We're mere hours away from the global release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi and the critics are already calling Rian Johnson's film "one of the best in the iconic franchise." While Johnson isn't directing the next instalment, Johnson is going to be the main architect of a new Star Wars trilogy that will launch after J.J Abrams' Untitled Episode IX hits cinemas in 2019.

Speaking to Slash Film, Johnson revealed how the new trilogy got the go ahead.

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"It came about because we were getting to the end of making this and again, I knew I wasn?t doing the next one. And I had had a really good time not just making this movie, but working with Kathy and also working with Disney, working with Bob Iger, Alan Horn, and Alan Berg. And we just had just a really good experience. And we were all "it was like last week of senior year. We were cleaning out our lockers. And all getting kind of sad. And saying, how do we keep working together.And that I threw out, I said, the most interesting thing to me would be a new trilogy, one story told over three movies. Go new places, meet new folks, come up with a new story to tell in the Star Wars universe. The sky's the limit. That sounds thrilling. And they really responded to that. So we're off, yeah."

No complex pitches, no story ideas, Johnson convinced Disney to make a new trilogy away from established characters on his enthusiasm and enjoyment of working on a Star Wars movie. To be fair, I doubt Disney needed much persuasion as George Lucas' creation is a license to print money, but the decision to move the story away from the Skywalker saga is a bold one that should be applauded. Johnson also revealed that it was very early days in the development process and he's "at the beginning of the beginning of it".

Star Wars The Last Jedi is out now in cinemas everywhere, and you can read our spoilers free reviewright here..

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