Disney CEO talks plans for Star Wars future and Carrie Fisher's role in The Last Jedi
Bob Iger, CEO of Disney, has revealed that the studio has begun work on the follow-up to the new Star Wars trilogy.
Speaking to a group of students at USC yesterday (March 23rd), Iger said that work was underway on the next "decade and a half of Star Wars stories".
He said: "We're starting to talk about what could happen after Episode IX. We've got a creative team actually thinking about what could be another decade and a half of Star Wars stories. It's kind of mind-blowing spending an afternoon with a creative team thinking about that."
Iger also confirmed that Star Wars: The Last Jedi will remain unaffected by the tragic death of star Carrie Fisher, who passed away at the end of 2016, and stated that they would not be adding any digital recreation of Fisher in the new movie.
He added: "When we bought Lucasfilm, we were going to make three films - Episodes VII, VIII and IX. We had to deal tragedy at the end of 2016. Carrie appears throughout VIII. We are not changing VIII to deal with her passing. Her performance - which we're really pleased with - remains as it is in VIII. In Rogue One, we had a digital character. We are not doing that with Carrie, although technology gives us that possibility today."
Iger also talked up The Last Jedi, saying: "I've seen [The Last Jedi]. It's quite good. It picks up where VII left off. We're really excited about it. I can't disclose much about it because that's not what we do right now - until we're ready!"
He added later on: "[The Last Jedi] is just as satisfying as [The Force Awakens] was. We're really proud of it. It's a combination of drawing from the great heritage that was George Lucas's Star Wars but also bringing it to new places with new characters."
Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be released on December 15th in 2017 and has been written and directed by Rian Johnson, best known for his work sci-fi hit Looper.
Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong'o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie and Andy Serkis return for the new movie while Benicio del Toro, Laura Dern and Kelly Marie Tran join the cast.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is out now on DVD and Blu-Ray and the Blu-ray is accompanied by a string of bonus features.
As well as the six deleted scenes it had previously been revealed would be arriving with the Blu-Ray, the package also includes a documentary on the making of the movie titled "Secrets Of The Force Awakens: A Cinematic Journey" as well as a recording of the movie's table read.
It will also include a string of 'making of' features including a focus on the making of BB-8 and the movie's new creatures, a look at the recording of John Williams' score and a feature on the changes made to reboot the Star Wars franchise.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens grossed over two billion dollars at the box office and is available to order on DVD and Blu-Ray on the right-hand side of the page.
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