The new rumor about the Star Wars universe comes from insider Jeff Sneider ‘s The Hot Mic podcast , and it has to do with Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy .
According to some trusted sources of the journalist, Kennedy risks her job if she fails to bring a new Star Wars film to theaters by Christmas 2025.
They say it seems like Kathleen Kennedy has a habit of making decisions out of thin air. When Sharmeen [Obaid-Chinoy, director of the next film in the saga] was hired, according to the source, it seemed like a random choice for such an important film. She had directed documentaries and episodes of Ms. Marvel , it’s not like she came out of nowhere, but let’s put it this way: When you Google her name, she comes up as a Pakistani-Canadian journalist. There’s nothing wrong with that, it just isn’t the result you’re expecting when you Google who’s going to direct the next Star Wars movie . I’m told Kathleen Kennedy’s job depends on getting a movie out by Christmas 2025. If there’s no movie in theaters by Christmas 2025, there won’t be any work.
Kennedy has been trying to set up new projects related to the Far Far Galaxy for years. Over time, a trilogy by Rian Johnson has been in the works , a film written by Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and DB Weiss , one produced by Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige and written by Michael Waldron ( Loki ), Rogue Squadron by Patty Jenkins ( Wonder Woman director ) and a project written and directed by Taika Waititi. None of these have entered production, while Waititi’s film, which according to initial plans should have been released in December of this year, is on the high seas.
At this point, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy ‘s film , whose screenplay Steven Knight ( Peaky Blinders ) is rewriting following the departure of Damon Lindelof and Justin Britt-Gibson , looks like the only possible candidate for that window. If it manages to release by Christmas 2025, it will be the first Star Wars film to go dark since The Rise of Skywalker came out on Christmas 2019.