Rian Johnson’s ‘Star Wars’ Trilogy Is Still Happening…At Some Point

When Rian Johnson’s Star Wars trilogy was announced three years ago, the franchise was in a completely different place. Solo and The Rise of Skywalker had yet to sour fans on the future, and The Mandalorian was still a couple of years away from making people excited about what Disney could do on Disney+. We’ve heard almost nothing about what Johnson has in store in the time since, but his movies aren’t canceled as many assumed.

Author and Star Wars fan Sariah Wilson won a charity auction and the chance to have a Zoom chat with Johnson. Lucky for us, she took the chance to ask him straight-up about his trilogy and whether it was still happening. Turns out, yep, it is, only it could be a while before we see it.

Although I doubt Johnson is lying about any of this, take his optimism with a grain of salt. I’m sure he has every intention to move forward on his non-Skywalker Saga trilogy, but the fact remains that Lucasfilm seems to have moved on. They’ve already got films in the works from Patty Jenkins, Taika Waititi, and even Marvel’s Kevin Feige, but have they said ANYTHING about Johnson? Nope.

One more thing, Wilson got Johnson to confirm that Kylo Ren and Rey were definitely meant to be a romantic pair, as we saw in The Last Jedi and was basically retconned away in The Rise of Skywalker.



Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.