The second chapter of the most recent Star Wars trilogy nonetheless hasn’t hit theaters, however Disney and Lucasfilm have already laid out what’s coming after Episode IX outdoors of the standalone Anthology entries. Yesterday it was introduced that The Final Jedi director Rian Johnson will “shepherd” a new Star Wars trilogy, which incorporates writing and directing the primary installment. The one particulars revealed about these new motion pictures had been that they are going to be separate from the Skywalker saga and they’ll “introduce new characters from a nook of the galaxy that Star Wars lore has by no means earlier than explored.” That latter portion sounds particularly intriguing, and if Lucasfilm is sensible, it’ll use this chance to enterprise outdoors of the recognized Star Wars galaxy and into the Unknown Areas.
In 2014, two years after Disney acquired Lucasfilm, the Star Wars Expanded Universe, a.okay.a. the growth of the mythology via e book, comedian books, video video games and extra, was dissolved and rebranded as “Star Wars Legends.” Solely the films, the Clone Wars TV sequence (to not be confused with the Genndy Tartakovsky mircoseries) and the Son of Dathomir Clone Wars tie-in comedian e book sequence had been left canon, thus wiping the slate clear for any non-cinematic Star Wars materials revealed/launched underneath the Disney banner to be thought-about formally canon.
Nevertheless, sure EU components have since been added again into the Star Wars mythos, like Grand Admiral Thrawn being a significant antagonist in Star Wars Rebels. The Unknown Areas is one other a type of components that is been reincorporated. Positioned past the Outer Rim, this space of the Star Wars galaxy has largely gone unexplored, which is saying lots for a galaxy populated with a whole lot of unusual planets and aliens. The Ilum system and the Chiss Ascendancy are among the many few recognized points of those areas, and that is additionally the place the remnants of the Empire fled to construct The First Order and assemble Starkiller Base. There’s even a concept that that is the place Supreme Leader Snoke comes from. A number of the new canon Star Wars books have laid out that the Empire explored sure areas of the Unknown Areas, however as of The Drive Awakens period, a lot of the territory past the borders continues to be shrouded in secrecy.
It goes with out saying that it will likely be a very long time till Lucasfilm discloses concrete particulars concerning the new Star Wars trilogy, leaving it as much as followers to maintain speculating on the place and when these motion pictures shall be set, like The Old Republic era or delving deeper into the legal underworld of this galaxy. Stepping away from the Skywalker saga is actually a superb step for the Star Wars franchise. After 9 motion pictures, it is about time that we inform tales that do not revolve round this Drive-sensitive household in order that this universe would not appear as “small.” However going a step additional, venturing into the Unknown Areas is one other smart way for this trilogy to separate itself from what’s come earlier than. Little question there are nonetheless loads of Star Wars planets within the recognized components of this galaxy far, far-off which have but to be launched in any medium, but when Lucasfilm is critical about going into an unexplored nook of the galaxy, the Unknown Territories is prime actual property. By setting the motion there, they will actually delve into worlds, species and different materials which can be bizarre even by Star Wars requirements, no matter what the time interval finally ends up being (I believe it will likely be post-Episode IX).
It is also value mentioning that in relation to unusual territory within the Star Wars universe, it would not finish with the Unknown Areas, as a result of that is a minimum of been mapped, although once more, largely unexplored. The areas outdoors of the Star Wars map is called Wild Area, and whereas The Clone Wars and Rebels have touched upon what’s recognized to be positioned there (just like the Mortis realm), that is simply the tip of the proverbial iceberg. The purpose being that if Lucasfilm desires to actually usher in a brand new period for the Star Wars franchise and comply with via on the promise of this upcoming trilogy, it is best to distance itself from the recognized Star Wars galaxy and journey into the unknown cosmos. It is effective to maintain the standalone motion pictures set within the recognized galaxy, however the principle trilogy may very well be one thing actually particular by shedding gentle on a nook of this galaxy that is been a thriller for too lengthy.
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