According to The Hollywood Reporter, Matthew Robinson has been hired to write the script for the next Star Wars theatrical film, Rogue Squadron, which will be directed by Patty Jenkins.
Robinson came onto the scene in 2009 as he co-wrote and co-directed The Invention of Lying with Ricky Gervais, and since then he has written Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) and Love and Monsters (2020). It’s an unexpected choice for the film, as Robinson is mostly an unknown, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a bad thing. I’m just not able to really speak to the decision.
Jenkins, however, is already an established director, having directed Monster (2003), Wonder Woman (2017), and Wonder Woman 1984 (2020), among other work in TV.
Rogue Squadron is set to release December 22, 2023, and explore a new era and new characters as it focuses on the squad of heroic pilots known as “Rogue Squadron.” According to Lucasfilm, “The story will introduce a new generation of starfighter pilots as they earn their wings and risk their lives in a boundary-pushing, high-speed thrill-ride, and move the saga into the future era of the galaxy.”
According to this report from The Hollywood Reporter, the plan is for Rogue Squadron to go into pre-production this fall and begin shooting sometime in 2022. That means that before long we should be hearing a bit more about this film, even though we’re still over two years away. It’ll be the next theatrical release from Star Wars, but there are plenty of different shows (both animated and live-action) coming out in the meantime.