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Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige is expanding his responsibilities within The Walt Disney Company. For the first time, he will produce a movie for Disney that isn’t part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Kevin Feige is developing a Star Wars movie!

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the project was born during a late summer meeting between Feige, Walt Disney Studios Co-Chairman Alan Horn, and Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy. Feige, who’s never been shy about being a massive Star Wars fan, made his pitch and Horn and Kennedy were clearly on board. Feige, who’s served as the producer of 23 films for Marvel Studios, will likely have that same role with this project.

Horn confirmed the news to THR, telling the trade publication, “We are excited about the projects Kathy and the Lucasfilm team are working on, not only in terms of Star Wars but also Indiana Jones and reaching into other parts of the company including Children of Blood and Bone with Emma Watts and Fox.

“With the close of the Skywalker Saga, Kathy is pursuing a new era in Star Wars storytelling, and knowing what a die-hard fan Kevin is, it made sense for these two extraordinary producers to work on a Star Wars film together.”

THR notes that some see this as a sign that Feige will eventually have a larger role to play in Star Wars films while others suggest this is a single project that reflects Feige’s own passion for the franchise. A top Disney source tells THR that Kennedy remains firmly in charge of Lucasfilm and that there are no plans for that to change at this time.

THR also reports that Feige has already told a big-name actor that there was a role he wanted them to play if the movie happened. Now, the movie is happening so it will be interesting learn the identity of this mystery actor once this project gets going in earnest.

It’s wonderful to see Feige getting an opportunity to work on a franchise that has meant so much to him throughout his life. Obviously, Feige loves Marvel, but Star Wars was his cinematic love long before anyone was making any serious Marvel movies. In part, we probably have Star Wars to thank for inspiring Feige as a young film fan so that he would go on to become the man who’s guided the MCU all along, and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.

This is the ultimate passion project for someone who’s given us an entire universe to be passionate about. I can’t wait to see what Feige continues to do with the MCU and what he is about to do with Star Wars.

For more on this story, listen to John Bierly and I discuss it on our Star Wars podcast, Fandalorians!

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter