The “Star Wars” franchise is not short on rumors, but one that emerged recently has been shut down by sources at Lucasfilm itself.
That rumor emerged the other day and suggested that in the wake of the announcement of Jon Favreau’s “The Mandalorian & Grogu” film, filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy’s untitled “New Jedi Order” film had been ‘delayed indefinitely’.
The apparent reason for the delay? Creative differences with the film’s writer Steven Knight. The “Peaky Blinders” creator is penning the film which will see Daisy Ridley reprise her role of Rey from the sequel trilogy.
io9 spoke with a source at Lucasilm who nixxed the rumor in the bud, saying the rumor false and Knight continues to write and be a part of the process. In fact, they add that the the company is waiting on his latest draft right now.
Last week’s surprise announcement of “The Mandalorian” movie shot down the long-held assumption the ‘New Jedi Order’ film would be the next one to hit the big screen.
That announcement, combined with darker corners of the fandom angry over the project for various reasons, is likely what led to this speculation.
Prior to the actor’s strike, it was expected ‘New Jedi Order’ was going to shoot from this April ahead of a May 2026 release but the strikes impacted those timetable. It’s not clear when the film will be shot, though it seems likely it will aim to get underway this year.