Don't worry, there are more Star Wars movies planned after Episode IX

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Nov 1, 2017, 9:20 PM EDT

With Star Wars: The Last Jedi out in less than two months and a ninth episode revving up in the Skywalker saga, you'll be pleased to know that there is lots more to come.

No one really thought that Disney would pay billions for Lucasfilm only to make three more episodes in the main Star Wars series, plus three standalone movies, and then call it a day, right? Of course not. But up until now, Disney/Lucasfilm has not announced any hard and fast plans for what comes after Episode IX, which is due out in 2019.

Well, in case anyone was even the slightest bit worried, Kathleen Kennedy is here to put your concerns to rest. Speaking on The Star Wars Show, Kennedy revealed that the legendary Story Group -- the secretive Lucasfilm think tank that develops this stuff -- is on the case:

“We’re sitting down now and talking about the next ten years of Star Wars stories, and we’re looking at narratively where that might go. Future stories beyond Episode IX with these new characters — Rey, Poe, Finn, BB-8 — but we’re also looking at working with people who are interested in coming into the Star Wars world, and taking us to places we haven’t been yet. And that’s exciting too, because it’s a vast galaxy, far, far away. The possibilities are endless.”

You can see the full video above. What's interesting about Kennedy's comment is not so much that there will be more Star Wars movies -- because c'mon -- but that future films may introduce new characters and situations to that universe. One of the criticisms of the current group of films is that they are tied too closely to the Skywalker family -- even closer than suspected, according to some rumors. As for the standalone films so far, prequels about the plan to steal the Death Star blueprints and the early years of Han Solo and Ben Kenobi are hardly groundbreaking fare either.

While it seems reasonable to continue with characters like Rey and Finn, who have just been introduced to fans, it also makes sense that the current trilogy would somehow bid farewell to Luke, Han, and Leia (although we certainly wish that choice wasn't forced upon Lucasfilm in the case of the latter). It also makes sense that future Star Wars movies could take place with new characters who have absolutely no relation to the Skywalkers at all. For Star Wars to continue successfully, it needs to take some risks and start telling some all-new stories. It's a big universe out there -- use it! 

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