After nine movies in the span of over forty years, is the story of the Skywalkers about to end? In the wake of the Star Wars Celebration, Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy talks about the future of the Skywalkers past Episode IX.
New Heroes in a Galaxy Far Away
The Skywalkers have been at the center of Star Wars since A New Hope. However, the new trilogy beginning with 2015’s The Force Awakens has introduced a new breed of heroes: a mysterious Force-sensitive Rey (Daisy Ridley) who can wield a lightsaber without training, a former Stormtrooper named Finn (John Boyega) and the best damn pilot in the resistance Poe (Oscar Isaac).
Rey has already inherited the Millenium Falcon following the death of Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and, in The Last Jedi, fans will get to see her training under Luke (Mark Hamill). That said, it seems like the first two movie sets up Rey and Finn as the new heroes of the franchise, but is it time to say goodbye to the Skywalkers?
That might not be the case. Kennedy talked to Fandango about the possibility of continuing the story of the Skywalkers after the still-untitled Episode IX hits theaters. Here is what she said:
“I certainly foresee movies past nine. Whether or not we carry on the Skywalker saga… you know, George always intended nine movies, and whether we continue that or not is something we’re talking about right now. If the story warrants it, we’ll absolutely do it. If it actually inspires new ideas, then we’ll probably head in that direction.”
As fans are well aware, Disney has been expanding the Star Wars lore. After last year’s Rogue One, the studio is going to reintroduce Han Solo before he met the Skywalkers. Clearly, Anakin’s (Hayden Christensen) children are no longer the most important people in the galaxy.
Time for the Jedi to End
The new trailer for The Last Jedi has already started hinting that the franchise is heading in a different direction. Luke, himself, declared that “it’s time for the Jedi to end.”
Bringing balance to the Force has been a running theme from the original trilogy to the prequel movies. Anakin’s rise to prominence in the Jedi Order can be attributed to the belief that he was the chosen one. Bringing balance to the Force is what Luke hoped to achieved by ending the Emperor and Darth Vader in Return of the Jedi.
The Force, the Jedi, and the Sith have been integral to the franchise, Luke’s pronouncement came as a surprise to many. But it also makes sense considering that the studio seems ready to move on from the Skywalkers.
As for Rey who fans saw in the trailer wielding a lightsaber and using the Force, some speculate that she (and maybe Finn) will be the first of a new order.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi and What Comes After
Meanwhile, Kennedy also talked about the eighth installment of the saga. She explained that director Rian Johnson was able to understand the mythology created by George Lucas and bring it to new directions.
She also added that The Last Jedi will take the characters into new challenges that “develops their complexities.” Johnson already confirmed in this Good Morning America interview that the movie absolutely addresses Rey’s parentage.
— Good Morning America (@GMA) April 14, 2017
Moreover, Kennedy assured teased that a major announcement regarding the franchise is coming later this year or sometime next year. Disney and Lucasfilm are expected to reveal what other movies will come out after Star Wars: Episode IX and the Young Han Solo anthology. Perhaps, the young Obi-Wan movie will finally be made?
Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be released on Dec. 15.
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