When it comes to the galaxy far, far away, all eyes will be on Chicago, Illinois this weekend. The Windy City is this year’s home for Star Wars Celebration, the Con of Cons with respect to Star Wars. We expect a wealth of information to come out of Celebration, include the title and a trailer for Star Wars: Episode IX . One thing on fans’ minds, but something we likely won’t hear in any panel, is how Disney and Lucasfilm will handle the future of Star Wars administratively. Who will guide the Star Wars franchise forward?

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The original trilogy portion of this year’s Celebration mural, by artist Jason Palmer.

We already know that Kathleen Kennedy is signed on as President of Lucasfilm for another three years. That doesn’t mean, however, that she’s the person to bring the Star Wars franchise to the next level. Likewise, Star Wars production and direction is often delegated, sometimes with deleterious effects, (Solo: A Star Wars Story), or worse, divisive results (The Last Jedi.) Some suggest that there needs to be one, definitive leader to oversee Star Wars. Those “some” are not wrong.

One Voice to Speak for the Star Wars Franchise

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It worked for Marvel with Kevin Feige. (Image credit unknown)

In pondering such a notion, one needs to look no further than the success Marvel has had with Kevin Feige at its helm. Over twenty films and countless billions of dollars later, Feige has forged the Marvel franchise into an empire, the culmination of which comes in a few weeks’ time with Avengers: Endgame. Granted, George Lucas created the Star Wars franchise. However, he sold his interests to Disney six years ago. Disney had reportedly offered Feige the Star Wars job, but he respectfully declined. So who is there, if not Feige or Kennedy? The answer is simple.

Dave Filoni.

Dave Filoni
Image: Lucasfilm

Filoni has already proven his mastery at Star Wars storytelling. Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels were both critical hits. Each also contributed significantly to the current Star Wars canon. This fall he’ll fulfill fans’ wishes by bringing his talent to live-action, too. He directed the pilot episode of The Mandalorian.

Frankly, there is no one better for the job. And if what we hear is true, eventually it will be his for the taking. I have personally had conversations with a Star Wars insider who stated, in no uncertain terms, that Filoni is viewed within the Star Wars franchise as the heir-apparent to Lucas.

So, will he who was once the learner now become the master? I suppose time will tell.