The future of “Star Wars” is coming into sharper focus: Daisy Ridley’s Rey will be the centerpiece of the first “Star Wars” feature film since 2019’s “The Rise of Skywalker,” Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy announces at Star Wars Celebration. in London. Friday. Charmaine Obaid-Chinoy (Ms. Marvel) will direct from a script by Stephen Knight (Peaky Blinders). The film follows the events of “Rise of Skywalker,” and will focus on Rey as she builds the new Jedi Order.
The project marks several milestones for the franchise: Obaid-Chinoy is the first woman and first person of color to direct a Star Wars film. The Pakistani filmmaker has won two Oscars for a short documentary, in 2011 for Save Face and in 2015 for Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness, and most recently directed two episodes of Ms. Marvel” for Disney +.
Getting to this point was much bumpier than successfully navigating an asteroid field for Lucasfilm. Knight stepped in to write the film after original screenwriters Damon Lindelof (HBO Watch) and Justin Brett Gibson (“Counterpart”) left the project in February — the latest example of high-profile creatives leaving “Star Wars” the project months (or even years) after reporting. about their participation for the first time.
In December 2020, Kennedy announced that director Patty Jenkins would helm the first post-“Rise of Skywalker” film, titled “Star Wars: Rogue Squadron.” It was originally slated to open in December 2023, but after years of no progress on the project, Disney pulled the film from its September schedule. in March , diverse stated that it is no longer in active development at Lucasfilm.
A similar fate befell the untitled “Star Wars” movie produced by Kevin Feige, president of Lucasfilm’s sister company Marvel Studios. News of Feige’s involvement broke in September 2019, and the project appeared to be active until May 2022. But sources said diverse Lucasfilm has since shelved the project and it is no longer in active development.
Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok) is also developing a “Star Wars” feature that he’ll direct and star in, and Shawn Levy is still attached to direct a “Star Wars” movie after his work on Marvel’s Deadpool 3 and the Netflix limited series “All the Light That Doesn’t.” We can see it.”
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