“It’s coming along, it’s nice to have some time to focus on it,” Waldron says. “And it’s fun to get to do something that feels fresh and original, and I’m excited to work with Kevin again, and with the team at Lucasfilm. And I love Star Wars. So it’s a blast.”
The keyword here is “fresh,” a sentiment Waldron echoed in an interview with Variety in which the writer dropped some hints regarding how this Star Wars movie will fit into the timeline of the galaxy far, far away.
“I’m writing away,” Waldron told the outlet. “I’m enjoying having the freedom on that to do something that’s not necessarily a sequel or anything. It maybe has a little bit less of a — it just doesn’t have a bunch of TV shows and movies that you’re servicing on top of it, the way I did with Doctor Strange. So it’s nice. It feels like a different exercise.”
While Waldron is careful not to divulge any actual spoilers, we can guess a few things about the film’s plot based on what the writer is saying, specifically that it’s a standalone adventure not tied to the larger film saga or the slate of Disney+ series. Since interconnection and synergy with the main Skywalker saga has long been a key aspect of Star Wars movies, including with solo outings like 2016’s Rogue One and 2018’s Solo, Feige and Waldron’s upcoming installment could end up being one of the first films set in this universe not to tie into all the others in some way.
This does raise questions about when in the Star Wars timeline this movie will be set. All 11 live-action Star Wars films released thus far have taken place within a particularly eventful 70-year period in galactic history. If the Feige/Waldron project truly doesn’t tie into any of these other movies, could this be the Star Wars project that finally explores a completely different era on the big screen?
In recent years, Disney has shown interest in developing stories set hundreds to thousands of years before Luke Skywalker blew up the Death Star in A New Hope. The High Republic series, which will soon include a Disney+ show called The Acolyte, is set 200 years before the events of The Phantom Menace. Meanwhile, rumors of a Knights of the Old Republic movie set millennia before the Skywalker saga have persisted, with even Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy previously expressing interest in bringing that fan-favorite era to the big screen.