In 2015, the Star Wars franchise returning to theaters with its long-awaited seventh episode, The Force Awakens. The current saga trilogy will wrap up on December 20, 2019 with the as-yet-untitled Episode IX, helmed by The Force Awakens director, J.J. Abrams.
Since acquiring Lucasfilm in 2012, Disney has upped the focus on the money-generating Star Wars franchise. and it looks like that's not stopping anytime soon.
As viewers speculate what the Johnson Trilogy (as we're unofficially calling it) will be about, the timing of Lucasfilm's release is no coincidence.
Rian Johnson is the director of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the film that continues Rey's journey to finding Luke Skywalker. Additionally, Johnson will also write and direct the first installment of the new trilogy.
"As writer-director of The Last Jedi, Johnson conceived and realized a powerful film of which Lucasfilm and Disney are immensely proud", a Friday, Nov. 10 news release reads.
Since Disney acquired Lucasfilm for $4 billion in 2012, it has rolled out two films, with a third, "The Last Jedi", coming in December.
While we all love Star Wars and everything that comes with it, it will be interesting to see how fans react to completely new characters having bonded with the Skywalker bloodline and all the familiar aliens we've grown to love.
We're nearly two movies into the third trilogy of the Star Wars saga but Disney is already gearing up for the next three films - and we don't mean the stand-alone ones.
Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy was full of praise for Johnson, saying, "Rian will do wonderful things with the blank canvas of this new trilogy".
The franchise has already begun branching out away from the Skywalker family with their anthology films, subtitled A Star Wars Story.