Disney and Lucasfilm have revealed that the next trilogy in the Star Wars franchise will be started off by Game of Thrones showrunners, David Benioff and D.B. Weis, in the midst of much controversy of the final season of their hit series.
It was revealed by Disney CEO Bob Iger that the co-creators of the HBO series will definitely direct the first of three new Star Wars movies that will begin the fourth trilogy in the franchise scheduled for release in 2022. While it is currently unknown if the duo will direct the trilogy or just the first movie, their history directing grand and award-winning fantasy drama has been proven.
Star Wars is currently beginning promotion of the upcoming third movie in the franchise’s current trilogy, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, which is set to be released this coming December. Disney have confirmed that Lucasfilm will then go on a three-year hiatus in order for the studio to recharge its batteries and come up with new ideas after the Skywalker Saga comes to an end with Episode IX. The break will also allow the franchise to expand further on the Disney+ streaming service with original series The Mandarin and the as-yet untitled Cassius Andor series, as well as the revival of the animated series Star Wars: Clone Wars.
While this new Star Wars movie will be D.B. Weiss’ first cinematic directorial debut, Benioff has had a turn at movie directing once before with the 2005 short film When the Nines Rolls Over, based on the story of the same name. Game of Thrones has made Benioff and Weiss household names, earning them many awards including five Emmy wins and 8 nominations.
Directed by J.J. Abrams, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker stars Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, Billie Lourd, Naomi Ackie, Richard E. Grant, Keri Russell, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Billy Dee Williams, Carrie Fisher, and Ian McDiarmid.
“Some time after the events of The Last Jedi, the remnants of the Resistance face the First Order once again—while reckoning with the past and their own inner turmoil—altogether bringing the Skywalker saga to a definitive end.”
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters on December 20th, 2019.
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