Lucasfilm has revealed that Star Wars: Episode IX won’t be the end for characters introduced in The Force Awakens.
On the weekly Star Wars Show web series, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy discussed the future of Star Wars and some of the franchise’s characters, revealing that the studio wants to continue the stories of Rey, Finn, Poe, and others.
“We’re sitting down now, we’re talking about the next 10 years of Star Wars stories, and we’re looking at, narratively, where they might go,” Kennedy said. “Future stories beyond Episode IX with these new characters: Rey, Poe, Finn, BB-8 — but we’re also looking at working with people who are interested in coming into the Star Wars world and taking us places we haven’t been yet. That’s exciting too, because it’s a vast galaxy far, far away.”
Kennedy’s statements would seem to imply that the aforementioned characters all survive beyond the conclusion of Episode IX. That being said, the Anthology films could take place at any point in the franchise’s timeline, meaning that someone like Poe Dameron could die in Episode IX and we could still get a movie exploring his early years down the road.
We’ll find out what’s in store for each of these characters in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which hits theaters on December 15.