We have been wondering what the future of Star Wars holds after this latest trilogy wraps up, and apparently it involves Rian Johnson and no Skywalkers! StarWars.com has just announced that Rian Johnson will be helming a new Star Wars trilogy focusing on characters not yet explored in the Star Wars universe.

Lucasfilm is excited to announce that Johnson will create a brand-new Star Wars trilogy, the first of which he is also set to write and direct, with longtime collaborator Ram Bergman onboard to produce. 

As writer-director of The Last Jedi, Johnson conceived and realized a powerful film of which Lucasfilm and Disney are immensely proud. In shepherding this new trilogy, which is separate from the episodic Skywalker saga, Johnson will introduce new characters from a corner of the galaxy that Star Wars lore has never before explored.

“We all loved working with Rian on The Last Jedi,” said Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm. “He’s a creative force, and watching him craft The Last Jedi from 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.”

“We had the time of our lives collaborating with Lucasfilm and Disney on The Last Jedi,” Johnson and Bergman said in a joint statement. “Star Wars is the greatest modern mythology and we feel very lucky to have contributed to it. We can’t wait to continue with this new series of films.”

So what could this mean? We might get a hint of something when we actually get to see Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Obviously Johnson left quite the impression on Kennedy and the gang. Perhaps it will be based on ideas that might have been left on the cutting room floor, or perhaps it could be based on something entirely new that he has dreamed up.

It might be interesting to separate this from the Force, and go in a totally different direction. What are you looking for in a Skywalker-less Star Wars trilogy? Leave your thoughts in the appropriate places!