Star Wars Sequel Trilogy Characters Have A Future, Kathleen Kennedy Says
Disney isn't planning to drop its sequel-era leads so quickly.
Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy, who has just extended her contract with the company for another three years, has hinted in a new interview that the world of Star Wars hasn't seen the last of sequel heroes Rey, Finn, and Poe. While there don't seem to be any solid plans for the saga-concluding Resistance heroes yet, it appears Lucasfilm is interested in extending their stories.
Kennedy answered the question about the sequel characters in a recent interview with Empire Magazine. "Certainly, those are not characters we're going to forget," she said of Daisy Ridley's Rey, Oscar Isaac's Poe, and John Boyega's Finn. "They will live on, and those are conversations that are going on with the creative team as well."
Since Rise of Skywalker released to a poor critical response in 2019, the Star Wars franchise has pivoted to explore its galaxy through Disney+ TV shows, including the upcoming Book of Boba Fett and the highly anticipated Obi Wan Kenobi series. Rogue Squadron, the film that was meant to be the next cinematic Star Wars release after Rise of Skywalker, has recently been taken off Disney's production schedule due to conflicts with director Patty Jenkins' timetable.
It's unclear whether Lucasfilm is looking at continuing the sequel characters stories in new films, Disney+ TV shows, or even in animated form. As reported by Slash Film, none of the sequel's stars seem particularly keen on reprising their Star Wars roles, especially if it were produced for the small screen. Oscar Isaac and John Boyega have both said outright that they weren't interested in starring in Disney+ shows, while Daisy Ridley has expressed that she thinks Rise of Skywalker was a "great close" to Rey's story.
It's possible the trio could be recast in aged-up roles, or depicted in animated shows as was done with the prequel trilogy-adjacent Clone Wars in 2008. In fact, Poe Dameron has already appeared as a supporting character in the Star Wars: Resistance animated show, which also featured the likes of General Hux, Captain Phasma, and even General Leia.