“Star Wars: Ep. IX” To Close Out Skywalker Saga?

Just a few weeks out from the release of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” and more evidence is mounting that the next saga film after it, J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars: Episode IX,” will be the last for not just the Skywalkers but the new trilogy characters.

Earlier this year Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said she could foresee movies past the ninth one, but whether or not the Skywalker saga would continue she wasn’t sure. Today, Rolling Stone published a lengthy profile on ‘Last Jedi’ with quotes from both Abrams and actress Daisy Ridley that seem to suggest things are closing up.

Abrams says of his film closing out the Skywalker saga: “I do see it that way, but the future is in flux.” Ridley meanwhile confirms she doesn’t want to play her character after the next movie:

“No. For me, I didn’t really know what I was signing on to. I hadn’t read the script, but from what I could tell, it was really nice people involved, so I was just like, ‘Awesome.’ Now I think I am even luckier than I knew then, to be part of something that feels so like coming home now. I am really, really excited to do the third thing and round it out, because ultimately, what I was signing on to was three films. So in my head, it’s three films. I think it will feel like the right time to round it out.”

That’s a different tune to comments earlier this month when Kennedy suggested that the studio is looking at further films with the new characters like Rey, Poe, Finn and BB-8. Meanwhile a new still of villain Supreme Leader Snoke is up at Empire, and “Blade Runner 2049” director Denis Villeneuve has suggested he’d be interested in directing a non-saga entry in the franchise he tells Happy Sad Confused.