‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Director Rian Johnson Will Not Be Involved In ‘Episode IX’

Star Wars Rian Johnson Episode IX Colin TrevorrowAfter helming Star Wars: The Last Jedi, director Rian Johnson will hand the reigns back to J. J. Abrams, who is returning to helm the final chapter of the sequel trilogy. Of course, with Episode IX set to conclude the story that began with The Force Awakens and will continue with The Last Jedi, a number of fans are wondering what role Johnson might play in the ninth entry of the main saga. However, Johnson revealed that Episode IX will be developed without his involvement during an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

Johnson revealed that while the film will continue the story that unfolds in The Last Jedi, he will not be involved in the story discussions for Episode IX:

“J.J. Abrams is doing a third movie. I’m not involved in it. They’ll be writing their own story but continuing on with what we did.”

Fans will finally be able to see exactly how that story will progress when The Last Jedi arrives in theaters this winter.

In Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the Skywalker saga continues as the heroes of The Force Awakens join the galactic legends in an epic adventure that unlocks age-old mysteries of the Force and shocking revelations of the past.

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.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

5 Ways ‘The Last Jedi’ Links To Greater ‘Star Wars’ Canon

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Star Wars The Last JediStar Wars: The Last Jedi is right around the corner. The film is the next chapter in the ongoing Skywalker saga. It’s also unique in the Star Wars films as it is the first one to be an immediate sequel to its predecessor. But that does not mean there won’t be plenty of Easter eggs for fans of the greater Star Wars canon to pick up on and enjoy.

One of the biggest criticisms about the previous Star Wars canon, now dubbed Legends, is that ancillary material never connected. Since Disney has taken over and the establishment of the Star Wars Story Group, that has all changed. The modus operandi has been to have everything connect but not in an intrusive way– one that feels more natural to reward the more hardcore fans as well as to intrigue new fans.

Here are 5 ways The Last Jedi links to greater Star Wars canon. Click Next to get started!

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Sebastian Peris

Sebastian Peris

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  • nelson

    I like too see Rain Johnson to direct Man Of Steel 2 or Flashpoint.