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 Jedifrom 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.