Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm, has had her deal with the Star Wars production company extended for three more years. The deal will now last through 2021.
Per The Hollywood Reporter, Kennedy is seen as the architect of the current Star Wars film franchise, and has overseen four feature films in the series: Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi and Solo: A Star Wars Story.
Despite Solo underperforming at the box office, the four films combined have earned nearly $4.5 billion worldwide, and this extension is seen as a vote of confidence in Kennedy’s leadership of the franchise. With her position as president, many have voiced their criticisms of the more recent Star Wars films towards her, though Disney CEO Bob Iger places the blame of the release timing of Solo on himself.