Next Star Wars movie announcement in January, director signed
Lucasfilm chief Kathleen Kennedy has a director lined up for the 2022 Star Wars movie, which is expected to be announced in January, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The outlet notes that this project is not the one being directed by Rian Johnson (The Last Jedi).
The biggest question is where the Star Wars universe goes from here once the final trilogy of the Skywalker saga ends when Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters on December 20. There are expectations of creating new mythologies in the ever-expanding universe, as recently showcased in Jon Favreau’s The Mandalorian series for Disney+, who may or may not help chart the future of the franchise.
As fans wait for the January Star Wars movie announcement and the inevitable reveal as to who will be helming the film, audiences will first witness the conclusion of the Skywalker saga next month.
Returning cast members for The Rise of Skywalker include Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo and Billie Lourd. Joining the cast are Naomi Ackie (Doctor Who), Richard E. Grant (Logan), Dominic Monaghan (Lord of the Rings), and Keri Russell (The Americans), who will also be joined by veteran Star Wars actors Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels and Billy Dee Williams, who will reprise his role as Lando Calrissian. The role of Leia Organa will once again be played by Carrie Fisher, using previously unreleased footage shot for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
In addition to directing, Abrams co-wrote the screenplay with Chris Terrio (Argo, Justice League). Kathleen Kennedy, Michelle Rejwan, and Abrams will produce, with Callum Greene and Jason McGatlin executive producing. Composer John Williams, who has scored every chapter in the Star Wars saga since 1977’s A New Hope, will return to a galaxy far, far away with Rise of Skywalker.