Kathleen Kennedy says 'Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker' characters may well spin-off

Oscar Isaac is Poe Dameron, Daisy Ridley is Rey and Anthony Daniels is C-3PO in STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER
Oscar Isaac is Poe Dameron, Daisy Ridley is Rey and Anthony Daniels is C-3PO in STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER

Watch the new characters turning up in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, because we might well be seeing some of them again.

Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy has said that there's every chance that they will continue to appear in the larger Star Wars universe.

This comes from an interview with the super-producer in The Los Angeles Times.

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Per the piece: “Kennedy said she plans to make key decisions about the direction of the franchise in the coming weeks. But some things she already knows. While the Skywalker saga is ending, the company won’t abandon the characters created in the most recent trilogy.”

Some spin-offs we already know about, of course.

J.J. Abrams, left, and Kathleen Kennedy participate during the "Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker" panel on day 1 of the Star Wars Celebration at Wintrust Arena on Friday, April 12, 2019, in Chicago. (Photo by Rob Grabowski/Invision/AP)
J.J. Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy (Credit: Rob Grabowski/Invision/AP)

Though not from the current trilogy, Rogue One's Cassian Andor, played by Diego Luna, is getting his own serialised show on DIsney’s new streaming platform Disney+, as is Ewan McGregor's Obi-Wan Kenobi.

Cassian's story – considering his fate in Rogue One – will be a prequel series, while Obi-Wan's will centre around his time in exile post the prequels, and prior to Mark Hamill's Luke Skywalker finding him in the desert on Tatooine.

But as for who else could then front their own series or spin-off movie from the current trilogy characters, that remains to be seen (who survives this final episode will be key, obviously).

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Bob Iger, Disney's CEO, recently said that the Star Wars movies will 'go on hiatus' after this final chapter, and while he's also said he regrets releasing so much new material so quickly, it appears that it won't be slowing down all that much.

Despite some luke-warm reviews to start with, there's also increasing fandom growing around Jon Favreau's The Mandalorian, the flagship show on Disney+ (not arriving the UK until March next year), so it's likely that the show will extend past a first series.

Favreau has also said that it’s ‘only a matter of time’ before his Mandalorian characters turn up elsewhere in the Star Wars universe too.

Meanwhile, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker lands in the UK on December 19.