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Kathleen Kennedy Continues to Meet With Rian Johnson About Future of ‘Star Wars’

Though it’s been five years since it was announced that Rian Johnson would direct another “Star Wars” trilogy, no more information about the project has been announced. Though she didn’t reference the possible trilogy directly, Kathleen Kennedy did tell Vanity Fair in a new interview that she continues to meet with Johnson.
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Star Wars: Rian Johnson Is Part of Lucasfilm "Brain Trust," Studio Still Committed to Developing His Films

Of all the various Star Wars projects that have been announced by Lucasfilm over the years, one initiative that ignites the most discussions is Rian Johnson's planned trilogy of films. Given that it's been nearly five years since the announcement of those films being developed and with no further details revealed about that project moving forward, fans are desperate to confirm that they've been scrapped entirely or if Lucasfilm still hopes to move forward with them. While some fans consider the lack of updates to serve as confirmation that those plans are being scrapped, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy recently confirmed she continues to have meetings with Johnson about the future of the entire saga, but that he doesn't currently have the time to commit the years necessary to develop such an initiative.
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Star Wars Trilogy From Rian Johnson Confirmed Still Happening But Back-Burnered

Rian Johnson's Star Wars trilogy is still in the planning, but it may be some time before the Star Wars: The Last Jedi director returns to that galaxy far, far away. Lucasfilm announced a new trilogy from Johnson five years ago, ahead of The Last Jedi's debut. While Lucasfilm has revealed nothing about the project, the lack of official updates led some to believe it may have gotten shelved, particularly The Last Jedi's harshest critics. In a wide-ranging new Vanity Fair feature about the Star Wars franchise's future, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy confirmed they still plan to make the trilogy. The studio is waiting for Johnson's schedule to clear up. "Rian has been unbelievably busy with Knives Out and the deal that he made at Netflix for multiple movies," Kennedy says.

New Star Wars report gives update on Taika Waititi, Patty Jenkins, Rian Johnson, and Kevin Feige projects

A new Star Wars report has given updates on films in the works from Taika Waititi, Rian Johnson, Patty Jenkins, and Kevin Feige. According to Vanity Fair, the next project likely to hit the big screen will be Waititi's film, which is being penned by 1917 and Last Night in Soho's Krysty Wilson-Cairns. Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins also has Rogue Squadron in the works, which was recently delayed – the report claims it's "further off" than Waititi's film.

Adrien Brody Joins Rian Johnson’s Mystery Drama Series Poker Face

According to Deadline, Oscar winner Adrien Brody has signed on to star opposite Natasha Lyonne and Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Rian Johnson’s newest mystery drama series Poker Face, which will exclusively debut on Peacock. Brody will also join previously announced cast members Stephanie Hsu (Everything Everywhere All At Once), Benjamin Bratt (Catwoman), and David Castañeda (The Umbrella Academy).

Adrien Brody Joins Natasha Lyonne-Led Mystery Series ‘Poker Face’ from Rian Johnson

One of Adrien Brody's next roles will be in a mystery series. According to Deadline, Brody has joined the cast of Peacock's upcoming series Poker Face. Who Brody will be playing in the series has not been announced, but the project will see him reuniting with Brothers Bloom director Rian Johnson. Brody's previous work includes 2021's The French Dispatch (directed by Wes Anderson), Clean (directed by Paul Solet), and 2017's Bullet Head (also directed by Solet). The series will also star Natasha Lyonne, who will play the main character. The character will be working to solve a different murder in each episode. She will also be an executive producer for the series through her production company Animal Pictures. Joining Brody and Lyonne in the series will be the previously announced Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Stephanie Hsu, Benjamin Bratt, and David Castañeda. The characters that the previously announced cast will be playing has not been announced yet either.

Rian Johnson: I loved Russian Doll so much, I wrote Peacock's Poker Face for Natasha Lyonne

"The most exciting ambitious thing on tv right now, season 2 is a work of art," Johnson tweeted of the Netflix series' return for Season 2 today. "And we can all watch it right now so you know what, life is good. So proud to know this absolute maniac. And if you haven’t watched the first season, I loved it so much that after I saw it I wrote a show for Natasha just to work with her. Which you’re not required to do. But you should watch it."

Every Rian Johnson Movie Ranked Worst To Best

In less than 20 years, writer-director Rian Johnson has gone from cult indie auteur to blockbuster filmmaking brand. Johnson's breakout debut feature, "Brick" (2005), was a detective noir set in high school, praised for its clever reinvention of both genres. As his career progressed, Johnson continued to use genre as a creative constraint and playground, with each film exhibiting the filmmaker's take on a specific kind of movie, such as a sci-fi or con-man flick. Johnson is also known for frequently collaborating with the same crew and actors, including stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Noah Segan, along with editor Bob Ducsay. Outside of film work, Johnson has also directed television, including some of the most critically acclaimed episodes of "Breaking Bad."

The Last Jedi Director Rian Johnson Reunites With Joseph Gordon-Levitt for New Peacock Mystery With Natasha Lyonne

Joseph Gordon-Levitt has appeared in every movie Rian Johnson has made to this point, and that's not going to change as the acclaimed filmmaker heads up a new TV series. The actor starred in Johnson's debut film, Brick, and took on a lead role in the sci-fi hit Looper. He has taken on at least a cameo role in each of Johnson's other films since. In Johnson's new series, Poker Face, Gordon-Levitt is taking on a larger role once again.

Looper's Rian Johnson and Joseph Gordon-Levitt teaming up again for new TV series

Joseph Gordon-Levitt is teaming up with Looper director Rian Johnson again, having joined the cast of the filmmaker's upcoming TV series Poker Face. The actor, who most recently appeared in Apple TV Plus comedy-drama Mr. Corman, will be sharing the screen with Russian Doll star Natasha Lyonne in the 10-episode mystery show. As it stands, the pair are the only confirmed cast members so far.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt reteams with Rian Johnson, co-starring with Natasha Lyonne on Peacock's Poker Face

Gordon-Levitt, who starred in Johnson's 2005 film Brick and 2012 film Looper, will co-star with Lyonne on Poker Face, the series from Johnson that received a 10-episode order a year ago. According to Variety's Joe Otterson, "plot details for the series are being kept largely under wraps, though sources say the show will follow a procedural format and see Lyonne’s character working to solve different murders in each episode. Details on the character Gordon-Levitt will play, including how many episodes he will appear in, are also under wraps."