Total Film was able to grab a quick interview with Kathleen Kennedy on Day 1 of Star Wars Celebration 2022, and while there were no huge revelations from the quick chat, TF was able to get some information out of Kennedy about the future of Star Wars films and some clarity around some of her previous quotes about recasting older characters. Check out some choice quotes from the interview below.

Total Film: Star Wars Celebration has led to some very exciting new, but I would say there was a curious lack of talk about the movies. There were reports that the next movie will now be Taika Waititi’s Star Wars film. Is that correct?

Kathleen Kennedy: That’s correct. 

Is that aiming for 2023?

Yeah. Well, not 2023, but late 2023.

TF: The future of the movies is still in movement?

KK: Of course, they’ve been in movement all along. As we leave the saga, we have all this great, exciting work happening on the television side that informs so much about where we’re going. We want to be very intentional about that. And we have great talent that we’re working with – people who care so deeply about what the next iteration of Star Wars is and about getting people back into movie theatres, so we can really come out with a bang. That’s important to us.

TF: There were some quotes before this from yourself implying that we won’t see any more characters recast with younger actors. 

KK: I never say never. It’s certainly not something that we’re doing with any intention right now. We’re still talking about Lando with Donald Glover, for instance, but I don’t think we would intentionally just look back at some of the characters like Luke and Leia and whatnot and decide arbitrarily to do a story. There would have to be a really strong reason why.

TF: And finally, is there a future for Solo?

KK: There’s always a future for Solo!

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