Lucasfilm has revealed that Dave Filoni, James Mangold, and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy are directing three new Star Wars movies. Obaid-Chinoy’s movie, featuring Rey Skywalker (/Palpatine), had a much different direction originally.
Obaid-Chinoy’s movie was originally co-written by Damon Lindelof. However, the movie has undergone changes since then. Under Lindelof’s script, it was supposed to take place 60 years after the Rise of Skywalker, with Helen Mirren rumored to play the lead role.
According to Kathleen Kennedy, the CEO of Lucasfilm, the Rey Skywalker movie will take place 15 years after the Rise of Skywalker. The movie will see Rey rebuilding the Jedi Order and trying to live up to Luke’s expectations. While there might not be many flashbacks or Force ghosts, the essence of Luke’s teachings will be important to the story.
Lucasfilm is also working on movies set before The High Republic and between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. Kennedy emphasized that these standalone movies could be linked to other stories in the galaxy.
“When we say ‘standalone’ now, a lot of the storytelling, as you can see in the work that we’ve been doing in television, we start it as a standalone idea and then it’s grown,” Kennedy confirmed. “I think the potential of that could happen in these different eras of the timeline, but I don’t want to make a commitment to that until we really get into it and see how it plays.”