The Star Wars sequel trilogy caused a great deal of divisiveness within the Star Wars fandom, with Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi (2017) receiving the most backlash.
Fans — and even Star Wars icons like Mark Hamill — have taken issue with everything from the mere existence of Rose Tico (Kelly Marie Tran) to Luke Skywalker’s (Hamill) storyline to the seeming sidelining of characters like John Boyega’s Finn. The film heavily features Skywalker, the titular “Last Jedi,” training Rey (Daisy Ridley) on the remote planet of Ahch-To, the birthplace of the Jedi Order.
Lucasfilm’s official description of The Last Jedi reads:
Luke Skywalker’s peaceful and solitary existence gets upended when he encounters Rey, a young woman who shows strong signs of the Force. Her desire to learn the ways of the Jedi forces Luke to make a decision that changes their lives forever. Meanwhile, Kylo Ren and General Hux lead the First Order in an all-out assault against Leia and the Resistance for supremacy of the galaxy.
The movie’s screenplay writer and director Rian Johnson was supposed to be creating his own Star Wars trilogy, rumored to be featuring the Force-sensitive “broom boy” character from The Last Jedi’s final scene. That project, however, has seemingly been put on indefinite hold or scrapped altogether.
This is, perhaps, a combination of the negative press his 2017 film received and the overwhelming success of Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni’s The Mandalorian, which has taken Disney and Lucasfilm in a new direction.
Now, however, Johnson has spoken out about a great Han Solo Easter egg that was included for fans in The Last Jedi. No matter what you think about the film, this is a fun addition. Solo (Harrison Ford), of course, died at the hands of his son Kylo Ren/Ben Solo (Adam Driver) in Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015).
Twitter user CorellianBlue posted:
Am I the last to know that in The Last Jedi, the Resistance wrote “Han Says Hi” on one of the bombs?
@rianjohnson, I love you even more…
Johnson replied with a GIF of Han Solo saluting (during the original trilogy era).
— Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) January 25, 2021
When is the next Star Wars movie releasing?
At this time, it appears that Star Wars movies might be moving away from the trilogy format. Currently, a slate of seemingly standalone films are coming down the pipeline. Patty Jenkins’s Star Wars: Rogue Squadron is set for a 2023 theatrical release, with Taika Waititi’s untitled Star Wars film following in 2025.
Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige is also working on a Star Wars movie about which little is currently known.
Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy previously stated that the future of the studio lay in Disney+ streaming shows:
“I’ve already seen evidence of it. The ability to be very character-driven, with extended storytelling and connected storytelling, I think this space offers us a great opportunity to do that.”
This was confirmed at the 2020 Disney Investor Day event, when 11 new Star Wars streaming series were announced.
What’s going on with the sequel trilogy?
There are numerous questions about what will happen with the events of the sequel trilogy — including the deaths of all three original trilogy main characters — as the Star Wars franchise moves forward.
Rumors about the Star Wars sequel trilogy movies being erased or somehow altered have existed for quite some time, with some thinking Mandalorian spinoff series, Ahsoka, could utilize the World Between Worlds from Star Wars Rebels and others believing the new reports of an entirely different Disney+ reimagining.
At this time, Lucasfilm has not confirmed anything about changes to the sequel trilogy and, as much as fans enjoy thinking about the possibility, The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi, and The Rise of Skywalker (2019) are unlikely to ever actually fully disappear from the existing Star Wars canon.
No matter what your thoughts about Episode VIII are, though, this Han Solo Easter egg is a great find!
Do you like the sequels or do you wish they had been done differently?