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Star Wars Bosses Say the Franchise's Canon Is Flexible - Here's Why

Star Wars canon is more flexible than it appears, according to Star Wars: Visions executive producers James Waugh, Jacqui Lopez and Josh Rimes.

Waugh, Lopez and Rimes dismissed the supposed rigidity of the franchise's continuity in a recent interview with Inverse. "On some level, everything that is done within Star Wars is influencing everybody else working within Star Wars," Waugh said when asked about the non-canonical Visions' connection to wider Star Wars lore. Rimes added Visions still has to clear appearances by characters from in-continuity Star Wars installments (such as Wedge Antilles) with Lucasfilm, while Lopez expressed interest in continuing each of Visions' animated shorts as fully-fledged spinoffs that exist within their own canon if given the opportunity to do so.

Fans hungry for more explicitly canonical Star Wars stories needn't worry, though. Lucasfilm has an extensive slate of in-continuity Star Wars projects on the way, including a trio of films announced at Star Wars Celebration 2023. The first of these, Dawn of the Jedi, is set in the largely unexplored "deep past" of the franchise's revised timeline and (as its name suggests) will chronicle the formation of the Jedi Order. Director James Mangold described his vision for Dawn of the Jedi in a recent interview, which he noted is inspired by classic Hollywood epics. "When I first talked to [Lucasfilm President] Kathy Kennedy about it, I just said, 'I just see this opening to make kind of a Ben-Hur or The Ten Commandments about the birth of the Force,'" Mangold said.

Lucasfilm Brings Star Wars Back to the Big Screen

The second of Lucasfilm's three upcoming Star Wars movies is an untitled crossover production that will bring three Disney+ series -- The Mandalorian, The Book of Boba Fettand Ahsoka -- to the big screen. The chief creative architects of those shows, Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni, are also on board to shepherd the film, which Filoni recently hinted could incorporate aspects of Star Wars Legends canon. "Clearly, there are decisions that have to be made to fit it all together," he said. "But for us, I think one thing we're in agreement about is that the characters -- as special as they are -- the story has to drive what characters are [included]."

The third and final Star Wars movie in the works is a Rey-centric production helmed by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and written by Steven Knight. The as-yet-unnamed movie will see Star Wars sequel trilogy star Daisy Ridley reprise the Rey role, and chart her efforts to rebuild the Jedi Order 15 years after the events of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Obaid-Chinoy and Knight replace original director Damon Lindelof and writer Justin Britt-Gibson, whose version of the project reportedly featured a much older incarnation of Rey.

Both seasons of Star Wars: Visions are currently streaming on Disney+.

Source: Inverse

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