While the Star Wars story JJ Abrams helped kick-off in The Force Awakens will continue in Episode 8 and beyond, Lucasfilm is also busying itself with anthology films that will expand the Star Wars universe. Rogue One - which is centred on a band of rebels - will be making its cinematic debut in December, and Han Solo's spin-off movie will start filming next year. There's one particular group of characters, however, that Abrams would love to see get their own film - the Knights of Ren:
"I gotta say Kathy Kennedy, who's running it all, she seems to be pushing all the right buttons" Abrams revealed to Collider. "There isn't something that I'd love to see---I guess the one thing I would say is there's a Knights of Ren story that I think would be pretty cool to tell".
While this should not be taken as a tease for something that's going to happen in the Star Wars universe, Abrams' answer is interesting to think about. Despite it being easily one of, if not the most talked about moment in The Force Awakens trailer we were only afforded a brief glimpse at the Knights of Ren in the film, and Abrams' quote makes it sound like we won't get much more info on them in Episode 8 (although there's a chance we'll at least be treated to an amazing battle scene).
It's definitely a story many Star Wars fans (myself included) would love to see told at some point though, so here's hoping we see it come to fruition.
Directed by Gareth Edwards and starring Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Forest Whitaker, and Alan Tudyk, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is scheduled to open in UK and US cinemas on December 16, 2016.