Which, considering the current trilogy isn’t even two premieres in and some franchise directors didn’t get to finish one movie, has a single very important implication – Star Wars: The Last Jedi must be, like, super good. And not just because it’s got Porgs in it, but that too.
With The Force Awakens director JJ Abrams already attached to the current trilogy’s finale (replacing previous director Colin Trevorrow), Johnson’s new trilogy will apparently feature “new characters from a corner of the galaxy that Star Wars lore has never before explored”, according to the press stuff. Besides directing, he’ll also write the first movie.
“We all loved working with Rian on The Last Jedi,” adds Lucasfilm prez Kathleen Kennedy. “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.”
The decision is not entirely unprecedented – original Star Wars: A New Hope writer and director George Lucas also wrote and directed all three of the prequel movies. Johnson’s trilogy can’t be worse than that, so it’s an auspicious start.