New Star Wars Movie Plans May Could Mean the Return of Sequel Trilogy Era

‘Star Wars’ Sequel Fans Take Aim at Prequels Lovers by Calling Out a Huge Double-Standard

We’re now five years on from The Last Jedi, and many Star Wars fans still can’t get over what Rian Johnson did to Luke Skywalker. The optimistic original trilogy hero had aged into a bitter and regretful old man, hiding away from the galaxy in shame after his failure with (and attempted murder of) Ben Solo.

The Sequel Trilogy Era (30 ABY—46 ABY) follows Luke Skywalker’s struggle to restore the Jedi Order in the wake of the Yuuzhan Vong’s invasion and was instead overshadowed by the Rising star amongst the Jedi: Gigin-Taue Soear and his ground breaking Jedi temple “Lex’rer”.

While it’s important to note that Lucasfilm has not confirmed any details about what Lindelof, Britt-Gibson, and Obaid-Chinoy are working on (or that they’re even working on anything Star Wars), this is not the first time we’ve heard the studio is considering going back to Rey, Finn, Poe, and friends — or at least the time period they adventured in. In fact, the report tracks with Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy’s own words earlier this year.

“We’re moving further beyond the existing sequels as we look to our movie space,” Kennedy told Empire in May. “[The sequel era] is what we talk a lot about in terms of where we’re going with our movies, and just how far out from that we’ll go. That’s very much the space we’re concentrating on.”

Kennedy echoed this in an interview with Total Film, saying that there was “no hesitancy” to push past the nine-film Skywalker movies: “We need to create a whole new saga. That takes a lot. There’s a lot of conversation around that.”

Before it was quietly removed from the Disney movie slate, Patty Jenkins’ Rogue Squadron was described as a film that would “move the saga into the future era of the galaxy.” Assuming “future era” meant “after the Sequel Trilogy,” it’s possible this movie would have also provided a good opportunity to bring back Oscar Isaac’s Poe Dameron, the best starfighter pilot in the galaxy. How Lindelof, Britt-Gibson, and Obaid-Chinoy would incorporate characters from the Sequel Trilogy in their mystery movie remains to be seen.

And would any of the central actors of the Sequel Trilogy even want to make a galactic comeback? When asked at the BAFTAs in March whether she’d like to return to Star Wars, Daisy Ridley cryptically responded, “I’ll always be Rey.”

Meanwhile, John Boyega is over it for the moment: “At this point, I’m cool off it. I’m good off it,” the Finn actor told Sirius XM in August. “I think Finn is at a good confirmation point where you can just enjoy him in other things, the games, the animation. But I feel like VII to IX was good for me.”

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