Kathleen Kennedy is set to remain in her position overseeing the Star Wars franchise through 2021 as the Lucasfilm president has extended her deal for another three years.
Kennedy, who was promoted Lucasfilm president after George Lucas sold the company to The Walt Disney Company in 2012, began her career working alongside Steven Spielberg on Raiders of the Lost Ark before going on to produce classic pictures such as E.T. and Jurassic Park. The legendary producer has ushered in the new era of the Star Wars sequel trilogy, as well as introduced two of the first-ever spin-offs in the franchise during her tenure. Earlier this month, The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted to present the Lucasfilm film president with the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award.
Kennedy is currently at work on Episode IX, the final installment of the Skywalker Saga, which Star Wars: The Force Awakens director JJ Abrams returns to direct. In addition, Lucasfilm has a series of films in development from Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, as well as a new trilogy from Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson.
Star Wars: Episode IX stars Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, Billie Lourd, Naomi Ackie, Richard E. Grant, Keri Russel, Matt Smith, Dominic Monaghan, Anthony Daniels, Billy Dee Williams, and Mark Hamill.
The film hits theaters December 20, 2019. Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on the future of the Star Wars franchise as we learn it.