The arrival of Star Wars Celebration has forced Lucasfilm to open up about the franchise’s big screen future. While we’ve heard about the delays to Rian Johnson’s trilogy and Patty Jenkins’ Rogue Squadron movie, it begs the question, well, what’s next?
Speaking with Total Film, Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy revealed that Taika Waititi’s movie, penned with 1917 writer Krysty Wilson-Cairns, is next up on the slate, and it’s coming in “late 2023”. That means the Thor: Love and Thunder director will basically be going straight from the MCU to Star Wars, which is one Hell of a time commitment.
Kennedy has said they were finished exploring the Skywalker Saga, although that’s pretty much what every Disney+ series has been doing in different ways. On the big screen, however, she told Empire that plans are to move forward beyond the familiar era and to chart a new course.
“We’re moving further beyond the existing sequels as we look to our movie space. The sequel era] is what we talk a lot about in terms of where we’re going with our movies, and just how far out from that we’ll go. That’s very much the space we’re concentrating on.”
We’ll see if these plans stick. Lucasfilm seems to be having a hard time wrangling filmmakers to work on the movies and stick to a concrete schedule.