Lucasfilm’s President Kathleen Kennedy made some exciting announcements during the Star Wars Celebration Europe 2023 at the Lucasfilm’s Studio Showcase. As reported on StarWars.com, Kennedy revealed on April 7 that a new trilogy consisting of three live-action films is in the works, each directed by a different filmmaker: James Mangold, Dave Filoni, and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy.
Kennedy said during her announcement:
“As you can see by all the television we’ve been doing, we’re exploring a lot of different storylines. This really spawns from what George Lucas said years ago, that he created Star Wars to move forward and backward along a mythological timeline. Now we’re looking to broaden that timeline, building a rich future, expanding upon the present, going deep into the past to tell our stories, and we’re thrilled to be working with some of the best and most passionate filmmakers on projects that will span the past, the present, and the future.”
Just revealed at #StarWarsCelebration, Kathleen Kennedy welcomes James Mangold, Dave Filoni & Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy on stage as future directors of three new upcoming Star Wars films. pic.twitter.com/v2os1tdHJH
— Star Wars (@starwars) April 7, 2023
Dave Filoni, a veteran Star Wars director who has already helmed popular projects such as The Mandalorian, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and the upcoming Ahsoka series, will direct a film focused on the New Republic. Filoni’s film will build on the storylines set up by various Disney+ series, including The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett.
James Mangold’s film will delve into the origins of the Jedi, while Obaid-Chinoy’s will be set after the events of Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker. Obaid-Chinoy’s project will also see the return of Daisy Ridley’s character, Rey, as she builds a new Jedi Order.
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