When Star Wars: The Force Awakens concluded, fans were left with more questions than answers and likely assumed that the creative minds behind the new trilogy has solidified plans for the next two installments of the saga. However, The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson revealed that while there may have been discussions on the direction of the franchise after The Force Awakens, plans for Episode VIII and Episode IX were not mapped out when he was approached to helm the eighth film in the main saga.
Johnson made the comments on his official Twitter account in response to a fan’s question on Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy’s comments regarding how much of the third trilogy’s story had been planned out from the beginning.
“I’m sure they talked about where it might go early on, but when they came to me there was no mapped story presented beyond TFA.”
Written and directed by Rian Johnson, Star Wars: The Last Jedi stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Andy Serkis, Laura Dern, Kelly Marie Tran and Benicio del Toro.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be released in theaters on December 15, 2017.