Rey’s Standalone Movie ‘New Jedi Order’ Reportedly Faces Some Scripting & Filming Issues

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Announced in April 2023, ‘New Jedi Order’ marked Star Wars’ return to theaters since 2019’s ‘The Rise of Skywalker.’ An untitled Star Wars film was scheduled for May 22, 2026, a date Lucasfilm only officially confirmed recently alongside the announcement of ‘The Mandalorian and Grogu,’ a sequel to the popular Disney+ series, which is set to begin filming soon.

Steven Knight recently provided an update, confirming his involvement in scripting ‘New Jedi Order.’ Reports suggest the film is currently envisioned as a standalone project rather than part of a trilogy.

Despite widespread rumors suggesting imminent filming, Bespin Bulletin reports that this may not happen anytime soon. In fact, sources indicate that shooting for the movie isn’t anticipated to begin this year at all. This delay is attributed to several factors, with the WGA strike being the primary concern, along with unexpected script challenges.

While there’s speculation about Lucasfilm potentially hiring a new writer for the project, it’s important to note that this doesn’t necessarily imply Steven Knight’s departure. It’s likely they’re considering additional support to assist Knight in refining or polishing the script. Knight is anticipated to stay on board and continue contributing to the project.

Directed by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, the film chronicles Rey’s quest to revive the Jedi Order. Originally, Damon Lindelof and Justin Britt-Gibson were slated to write the script, but Steven Knight has since taken over. Set 15 years after ‘The Rise of Skywalker,’ the story delves into a galaxy grappling with post-war and post-First Order challenges, while the Jedi struggle to find their footing. Kathleen Kennedy revealed that Rey is committed to honoring Luke’s legacy by rebuilding the Jedi Order using ancient texts.

Recently, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy acknowledged facing early criticism for the film but expressed her intention to focus on her work until completion.

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