New "Star Wars" characters, trilogy in development

A GALAXY FAR, FAR AWAY (CNN) -- "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" director Rian Johnson is set to direct three more "Star Wars" films featuring new characters.

"In shepherding this new trilogy, which is separate from the episodic Skywalker saga, Johnson will introduce new characters from a corner of the galaxy that Star Wars lore has never before explored," Disney said in a statement on Thursday.

Disney did not provide information on release dates or indicate any details regarding the plots of the films.

Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said, "Rian will do amazing things with the blank canvas of this new trilogy."