Future STAR WARS Films Won't Rely on the Legacy Characters From the Original Trilogy
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was the first film in the franchise that didn't rely heavily on the legacy characters from the original trilogy. Yeah, Darth Vader and Princess Leia both has small parts to play, but the story focused on completely new characters.
This is what the future of Star Wars films looks like... movies that will focus on new and different characters that won't rely on the characters from the original trilogy. Rogue One co-writer Gary Whitta recently talked about what Lucasfilm's future movie plans are with ComingSoon saying:
"I think you’ve already seen us get 90% of the way there with Rogue One. Yes you see Leia, yes you see the Death Star and Vader, because those are elements of that story and they belong there, you can’t tell that story without those characters. But for the most part, 90% of that story is completely new characters. Completely new planets and places you’ve never seen before. …. The next spin-off is ‘Han Solo,’ that’s another familiar character, but I think increasingly you’re going to see… One of the things we really want to do at Lucasfilm is create a universe and not keep relying on old legacy characters. We’ve got Rey and Finn and Kylo Ren, they’ve already introduced a new generation of characters. Whatever kind of Star Wars films they’re making 10 or 20 years from now, I don’t think they’re going to be relying on the same legacy story elements as we have in the past.
After seeing how great Rogue One was, I'm actually excited about the aspect of seeing new original Star Wars films that focus on new characters. With the standalone Han Solo film, possible Boba Fett film, and the rest of the saga films, I think it's going to be awhile before we see Lucasfilm fully embrace this idea. I think a lot of their upcoming Star Wars Story films will focus on legacy characters. Whitta went on to say:
"I’m speaking purely as a fan. I obviously have no idea what their plans are for the franchise. I did my small piece of it, but it makes sense to me that you don’t want to keep telling the same story over and over again. You want to tell new stories."
It'll be interesting to see what Lucasfilm will be doing with their Star Wars films three to five years from now after Star Wars: Episode IX is done. That film will most likely bring an end to the Skywalker saga, and from there, Lucasfilm can start to really explore new characters in the Star Wars universe.
What do you all think about the idea of Star Wars legacy characters being phased out?