'Star Wars' confirms Rian Johnson will create another all-new trilogy

Disney just performed an old Jedi mind trick on Wall Street

Soon fans will be able to check out Johnson's Star Wars: The Last Jedi when it hits US theaters on December 15, 2017.

The announcement shows exactly what Disney has planned for the series after the ninth film in the Skywalker saga (Episodes I through IX).

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is scheduled for release in December.

As viewers speculate what the Johnson Trilogy (as we're unofficially calling it) will be about, the timing of Lucasfilm's release is no coincidence.

Whether an indication of how they felt about "The Last Jedi" or not, Disney and Lucasfilm confirmed that director Rian Johnson will create another all-new "Star Wars" trilogy.

Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy was full of praise for Johnson, saying, "Rian will do unbelievable things with the blank canvas of this new trilogy". StarWars.com also have the full report, confirming Johnson's involvement as writer and director of the trilogy, with Ram Bergman to produce.

DISNEY on Thursday announced plans for a new Star Wars film trilogy and a live-action TV series as it builds on the beloved and profitable science fiction franchise. After the news that we will not be running out of Star Wars content-or fresh merchandise-to consume, Disney's stock popped back up, hitting above its closing price at about $104, at the time of publishing.

But a new trilogy will go beyond the original nine-film framework imagined by Lucas.

The franchise has already begun branching out away from the Skywalker family with their anthology films, subtitled A Star Wars Story. Following that, Solo: A Star Wars Story, which was directed by Ron Howard and stars Alden Ehrenreich, is a stand-alone movie that will tell the story of a young Han Solo and will debut May 25, 2018.

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