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The CEO Of Star Wars Teases The Return Of Rise Of Skywalker Actors

By Alankar Nayak
November 23,2021

Since acquiring the Star Wars franchise in 2012, Disney has had its ups and downs. For the first time since 2005’s Revenge of the Sith, Star Wars fans flocked to the theatres to see The Force Awakens.

The film was an instant box office success, grossing nearly $936 million in the United States and Canada alone, breaking the record for the greatest domestic gross. Until the next picture, The Last Jedi, was released in 2017, fans were enthusiastic about what the rest of the sequel trilogy would offer. The film split the fandom in half, with roughly half of the audience hailing it as one of the best Star Wars films and the other half thinking it was one of the worst.

The Rise of Skywalker followed in 2019, and many fans were upset with how it concluded not only the trilogy but also the Skywalker Saga as a whole. Despite their differences of opinion, practically every fan can agree that the sequel trilogy offered outstanding plot points and characters.

With Disney and Lucasfilm’s focus shifting to Disney+ due to the success of The Mandalorian, it appeared for a moment that the sequels were being overlooked. However, Lucasfilm CEO Kathleen Kennedy just provided an update on the subject, and it appears that there will be more for those characters and tales in the future.

Kennedy teases the return of characters from the sequel

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In a recent interview with Empire, Lucasfilm CEO Kathleen Kennedy discussed the future of Star Wars, specifically what is in store for the characters and stories introduced by the second trilogy. Kennedy stated that the characters from the post-Return of the Jedi era “would live on,” and suggested that they are currently working on continuing the narrative from that era of Star Wars:

“Those aren’t characters we’re going to forget.” They will live on, and they are discussions that are also taking place with the creative staff.”

There’s more to come in the sequel trilogy

Star Wars sequel trilogy characters

Star Wars sequel trilogy characters

While many fans believe that the sequel trilogy had its share of issues, the films did add some incredibly interesting narrative lines and characters. When The Force Awakens was broadcast, nearly all of the new characters were seen as having potential and promise by the majority of viewers. Finn, played by John Boyega, was a stormtrooper who turned rogue and abandoned the First Order and was subsequently shown to be force-sensitive in The Rise of Skywalker.

That storyline point struck a chord with many fans in the final instalment of the trilogy, but it was also perhaps disappointing because it was never expanded fully. Following the events of The Rise of Skywalker, a big segment of the fandom has expressed desire in seeing a Disney+ series based on Boyega’s character learning the ways of the Force and even restoring the Jedi Order.

Poe Dameron, played by Oscar Isaac, has likewise been lauded as one of the best characters in the sequel trilogy, and, like Finn, many fans have expressed a desire to see his storey continued, maybe in his series. At the end of the day, hearing Kathleen Kennedy discuss the future of the sequel trilogy’s characters and tales is encouraging, and hopefully, both the performers and the audience will be given something that exhibits their full potential.