‘Star Wars’ announces three new films and Daisy Ridley’s return
New ‘Star Wars’ films are on the way as Ridley is set to reprise her role as Rey.
Star Wars Celebration is an annual event where fans gather to celebrate the franchise. This year, it was held in London where Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy announced three new films.
Ridley reprises her role
Daisy Ridley played Rey in ‘The Force Awakens’, ‘The Last Jedi’ and ‘The Rise of Skywalker’. One of the three movies announced will center around Rey the Jedi Master as she builds a new Jedi Order.
The official ‘Star Wars’ Twitter account relayed the news with a video of Ridley surprising fans on stage and a caption that reads, “Welcome home, Daisy.”
The film will be directed by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy who worked on Marvel’s ‘Ms.Marvel’ and won two Academy Awards for the documentary shorts of 2011′s ‘Saving Face’ and 2015′s ‘A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness.’
British screenwriter Steven Knight, best known for his work on ‘Peaky Blinders’, is set to write the script.
It’ll be “set in a Jedi academy with a powerful Jedi master,” Obaid-Chinoy said, referring to Rey.
The second film
James Mangold, who directed the upcoming ‘Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny’ was revealed to be the director on a new ‘Star Wars’ movie alongside Dave Filoni who was executive producer on ‘The Mandalorian’ and ‘Ahsoka’.
“I’m just excited to make a movie,” Filoni said.
The third film
Though not mentioned during the celebration, an untitled ‘Star Wars’ feature still has ‘Jojo Rabbit’ director Taika Waititi and ‘Stranger Things’ director Shawn Levy attached to the project.
The future of ‘Star Wars’
After ‘The Rise of Skywalker’ was poorly received by both fans and critics alike in 2019, the franchise shifted their focus to television series like ‘The Mandalorian’, ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’, ‘Andor’ and ‘The Book of Boba Fett’, including upcoming shows like ‘Ahsoka’, ‘Skeleton Crew’ and ‘The Acolyte’.
Now it seems that the franchise is ready to try again in the film department.