New trilogy of Star Wars films coming from Rian Johnson

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Johnson is the director of the upcoming "Star Wars" installment "The Last of the Jedi". The current saga trilogy will wrap up on December 20, 2019 with the as-yet-untitled Episode IX, helmed by The Force Awakens director, J.J. Abrams. A live-action "Star Wars" TV series also is being developed for a streaming service that Disney is launching to capture online audiences, Iger said.

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.

The studio and the filmmaker have struck a deal to develop a new "Star Wars" trilogy, Disney Chairman Bob Iger announced.

Since Disney acquired Lucasfilm for $4 billion in 2012, it has rolled out two films, with a third, "The Last Jedi", coming in December. 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.

The Star Wars universe is being expanded with a brand new trilogy of films, Disney and Lucasfilm have announced. "Rian will do incredible things with the blank canvas of this new trilogy". "Rian will do fantastic things with the blank canvas of this new trilogy", Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm, said in a statement. In regards to Star Wars, the divisive prequels remain a cautionary tale of being careful what you wish for, providing audiences with more of the property they love, but in an (arguably) unfulfilling way. While there is always the chance that Disney will opt to start a brand new original story, there is actually a character already in their arsenal that would make for the flawless character for a television series... and her name is Doctor Aphra.

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