Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige is working on a new Star Wars film, it has been announced.
The producer, one of the most successful in Hollywood history after overseeing Marvel’s multi-billion dollar superhero franchises, will work alongside LucasFilm president Kathleen Kennedy, according to Disney.
The news comes ahead of the December release of Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker, which will bring to an end the nine-part Skywalker saga that began with the original Star Wars in 1977.
Alan Horn, co-chairman and chief creative officer of The Walt Disney Studios, said: “With the close of the Skywalker Saga, Kathy is pursuing a new era in Star Wars storytelling, and knowing what a die-hard fan Kevin is, it made sense for these two extraordinary producers to work on a Star Wars film together.”
Feige has been the president of Marvel Studios since 2007 and has presided over a drastic upturn in the company’s fortunes.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe, which includes films featuring superheroes such as Iron Man, Captain America and Black Panther, is a pop culture juggernaut.
Avengers: Endgame, released to much fanfare in April, is the highest-grossing film ever, making 2.8 billion US dollars (£2.3 billion) at the worldwide box office.
In total, films produced by Feige have grossed a combined 26.8 billion US dollars (£21.6 billion).