Lots of new content was showcased at Lucasfilm’s big Star Wars Celebration panel. We saw the first official Andor trailer, got a sneak peek at The Mandalorian season 3 (read a trailer description here), and a new Disney Plus series from Spider-Man director Jon Watts. has been confirmed. However, there were no updates on the current status of the Star Wars movies.
After the presentation, we caught up with Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy to discuss what’s going on with these new Star Wars films, with Kennedy confirming that Taika Waititi’s film will be next, although no release date has yet been announced. has been fixed. Here’s our quick Q&A with the producer.
Total Film: Star Wars Celebration led to some very exciting new stuff, but I would say there was a curious lack of discussion about the movies. It has been reported that the next movie will now be Taika Waititi’s Star Wars movie. Is it correct?.
Kathleen Kennedy: That’s right.
Is it for 2023?
Yeah. Well, not 2023, but late 2023.
The December 2023 release date?
We haven’t locked anything.
Is the future of cinema still in motion?
Of course, they have always been on the move. As we leave the saga, we have all this great and exciting work happening on the TV side that says so much about where we are going. We want to be very intentional about this. And we’re working with great talent – people who care so much about what the next iteration of Star Wars is and getting people back into theaters, so we can really go out with a bang. It’s important to us.
Do you think it’s maybe a hesitation to explore beyond the Skywalker saga?
So is that on your mind?
Oh yes. We have to create a whole new saga. It takes a lot. There’s a lot of discussion around that.
Obi-Wan will be released next, and there has been such love for the prequels. Will there be more exploration of this era to come?
That’s exactly what we’re doing with John Favreau and Dave Filoni and Jon Watts, especially Dave’s new show, Ahsoka. We realize that there has been a sort of pattern of arrival of a new generation. All the children’s children end up loving the prequels and their parents loved the original movies, and now we have the sequels, not too long ago there will be a whole generation attached to that. It’s always important in Star Wars because it’s a story we’re chasing. That’s how we see it. It’s a lingering story that continues over and over again. And sometimes we can look back and other times we can look forward. And that’s how we look at it when we talk about what these new projects could be, whether it’s television, a movie, and possibly a game. So many people in the audience, they are there, now they go back and forth in Disneyland, in the parks, you want to have a connection to the experiences that you have on TV or in movies or so. This becomes a very broad topic.
Before that, there were quotes from yourself that implied that we wouldn’t see any more recast characters with younger actors.
I never say never. It’s certainly not something we’re doing with any intent right now. We always talk about Lando with Donald Glover, for example, but I don’t think we intentionally go back to certain characters like Luke and Leia and so on and arbitrarily decide to do a story. There would have to be a very good reason for that.
And finally, is there a future for Solo?
There is always a future for Solo!
For more on the future of Star Wars, check out our article on all the new Star Wars movies coming your way soon.