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Shortly after the trailer for The Last Jedi was revealed at Star Wars Celebration Orlando, questions about the future of Star Wars began to rise again.
Kathleen Kennedy, President of Lucasfilm, had high praise for TLJ director Rian Johnson, and how he is helping progress the franchise. "I love his talent [and] commitment to these stories, and his understanding of the mythology George created," Kennedy said during an interview folowing the trailer's reveal. "It's really something that I think you'll see that he takes the characters [and] develops their complexities. He's not afraid to try things that move us into a more complex universe, and I think that's great."
This commentary should be encouraging for fans who felt The Force Awakens was too shallow and the new characters needed depth. For the fans concerned about Star Wars as a whole and where it intends to go after Episode IX, the questions still abound.
Kennedy noted that the intent is to create more movies after the sequel to The Last Jedi, but was not committal on that those movies could look like. "George always intended nine movies," Kennedy said. "And whether we continue that or not is something we're talking about right now. If the story warrants it, we'll absolutely do it."
When asked whether she had a timetable regarding an announcement over such a monumental decision, Kennedy said: "Certainly by next year."
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