Lucasfilm clearly has faith in director Rian Johnson: barely four weeks away from the release of The Last Jedi and the filmmaker has been put in charge of a brand new Star Wars trilogy. Are you feeling the (awesome) disturbance in the Force yet?
The announcement comes from Lucasfilm President and series producer Kathleen Kennedy who made the following statement (via StarWars.com): "We all loved working with Rian on The Last Jedi. He’s a creative force, and watching him craft The Last Jedi from start to finish was one of the great joys of my career. Rian will do amazing things with the blank canvas of this new trilogy."
Johnson is not only set to write and produce the first movie in the new trilogy but will also creatively oversee the development of an entirely new Star Wars universe, working in partnership with producer Ram Bergman with whom he has collaborated on Brick and Looper.
A joint statement from Johnson and Bergman reads: "We had the time of our lives collaborating with Lucasfilm and Disney on The Last Jedi. Star Wars is the greatest modern mythology and we feel very lucky to have contributed to it. We can’t wait to continue with this new series of films."
In other news Star Wars is also headed to the small screen: Disney head honcho Robert Iger has announced the development of a TV series that will go straight to the company's new streaming service launching in 2019.
Quite apart from the prospect of getting a brand new trilogy of films and a TV show, what does this news say about the quality of The Last Jedi itself? Are we about to get the most radical and exciting Star Wars movie to date?