Rogue One co-writer Gary Whitta has said that he thinks Lucasfilm will not be looking to base future films in the Star Wars saga on established legacy characters, in an interview with ComingSoon.net.
The thought process behind this is that Lucasfilm would prefer to tell original stories and develop new characters, such as Finn, Rey, Kylo Ren and Poe.
"I think you’ve already seen us get 90% of the way there with “Rogue One.” Yes you see Leia, yes you see the Death Star and Vader, because those are elements of that story and they belong there, you can’t tell that story without those characters.
But for the most part, 90% of that story is completely new characters. Completely new planets and places you’ve never seen before. It’s a Star Wars movie with no Jedi! "
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