Kathleen Kennedy and JJ Abrams

Continuing my coverage from the Star Wars: The Force Awakens junket, today I bring you Lucasfilm chief Kathleen Kennedy, who helps to explain how the Star Wars anthology movies (i.e., the “A Star Wars Story” films) will be different from the Star Wars Saga movies. Along the way we might even learn something about the rumored Boba Fett movie. Hit the jump and learn how the Star Wars standalone movies will be different.

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The Saga Films Will Focus on the Skywalker Story

Kathleen Kennedy explains that “the Saga films are primarily the soap opera centered around the Skywalker family.” This isn’t very surprising, as it’s something she has said before. And yes, aside from the old Legacy characters (Luke Skywalker and General Leia) we don’t yet know who else might be of Skywalker descent in the new film.

Some fans have speculated that Finn and/or Rey must be Skywalker descendants. However, as recently as the Force Awakens press conference, John Boyega has strongly hinted that we may not even find out the heritage of the two main characters Finn and Rey, at least in this film.

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The “Star Wars Story” Movies Will Be Genre Stories

Something I’ve never seen stated before is the fact that the Star Wars Story films will actually be tackling various genre stories set within the Star Wars universe. Kennedy told me “the standalone films can be a wide variety of genres inside the Star Wars universe.”

When asked if Rogue One was Lucasfilm’s heist movie, Kennedy said, “It is to a certain extent.” This is kind of like the approach that Marvel Studios has been taking with their films, with Winter Soldier being a conspiracy thriller and Ant-Man being a comedic heist film.


Star Wars Standalone Movies Will Be Different From Marvel Movies

But Kennedy is only willing to entertain the comparison only so far:

It is definitely in the genre thinking but Star Wars is very different than Marvel in that they basically build their stories around characters, and then they seed those characters in different stories. Star Wars, you know, is a place, it’s a universe, so those stories are constructed a little differently than Marvel.


Each Movie Can Have Its Own Sensibilities

With the Star Wars Saga movies there is an established feel, tone, and look which can’t be veered from too much. But like the animated series, the Star Wars Story standalone movies can have their own unique feel. Kennedy explained that was the reason for the filmmakers they have hired thus far:

They are really being designed as standalone movies which is fantastic for the filmmakers we bring in, and the actors we hire, because it’s a different sensibility.

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