole new trilogy of Star Wars films separate from the main Skywalker saga.

Johnson is down to write and direct the first film in the new trilogy alongside his long time production partner Ram Bergman. The films promises to introduce new characters from a corner of the galaxy that Star Wars lore has never before explored.

Fans have already jumped on the announcement with guesses at existing Extended Universe stories that could be revisited, but our guess is this is something entirely new.

“We had the time of our lives collaborating with Lucasfilm and Disney on The Last Jedi,” Johnson and Bergman said in a joint statement. “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.”

Lucasfilm president, Kathleen Kennedy added “We all loved working with Rian on The Last Jedi ... He’s a creative force, and watching him craft The Last Jedi from start to finish was one of the great joys of my career. Rian will do amazing things with the blank canvas of this new trilogy.”

Watch the trailer for The Last Jedi below...



In addition to the announcement of the new film series, we also have news that Disney are revisiting the idea of a live action TV series in the Star Wars universe. The series is planned to debut on Disney's online streaming service in 2019 and will be the first new weekly Star Wars show following the end of Star Wars Rebels which is quickly approaching its end on Disney XD with it's final season.

Despite behind-the-camera problems that have beset the Star Wars films to date, they have all, so-far, delivered in creating exciting new stories with the characters we know while successfully expanding the franchise into new territory. An Obi-wan Kenobi spin off was reportedly in the pipeline too - we're unsure how the formal announcement of Johnson's trilogy affects that.

Before we get to see the new Trilogy, we still have a load of pre-announced films to see including this December's The Last Jedi, next year's Solo: A Star Wars Story and the recently refocussed JJ Abrams return to the franchise in Star Wars: Episode IX which will hit cinemas in 2019. We also know that along with the Kenobi spin-off, there are story treatments focussing on other characters that are, or have been, in consideration at Lucasfilm including Josh Trank's aborted Boba Fett film.

Last updated: 10/11/2017 08:03:05

Star Wars

Star Wars is a science fiction film series created by George Lucas. It debuted in 1977 and the first film was quickly retitled to Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. It was followed by two sequels - The Empire Strikes Back in 1980 and Return of the Jedi in 1983. A trilogy of prequel films were launched in 1999 with The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. In 2015 Star Wars returned to the screens for a new trilogy under the control of Disney with The Force Awakens directed by J J Abrams.

A series of spin-offs were launched in 2016 with Gareth Edwards' Rogue One and 2017 will see the second film in the new trilogy, Rian Johnson's The Last Jedi.

Another spin-off will be released in 2018 - Solo - which tells the story of Han Solo before the original Star Wars film and 2019 will round off the third trilogy with the untitled Episode IX.

A fourth trilogy of films has been announced for release after 2020 which will be overseen by Rian Johnson and they will feature entirely new characters and an entirely separate story.

In addition, there are the TV series The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels and a new as yet untitled live action series due to debut some time after 2020.

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