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SAN DIEGO–At a San Diego Comic Con panel held online this weekend, Disney executives announced plans for Star Wars Episodes X-XVIII–three new successive trilogies with a total of nine additional movies in the ongoing Skywalker saga.
“After both the critical and commercial success of films like The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker, we could just tell that fans wanted more Star Wars,” said Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy about the decision to continue the saga. “Audiences aren’t tired of Star Wars yet. And even though we tried really hard to wrap up the Skywalker saga in the last film, there’s always more money to be made–I mean, more stories to be told in this galaxy.”
Little is known yet about the new films, but Disney has revealed some broad plot synopses. The first trilogy, Episodes X-XII, will focus on Rey Skywalker’s evolving romance with the Force ghost of Ben Solo. BB-8 will turn to the dark side and lead a paramilitary tyrannical force called the Eighth Order. But in a stunning departure from traditional Star Wars lore, the trilogy will culminate in BB-8’s redemption and return to the light.
The second trilogy, Episodes XIII-XV, will follow the children of Rey and Ben–not their biological children, but some children who just decided to take on the name of Skywalker. Their oldest, Han Skywalker, will turn to the dark side in Episode XIII, but after an epic battle with the other children, Lando and Chewbacca Skywalker, Han will be redeemed in Episode XV.
The final trilogy, Episodes XVI-XVIII, will shock everyone by revealing that Palpatine has returned in a clone body yet again. Palpatine will lead a destructive force called the Okay-This-Time-We-Swear-It’s-the-Last-Order in one final, desperate charge. This will assuredly, definitely, be the end of Palpatine and of the entire Skywalker saga, with no more resurrections or possible sequels able to happen ever again. Probably.
The sequels are expected to be released every 2 years between 2021 and 2037. Rian Johnson will continue to direct the even-numbered episodes, with J.J. Abrams directing the odd-numbered ones.