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Star Wars fans will get new trilogy of films

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The latest trailer was played during the final World Series baseball. Pic: Walt Disney / Lucas Film © Other The latest trailer was played during the final World Series baseball. Pic: Walt Disney / Lucas Film Three new films are planned to add to the Star Wars universe, it has been confirmed.

The films will introduce 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.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 17: Rian Johnson, director of Star Wars Episode VIII, on stage during Future Directors Panel at the Star Wars Celebration 2016 at ExCel on July 17, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images for Walt Disney Studios) © Getty LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 17: Rian Johnson, director of Star Wars Episode VIII, on stage during Future Directors Panel at the Star Wars Celebration 2016 at ExCel on July 17, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images for Walt Disney Studios) 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."

Britain's Prince Harry (R) meets Chewbacca during a visit to the Star Wars film set at Pinewood Studios near Iver Heath, west of London April 19, 2016 © Getty Britain's Prince Harry (R) meets Chewbacca during a visit to the Star Wars film set at Pinewood Studios near Iver Heath, west of London April 19, 2016 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.

Related: Rian Johnson To Start New Star Wars Trilogy (Provided by Wochit Entertainment)

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