Star Wars fandom was abuzz with excitement during the Star Wars Celebration 2023, with Lucasfilm announcing the development of three new cinematic installments in the franchise. The films will be directed by Dave Filoni, James Mangold, and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, with Obaid-Chinoy’s film focusing on an elderly Rey Skywalker 15 years after the events of The Rise of Skywalker.
Interestingly, the first script for the film was written by Damon Lindelof, known for his work on Watchmen. However, Lindelof’s story did not receive approval from higher-ups and was discarded. According to host Jeff Sneider of The Hot Mic podcast, Lindelof’s script for Rey’s film was set to take place 60 years after The Rise of Skywalker, with Helen Mirren being considered for the lead role.
Despite the intrigue surrounding Lindelof’s discarded script, fans will never get to see it come to fruition. Instead, Obaid-Chinoy’s film will explore the state of the galaxy post-war, after the First Order, and the Jedi being in disarray. The film will depict Rey Skywalker rebuilding the Jedi Order based on the books and what she promised Luke.
There is a lot of discussion around the Jedi in the film, exploring who they are and what they represent. While there is no confirmation on whether there will be flashbacks or Force ghosts, the spirit of Luke Skywalker will be significant in shaping the film’s direction.
As Star Wars fans eagerly await the release of the three new installments, it remains to be seen how Obaid-Chinoy’s film will tie into the larger Star Wars narrative and what direction the franchise will embark on next.