Star Wars fans aren't the only ones excited to see The Last Jedi, with Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy recently sharing how much she's anticipating the final product. Of all the things Kennedy is excited to see, it's writer/director Rian Johnson's story and how he's balanced new and old characters.
"I think he's done an exceptional job of taking these new characters and some of the legacy characters and moving us to this next place," Kennedy revealed to The Star Wars Show. "He doesn't answer all the questions, I will say that up front. But there are certain questions he does answer in a really wonderfully provocative way, and I think there'll be some surprises that people aren't expecting."
Despite Kennedy's direct involvement in the process of developing the story and having a say in the direction that the saga would take, she still sounds pleasantly surprised with the narrative Johnson created, even with that knowledge of the overall structure.
Not only is Kennedy excited for the next installment, she's also excited about seeing where future stories will take the saga after Episode IX.
"We’re sitting down now, we’re talking about the next ten years of Star Wars stories, and we’re looking at narratively where that might go," Kennedy confessed. "Future stories beyond Episode IX with these new characters: Rey, Poe, Finn, BB-8."
There has been little doubt about the saga continuing past the films that have already been announced, yet not all fans knew that the talks about those projects have already begun. Additionally, mentioning Rey, Poe and Finn's futures hint at them becoming the integral components of the saga, potentially leaving the Skywalkers behind.
Johnson's work on The Last Jedi must have been an eye-opening experience, with Kennedy expressing her desires to see even more filmmakers' visions for the saga.
"But we’re also looking at working with people that are interested in coming into the Star Wars world and taking us to places that we haven’t been yet," Kennedy added. "And that’s exciting too because it's a vast galaxy far, far away, so the possibilities are endless."
We'll see Johnson's vision when The Last Jedi hits theaters on December 15.
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