New STAR WARS Movie Will Be Set After THE RISE OF SKYWALKER; Sequel Trilogy Characters May Return

We weren't sure if Lucasfilm was even interested in telling post-The Rise of Skywalker stories, but the new Star Wars movie being developed by Damon Lindelof is reportedly set after the sequel trilogy.

Following some persistent rumors, it was recently confirmed that Lost and Watchmen showrunner Damon Lindelof is currently developing a new big screen Star Wars project for Lucasfilm with Ms. Marvel's Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy set to direct, and THR has now weighed in with some very interesting new details.

According to the trade, the still-untitled movie will be set after the events of The Rise of Skywalker, and while it is not expected to serve as a direct continuation of the Skywalker Saga, it may feature characters from the divisive sequel trilogy.

This is a pretty big deal, as it's the first indication we've had that Lucasfilm is even interested in telling stories set in this era. While the sequel trilogy was successful from a financial standpoint, the final instalment was pretty much lambasted by critics, and the studio appeared to shift focus to pre-Return of the Jedi tales shortly after.

As for which characters we could see make their return, Daisy Ridley's Rey seems like a pretty safe bet. Poe Dameron is obviously another possibility, but we'd be surprised if John Boyega had much interest in reprising the role of Finn after his recent comments.

It's also come to light that Lindelof is writing the new script with up-and-coming scribe Justin Britt-Gibson (The Strain, The Counterpart), but it sounds like there are quite a few others involved with this project!

Apparently, a secret writers' room was formed shortly after this year’s Star Wars Celebration, and included Patrick Somerville (Leftovers, Station Eleven); Rayna McClendon (Obi-Wan Kenobi, Willow); Andy Greenwald (Briarpatch), and, of course, Dave Filoni!

What do you guys make of this news? Which characters from the sequel trilogy would you like to see make their return to the Galaxy Far, Far Away? Drop us a comment down below.

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