New "Star Wars" trilogy, TV series in works

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Disney did not provide release dates for the films or any further details regarding their plots or titles.

Rian Johnson, who is behind the forthcoming new instalment The Last Jedi - the eighth film in the Star Wars saga and the second in the sequel trilogy - will create the three new films.

"We all loved working with Rian on 'The Last Jedi, '" added Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm.

"We had the time of our lives collaborating with Lucasfilm and Disney on The Last Jedi".

That's high praise indeed when you consider Kennedy has butted heads with other directors who have contributed to Star Wars in recent years. "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.

"Star Wars: The Last Jedi", the eighth episode in the Skywalker franchise, is to open in US theaters on December 15.

Lucasfilm has revealed that the new trilogy will be separate from the Skywalker saga and will be introducing new characters in an area that hasn't been explored in Star Wars lore.

Additionally, the sci-fi franchise will also its own live-action series, which will premiere on Disney's new streaming service, which launches in 2019.

The franchise has already begun branching out away from the Skywalker family with their anthology films, subtitled A Star Wars Story.

The Last Jedi is directed by Rian Johnson and stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Carrie Fisher, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, and Andy Serkis.

On the TV side, Iger announced in September that two of Disney's biggest cinematic franchises, "Star Wars" and Marvel, would migrate to Disney's entertainment streaming service, which is being positioned to compete with such services as Netflix.