Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy says Star Wars can’t do what Marvel does

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Marvel Studios has been a powerhouse of film production with many films being released yearly. This year already includes Captain Marvel, Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man: Far From Home. Lucasfilm tried to do the same with Star Wars with films like Rogue One and Solo: A Star Wars Story, but the latter being a box office disappointment has caused Lucasfilm to rethink its strategy.

There has been plenty of drama behind the scenes of Lucasfilm under Kathleen Kennedy including the hiring of another director to finish the last act of Rogue One, firing Phil Lord and Christopher Miller from Solo, and replacing Colin Trevorrow with J.J. Abrams for Star Wars: Episode IX. Kennedy has been restructuring the way Lucasfilm has been pumping out Star Wars film.

“I think there is a larger expectation that Disney has,” Kennedy tells Vanity Fair. “On the other hand, though, I think that Disney is very respectful of what this is, and right from the beginning we talked about the fragility of this form of storytelling. Because it’s something that means so much to fans that you can’t turn this into some kind of factory approach.”

Kennedy says that Lucasfilm can’t be like Marvel.

“You can’t even do what Marvel does, necessarily, where you pick characters and build new franchises around those characters,” she said. “This needs to evolve differently.”

We believe that Lucasfilm could use the same approach as Star Wars since the universe is so big and filled with all types of interesting characters. Just look at how many legacy books there are and the video game franchises that came out of the Star Wars brand.

The next Star Wars film is Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, and it’s directed by J.J. Abrams from a script by Abrams and Chris Terrio. It stars Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, and Billy Dee Williams. The film hits theaters on December 20, 2019.

There’s also The Mandalorian from Jon Favreau that will launch with Disney+ on November 12, 2019.

The Mandalorian Synopsis: After the stories of Jango and Boba Fett, another warrior emerges in the Star Wars universe. The Mandalorian is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. We follow the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic.

Taika Waititi will be joined by other directors including Bryce Dallas Howard, Rick Famuyiwa, and Deborah Chow. It will star Pedro Pascal as the Mandalorian, Gina Carano, Nick Nolte, Giancarlo Esposito, Emily Swallow, Carl Weathers, Omid Abtahi, and Werner Herzog.

In addition, Vanity Fair has released a bunch of new photos from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. We also get a look at Keri Russells’ character,  Zorri Bliss.

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