Exactly where and when in the greater Star Wars universe these movies will take place remains to be seen, but according to StarWars.com, it will take place separate from the Skywalker drama of Episodes I through IX, with its own cast of characters and story, reportedly from a part of the galaxy that hasn't been touched upon in any of the films yet. And it looks like Lucasfilm's Kathleen Kennedy has been very happy with Johnson's vision of the Star Wars universe that Lucasfilm has chose to put him in charge of a whole new Star Wars trilogy. Johnson will be writing and directing the first installment as well.
Since Disney acquired Lucasfilm for $4 billion in 2012, it has rolled out two films, with a third, "The Last Jedi", coming in December.
That's high praise indeed when you consider Kennedy has butted heads with other directors who have contributed to Star Wars in recent years.
Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm, referred to Johnson as a "creative force" and that watching him make "The Last Jedi" was one of her favorite moments of her storied career.
After impatiently counting down the days to a new Star Wars movie's release, analyzing every frame of footage in the trailers, and poring over any information they can find, the one thing that's most important to fans is the answer to the question "is the film any good?"
Variety additionally reported that a liver-action Star Wars television series is in the works and will premiere on Disney's new streaming service, which is set to launch by the end of 2019. "Rian will do incredible things with the blank canvas of this new trilogy".
"Star Wars: The Last Jedi", the eighth episode in the Skywalker franchise, is to open in US theaters on December 15.