Exclusive: JJ Abrams Producing Star Wars Sequel Trilogy Series

Giant Freakin Robot has exclusively learned that JJ Abrams is producing a show that will be a sequel to the Star Wars Sequel Trilogy.

By Faith McKay | Published

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Right now, Star Wars fans are waiting on The Book of Boba Fett, and eventually, The Mandalorian season three. However, they know that there is a lot more Star Wars on the way. Ahsoka, Andor, The Acolyte, and more are coming soon. These shows will explore characters seen in The Mandalorian, characters from Rogue One, and characters no one has seen on screen yet. The Star Wars universe is growing, but it suspiciously seems like some established stories have been left behind. Now, we’ve learned that isn’t the case. Thanks to some work from one of our trusted and proven inside sources, Giant Freakin Robot has exclusively learned that JJ Abrams is producing a show that will be a sequel to the Star Wars Sequel Trilogy.

Being a sequel to the sequel trilogy should mean that the series will take place after the events of the Skywalker Saga. With JJ Abrams involved as a producer, it would seem more likely that some of the original cast members from the films could return. However, we were unable to confirm which stories they intend to tell. Will it center on Rey? At the end of the Sequel Trilogy, she announced herself a Skywalker and wandered off toward her new future. Will she still be using that name? Or will the story veer away from Rey (played by Daisy Ridley) and focus more on a character like John Boyega’s Finn?

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John Boyega has been open in interviews about his Star Wars experience and it isn’t all positive. He does not like how his character’s story wound up in the end of the Sequel Trilogy. To be fair, a lot of fans didn’t like how that ended up either. Would a series centered on Finn rectify that? Would JJ Abrams be able to convince John Boyega to return at this point? Would he want to? These are really big questions that must be on the mind of JJ Abrams as he moves forward.

At this point, JJ Abrams is only signed on as a producer for the series. He works as only a producer on a lot of projects. We were unable to discover whether he is looking at doing more on this one. With his history with this particular story, it wouldn’t be shocking if he decided to sign on to direct episodes, write episodes, or even become the showrunner.

As the search for these roles moves forward, the temptation to take them on for himself must be there. He let Rian Johnson take over for The Last Jedi and then took the Sequel Trilogy back for its conclusion. Even if he intends to let someone else take this new project on, it seems likely his involvement will level up with time. He’s worked on shows like Lost in the past. He’s seen the success of The Mandalorian on Disney+. It seems hard to believe that he won’t be tempted to do more on a series that continues stories told in his previous work. It’ll be interesting to see who JJ Abrams eventually decides to work with, the stories they decide to tell, and how this shapes up.