It didn’t take long for the Internet to react to the news that Star Wars: The Last Jedi writer-director Rian Johnson is set to direct a brand spanking new film trilogy set within the Star Wars Universe.
In fact, the Force fully awakened on Twitter Friday, as fans erupted with excitement over the project, which has been ordered by Disney and Lucasfilm. And who can blame them!
Lucasfilm has confirmed that Johnson will "introduce new characters from a corner of the galaxy that Star Wars lore has never before explored." And naturally, the fan community expressed just how epic this news is by use of some very funny GIFs.
Aside from the intial excitement, the announcement has already seen the beginning of a plethora of fan theories. One fan tweeted: "Rian Johnson's Star Wars Trilogy is going to be set 100 years after Episode IX and will tell the epic story of one Porg’s quest to become a Jedi and initiate a new generation of all-Porg Jedi Knights."
According to Variety, Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm, praised Johnson for his work on The Last Jedi, noting that he's the perfect candidate to take on this new challenge. “He’s a creative force, and watching him craft The Last Jedi from start to finish was one of the great joys of my career," Kennedy said. "Rian will do amazing things with the blank canvas of this new trilogy.”
Johnson's Star Wars: The Last Jedi will hit theatres this year on Dec. 15.
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