It probably doesn't surprise you to hear that Disney and Lucasfilm plan to keep making movies past Star Wars 9, but this might: the Skywalker saga may keep going, too. The triumphs and tragedies of the Skywalker family have elevated the Star Wars trilogies above side stories like Rogue One and Star Wars Rebels. Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy told Fandango that doesn't have to end with the third trilogy if it makes sense to tell more Skywalker tales.
“I certainly foresee movies past nine,” Kennedy said. “Whether or not we carry on the Skywalker saga… you know, George [Lucas] always intended nine movies, and whether we continue that or not is something we’re talking about right now. If the story warrants it, we'll absolutely do it. If it actually inspires new ideas, then we’ll probably head in that direction. We just don’t know yet."
As usual, this leaves us with more questions than answers. If the Skywalker story continues, could that mean a fourth trilogy? Would the film(s) take place after Star Wars 9, or head the other direction, possibly before the start of the prequel trilogy? Anakin's mother Shmi claimed her child had no father (and was basically an immaculate Force conception) but that's always sounded like a load of bantha fodder to me. That part of the story has some room to expand if Lucasfilm wants to leave Star Wars 9 as the final word, chronologically speaking.
Oooh, or how cool would a Young Leia movie be, living her double life as an Alderaanian noble and early supporter of the Rebellion? It's about time the princess got her own Skywalker story to shine in.
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