"Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" — What comes next after Episode IX?

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Star Wars: Episode IX was officially unveiled to the world last week but attention is already turning to what comes next in the sci-fi franchise

The ninth and final entry into Star Wars' Skywalker saga was shown off for the first time less than a week ago, with a brand new trailer getting its first showing at Star Wars Celebration last Friday.

However, attention has already started to turn towards what comes next for the Star Wars franchise once the next big tentpole movie has come and gone.

In a recent interview with MTV, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy let slip that one of the projects being worked on at Lucasfilm will feature the Old Republic era, set thousands of years before the events of the Star Wars movies we've come to know and love.

J.J. Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy speak onstage during the Star Wars Celebration at the Wintrust Arena on April 12, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois.

For a while now, the Star Wars trilogy being worked on by Game of Thrones' David Benioff and D.B. Weiss has been rumoured to be based on the Old Republic and now Kennedy's comments all-but-confirm that.

Of course, the next batch of Star Wars movies are likely years away after the franchise takes a hiatus following the conclusion of the sequel trilogy later this year, but even so, it's an exciting prospect for Star Wars fans. 

Writers David Benioff (L) and D.B. Weiss accept Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series award for 'Game of Thrones' onstage during the 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater...

Despite there being plenty of material surrounding the Old Republic era, from comics and books to a pair of much-loved video games, very little of that remains in the official Star Wars canon since Disney bought the franchise in 2012.

That leaves Lucasfilm and the Game of Thrones showrunners with an all-but clean slate.

Chances are, characters established in the old canon, such as ancient Sith Lords Darth Revan and Darth Nihilus could well be brought back into the fold in a possible new trilogy.

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Giving Benioff and Weiss a clean slate to work with, but with all this pre-established mythos behind it, could yield some truly fascinating Star Wars stories. 

The pair have already proven adept storytellers as seen in the immensely popular Game of Thrones series and bringing over that ability to create a truly believable world that combines aspects of real life and fantasy into the Star Wars universe is a truly mouth-watering prospect.

Fingers crossed this actually comes to fruition. 

In other Star Wars news, we covered the Episode IX panel at Star Wars Celebration and our coverage can be found here. We also have a trailer breakdown for the newly released teaser for The Rise of Skywalker which can be found here

Are you looking forward to Episode IX and what the future might hold for Star Wars?

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