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Is this the new Stars Wars trilogy you're looking for?

The galaxy far, far away is expanding further on screen with a new trilogy of Star Wars films outside of the ongoing Skywalker saga, Walt Disney said on Thursday. It will be overseen by Rian Johnson, the director of the franchise's upcoming film The Last Jedi.

Johnson, 43, will write and direct the first of a new Star Wars trilogy that will bring new characters and worlds not yet explored on screen, Disney said.

"He is a creative force and watching him craft The Last Jedi from start to finish was one of the great joys of my career. Rian will do amazing things with the blank canvas of this new trilogy," Ms Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm, said in a statement.

Disney said no release dates have been set for the new trilogy.

Its chief executive Robert Iger also said during the company's quarterly earnings call on Thursday that a Star Wars live-action TV series was being developed for the company's upcoming streaming service. - REUTERS

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