Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy admits to EW that the other “Star Wars” anthology movie they had been developing, the one with a script by Simon Kinberg and which Josh Trank was slated to direct, is still very much active.
The film was originally slated to open in 2018 between “Star Wars: Episode VIII” and “Star Wars: Episode IX”. That slot has now been taken by the young Han Solo film, likely pushing back this one by two years.
Despite the delay, Kennedy says there nearly was the same sort of proof-of-concept teaser trailer shown for the film at Star Wars Celebration this year as there was for “Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One”. She adds that everyone remains committed to the project:
“It’s still one of the stories that we absolutely want to tell. There is a lot of innovative technology in and around what it is we’re doing with that story, so for a lot of reasons, we were comfortable postponing that. But we’re definitely still developing it.”
In related news, Chinese actor Jiang Wen (“Red Sorghum,” “Let the Bullets Fly”) is rumored to be the latest addition to the cast of Gareth Edwards’ “Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One” according to Yahoo Singapore.
If true he would join a cast that includes Riz Ahmed, Diego Luna, Jonathan Aris, Forest Whitaker and potentially Ben Mendelsohn and Sam Claflin. Filming on the project is now underway in the UK ahead of a late 2016 release.