New Star Wars trilogy

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

Disney also announced that a live-action "Star Wars" TV series will air on one of its entertainment streaming services, which is set to go live by the end of 2019.

It turns out, Disney and Lucasfilm already have an ambitious new plan in place for the future of world's most beloved sci-fi franchise.

The new trilogy, to be developed by "Last Jedi" director Rian Johnson, would come after 2020.

Johnson will be joined by producer, and a longtime collaborator of his, in Ram Bergman in crafting the new trilogy of new characters.

While The Last Jedi is still a few weeks away, the deal is a good sign that Disney is happy with Johnson's work on Episode VIII. 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.

Johnson, who wrote and directed The Last Jedi has so far become the studio's darling, what with him managing to make the only Star Wars film since The Force Awakens, in which a director was not fired.

"We all loved working with Rian on The Last Jedi", said Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy.

Johnson knows that with great power comes great responsibility and should fans react to his upcoming Star Wars film with lukewarm to cold responses it could put even more pressure on him to deliver with the new saga. "Rian will do unbelievable things with the blank canvas of this new trilogy".

Daisy Ridley's character, Rey, has taken the focus in the new films, though the Skywalker family is still front-and-center, and Rey's own heritage is still unknown.

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