• Sam Catanzaro

What does the future hold for Star Wars after The Rise of Skywalker?

Updated: Apr 28, 2020

With Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker set to premiere December 20th, we cannot help but wonder what comes next in the Star Wars galaxy so far away. With The Mandalorian series on Disney+ bulls eyeing womp rats, critics, and fans; the platform for the continuation of the Star Wars franchise is open to all possibilities. So, what are those possibilities you might ask?

Well what we know so far is that three official new series have been confirmed; Clone Wars Season 7, an Obi-Wan Kenobi series, and a Cassian Andor series. First off, anything that Lucasfilm has done as far as animation has been a work of art and always hits home with fans, Clone Wars Season 7 should be no exception.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 7 will arrive on Disney+ in February 2020!

Second, I do not need to tell you guys how big of a fan I am of an Obi-Wan Kenobi series, just check out my recent article. I think a Kenobi series is just what the franchise needs to forget about certain projects like I don’t know say…SOLO? Third, a Cassian Andor prequel series would be a fresh new spin for the franchise, and this is why.

Diego Luna will reprise his role as the rebel intelligence officer, Cassian Andor. I feel his portrayal of Andor in Rogue One had the right amount of toughness and mystery. Alan Tudyk will also reprise his hilarious role as the droid K-2SO.

Cassian Andor and K-2SO, along with Jyn Erso and the rest of the Rogue One crew, embark on a mission to steal the Death Star plans from the Galactic Empire.

I’m excited by this reprisal, because I felt that the new trilogy was somewhat lacking in droid humor. According to starwars.com this “rousing spy thriller will explore tales filled with espionage and daring missions”. We all know those feelings we get when watching The Mandalorian; like we are space cowboys along for the ride in a universe that is totally against us, filled with betrayal and war, and yet somehow, someway, by the skin of our teeth, we find a way to prevail. I have no doubt that a Cassian Andor series will have those same feelings as well.

It was announced in November 2017 that Rian Johnson, director of Episode VIII: The Last Jedi, would be developing a Star Wars trilogy of his own that would be separate from the Skywalker saga.

Rian Craig Johnson is an American filmmaker. He has written and directed the neo-noir film Brick (2005), the comedy-drama The Brothers Bloom (2008), the science fiction thriller Looper (2012), the space opera Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017), and the murder-mystery Knives Out (2019).

Let me make one thing clear to all you readers, I ABSOLUTELY HATE WHAT RIAN JOHNSON HAS DONE TO THE STAR WARS FRANCHISE! That being said, a new trilogy with him at the wheel from the start may not be such a bad thing, if he has total control. Will this new story be set in the future after the Skywalkers? Or set in the past? We do not know, but one thing is certain, this trilogy will indeed subvert our expectations…*major eye roll*.

Any Game of Thrones fans out there? Yes? Then visit another Website! Just kidding. You’ll be happy to know that David Benioff and D.B. Weiss will also be creating their own trilogy. In fact, Disney CEO Bob Iger announced in April 2019 that the next Star Wars film in 2022 will be the first in this new trilogy.

David Benioff and D.B. Weiss

I used to love D&D back in the early days of Game of Thrones, but I started to see their inconsistency when they began to diverge from the source material of George R.R. Martin. However, I think with a well thought out plot going into this new trilogy, D&D should do just fine. Who knows, maybe the ending will have a three eyed womp rat becoming emperor...*another major eye roll*

Rian Johnson, D&D, now make room for Kevin Feige. The president of Marvel Studios is teaming up with Lucasfilm president, Kathleen Kennedy, for a Star Wars film. Don’t you just love when Disney brings people together? The reason why I’m excited about this project is not because Feige has had huge success with the MCU. No, the reason I am excited, and you should be too, is because Kevin Feige is a HUGE FAN of the franchise. Undeniably, the greatest Star Wars film ever made was Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.

Director Irvin Kershner riding a Tauntaun on the set of The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

The director of this film, Irvin Kershner, was also a huge fan of the franchise. Kershner stated why he took up this endeavor back in 1980, “I was grabbed by the fairytale which Lucas invented and wanted to be part of keeping it alive.” Let’s hope that Kevin Feige’s love for Star Wars shines through in this film as Irvin Kershner’s did so many years ago.

Here’s what I would do

Two words for you: Darth Bane. I believe that the only way to go forward in the Star Wars franchise is to go backwards. There is so much content on the Old Republic and the Sith Empire. My ideal trilogy or series that I would love to see is Darth Bane.

The last surviving Sith Lord from the Jedi-Sith War, creator of the Rule of Two. A master to embody power, and an apprentice to crave it. Bane’s vendetta lasted a thousand years after his death, and would come to fruition with Darth Sidious’ destruction of the Jedi Order. I see Darth Bane as a hero of the dark side; a Sith that overcame the greed and petty quarrels of his predecessors and rose above to have his line become more powerful than anyone could imagine.

For inspiration, I would and most people who have read it, would ask Disney/Lucasfilm to explore Drew Karpyshyn's Darth Bane series. Three trilogy

of books explores Bane's rise through the ranks of the Sith Order. The most surprising fact about "The Rule of Two," is

that future Sith maintained the practice. You would think greed would have convinced one of them to go back to the way things were done. At the same time, greed taught the Sith they could have more control with just a master and an apprentice. We also get to explore the relationship with his female apprentice, Darth Zannah. You get Sith, Jedi, lightsabers, the force, action, suspense, sacrifice, and it all takes place hundreds upon hundreds years away from "The Skywalker Saga." That's a win win win...win.

By the way, check out this fan-made trailer of a Darth Bane movie. Today Hollywood loves the anti-hero, Lucasfilm make this happen!

What future Star Wars projects are you most excited for? What future stories would you like to be told? Tweet us your thoughts at @BTBDStarWars

Sam Catanzaro

Sam has written articles on mixed martial arts, along with his own fictional short stories. He is a lifelong Star Wars fan. He currently runs his own podcast and YouTube show called Underground St. Louis.

You can follow Sam for his takes on Star Wars and more at @SamCatanzaro