Last night, we got confirmation that Lost and Watchmen showrunner Damon Lindelof is currently developing a new big screen Star Wars project for Lucasfilm with Ms. Marvel's Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy set to direct, and THR has now weighed in with some very interesting updates.
According to the trade, the still-untitled movie will be set after the events of The Rise of Skywalker, and while it is not expected to serve as a direct continuation of the Skywalker Saga, it may feature characters from the divisive sequel trilogy.
This is a pretty big deal, as it's the first indication we've had that Lucasfilm is even interested in telling stories set in this era. While the sequel trilogy was successful, the final installment was pretty much lambasted by critics, and the studio appeared to shift focus to pre-Return of the Jedi tales shortly after.
As for which characters we could see make their return, Daisy Ridley's Rey seems like a pretty safe bet. Poe Dameron is obviously another possibility, but we'd be surprised if John Boyega had much interest in reprising the role of Finn after his recent comments.
Lindelof is writing the new script with up-and-coming scribe Justin Britt-Gibson (The Strain, The Counterpart), but it sounds like there are quite a few others involved with this project! Apparently, a secret writers room was formed shortly after this year’s Star Wars Celebration, and included Patrick Somerville (Leftovers, Station Eleven); Rayna McClendon (Obi-Wan Kenobi, Willow); Andy Greenwald (Briarpatch), and, of course, Dave Filoni!