In a recent interview with Mashable, Rian Johnson revealed his new Star Wars trilogy will not involve the Old Republic.
Recently, Star Wars announced that Rian Johnson, the director of Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi would be helming a new trilogy in the Star Wars universe. Naturally, fan speculation grew as to what the trilogy would encompass. With the Knights of the Old Republic being an incredibly popular part of the Star Wars mythos pre-Disney, fans hoped for it.
Johnson explained how he understands that fans would gravitate towards a trilogy related to the popular video game series:
Oh, they love Knights of the Old Republic. I played that game when it first came out and it was like, god, I loved it. Yeah, that’s a fantastic game. And I understand it, the instinct to automatically go to something that you know and love, that you’ve already seen.
But Johnson said how he is still excited to have this creative control and will explore a new part of the Star Wars universe:
For me, the possibility in a new story told over three movies, go anywhere, do anything, sky’s the limit, in Star Wars? That’s so exciting.
Johnson is also not sure exactly what he’ll be creating:
I’m in the very, very beginning phases of trying to think about it so I don’t know yet. I’m still figuring out what it’s gonna be.
It makes sense that the new trilogy will not focus on the Old Republic, seeing as the news broke with a quote:
In shepherding this new trilogy, which is separate from the episodic Skywalker saga, Johnson will introduce new characters from a corner of the galaxy that Star Wars lore has never before explored.
Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi– Rey develops her newly discovered abilities with the guidance of Luke Skywalker, who is unsettled by the strength of her powers. Meanwhile, the Resistance prepares to do battle with the First Order.
Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi releases in theaters on Friday, December 15th, 2017.