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"We have a road map" Kathleen Kennedy discusses future of Star Wars

The president of Lucasfilm talks about the shifting nature of Star Wars storytellng

Star Wars is moving away from the trilogy mindset and towards "persistent storytelling," President of Lucasfilm Kathleen Kennedy tells Vanity Fair, confirming the trend many have noticed of Lucasfilm leaning away from their previously successful film-based trilogies and into the season-long television format.

The success of the first two seasons of The Mandalorian on Disney+ and the following release of the spinoff series The Book of Boba Fett has meant that the universe of Star Wars has expanded more on the small screen than on the big in recent years.

After a lackluster performance from Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) and in response to audience reactions to the recasting of characters like Han Solo (originally played by Harrison Ford and played by Alden Ehrenreich in Solo) Kennedy has said, "Now it does seem so abundantly clear that we can't do that." Apparently, this newfound clarity means building a story schedule that focuses on already-introduced heroes (Obi-Wan, Boba Fett, Cassian Andor) played by mostly original actors (both actors for Boba Fett and Obi-Wan are reprising their roles from the prequel but did not originate their roles) as well as creating new heroes (Din Djarin) along the way.

Mark Hamill in costume wielding a green lightsaber on the set of The Mandalorian season 2

While television seems to be where all the action's at, there are still Star Wars films on the horizon, though none are scheduled for release this year. An untitled film with director Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok, Jojo Rabbit) and screenwriter Krysty Wilson-Cairns (1917) and a film titled Rogue Squadron directed by Patty Jenkins (Wonder Woman) are both in the works.

Television, at least for now, seems to be the place to go if you want to watch new Star Wars stories, as Disney+ series Obi-Wan Kenobi and Andor are slated to come out this year, with Ahsoka following soon after.

While you wait for the next Star Wars installment, make sure you've watched all the Star Wars films and TV shows in order. Which order?' you ask? Well, that's the rub...

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Tiffany Babb is Popverse's deputy editor and resident Sondheim enthusiast. Before she came to PopVerse, she wrote for cool places like Paste Magazine, The Comics Journal, and The AV Club. She currently also serves as the co-editor of PanelxPanel Magazine. Tiffany likes stories that understand genre conventions (whether they play into them or against them), and she cries very easily at the movies— but rarely at the moments that are meant to be tearjerkers.

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