Star Wars fans will get new trilogy of films

Three new films are planned to add to the Star Wars universe, it has been confirmed.

The films will expand the universe outside of the Skywalker saga - and will introduce a slew of new characters.

They will be created by Rian Johnson, who is behind the upcoming new instalment The Last Jedi, the saga's eighth film due for release in December.

Johnson's regular collaborator Ram Bergman will produce the films.

In a joint statement, the two said: "We had the time of our lives collaborating with Lucasfilm and Disney on The Last Jedi.

"Star Wars is the greatest modern mythology and we feel very lucky to have contributed to it.

"We can't wait to continue with this new series of films."

Lucasfilm's president Kathleen Kennedy said Johnson is "a creative force and watching him craft The Last Jedi from start to finish was one of the great joys of my career".

"Rian will do amazing things with the blank canvas of this new trilogy."

The original franchise has nine films, including the final instalment known as Star Wars: Episode IX, which is directed by JJ Abrams and will be released in 2019.

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