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The Star Wars movie due out in 2022 has its director (it's not Rian Johnson)

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The holiday season and Star Wars season have merged into one epic time period of announcements, premieres, and Baby Yodas, and the gifts just keep on coming. According to The Hollywood Reporter (opens in new tab), Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy has a director lined-up for the untitled and unknown Star Wars movie due out in 2022. 

The story is quick to clarify that this 2022 film is "not the one being developed by Star Wars: The Last Jedi (opens in new tab) filmmaker Rian Johnson. Johnson is allegedly still in talks to develop his own Star Wars trilogy that is entirely separate from the original saga, which is now considered movies one through nine. This 2022 film slot was initially meant for Game of Thrones' David Weiss and David Benioff's first film, but as GamesRadar+ reported (opens in new tab) back in October, the duo parted ways with Lucasfilm to focus on other projects. 

We won't be getting an announcement regarding this mystery film with its mystery director until January. This is probably so any announcements about the franchise's future won't compete with the slew of Star Wars stuff we still get to enjoy before the decade is over: Star Wars: The Mandalorian (opens in new tab) and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (opens in new tab)

As far as who the director could be, we reported (opens in new tab) in September that Marvel's Kevin Feige had met with Kennedy to discuss a future project. Feige has a pretty loaded schedule, however, with a bunch of Disney Plus (opens in new tab) shows in the pipeline, Spider-Man back in the picture, and Marvel Phase Four (opens in new tab) on the horizon. Maybe Feige is a master juggler and can balance both franchises with ease…

Speaking of lined up, we've got a ton of great Black Friday game deals (opens in new tab) lined up for you, and we won't make you wait for any announcements. 

Alyssa Mercante is an editor and features writer at GamesRadar based out of Brooklyn, NY. Prior to entering the industry, she got her Masters's degree in Modern and Contemporary Literature at Newcastle University with a dissertation focusing on contemporary indie games. She spends most of her time playing competitive shooters and in-depth RPGs and was recently on a PAX Panel about the best bars in video games. In her spare time Alyssa rescues cats, practices her Italian, and plays soccer.