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Star Wars Episode IX is the third and final film of the Star Wars sequel trilogy, continuing and bringing to a close the story threads set in motion in The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi. But what do we really know about the ninth chapter of the Star Wars saga?
This article will be regularly updated as new information is confirmed, and we'll avoid rumours so you can be sure you have the facts.
Warning: Although we do not intend to reveal major spoilers here, please be aware that due to the nature of this article some may remain.
Last updated: July 2018.
Filming has now begun at Pinewood Studios near London.
Lucasfilm has confirmed that they will use unused footage from The Force Awakens to allow the late Carrie Fisher to reprise her role as Leia.
Billy Dee Williams is returning as Lando Calrissian, but it is unknown how large a role he will have.
Richard E Grant and Naomi Ackie have been confirmed as new cast members.
Production and Release
Episode IX is currently set for release on 20 December 2019.
Principal photography is due to begin in July 2018. The working title is “Black Diamond”. IMAX cameras will be used to film some sequences.
The film's soundtrack will once again be scored by Star Wars veteran John Williams. Williams has said that this will likely be his final Star Wars movie.
In February 2018, Paul Inglis joined as the Lead Supervising Art Director. He had previously worked on Blade Runner 2049, Prometheus, and Skyfall.
Cast and Crew
Daisy Ridley as Rey Adam Driver as Kylie Ren John Boyega as Finn Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron Lupita Nyong'o Domhnal Gleeson as Hux Kelly Marie Tran as Rose Tico Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker Carrie Fisher as Leia Organa Billy Dee Williams as Lando Calrissian Billie Lourd Richard E Grant Naomi Ackie Anthony Daniels as C-3P0 Jimmy Vee as R2-D2
Director - JJ Abrams Writers - JJ Abrams, Chris Terrio Producers - Kathleen Kennedy, JJ Abrams, Michelle Rejwan Cinematographer - John Schwartzman Art Director - Paul Inglis Music - John Williams
JJ Abrams is returning to direct Episode IX, with Kathleen Kennedy producing. It was previously slated to be directed by Colin Trevorrow, who worked closely with The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson to ensure continuity between their respective movies. Trevorrow left the project in September 2017 due to “creative differences”. Disney had to pay off Paramount Pictures to secure Abrams, as he had breached contract with them for The Force Awakens.
Carrie Fisher was due to have a major role in Episode IX as General Leia Organa. When she tragically passed away in December 2016 the story team “pretty much started over”, according to Kathleen Kennedy.
Lucasfilm was quick to quash rumors that Leia would be digitally recreated, similar to Tarkin’s appearance in Rogue One. Fisher's brother and daughter have granted rights for Lucasfilm to use recent footage of her, but Kennedy has since stated that Fisher will not be in Episode IX.
In July 2018 it was announced that with the blessing of Fisher's family unused footage from The Force Awakens will be used to allow the inclusion of Leia.
Star Wars: Episode IX is the final episode of the Star Wars sequel trilogy.
It was originally slated to be directed by Colin Trevorrow, until he left the project in September 2017.
Star Wars: Episode IX is set for release on 20 December 2019.
Lucasfilm and Disney have big plans to continue the saga across all forms of media, but for many of us it is these blockbuster hits that are the most anticipated.
This list will be updated regularly to show details of the upcoming instalments of the Star Wars saga on the big screen.
Last update: March 2018.
25 May 2018 - Solo: A Star Wars Story
Directors: Ron Howard
Starring: Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover, Emilia Clarke, Woody Harrelson, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Joonas Suotamo, Michael K Williams, Ian Kenny.
Summary: The story will focus on the early career of Han Solo, with Lando Calrissian and Chewbacca also appearing. Woody Harrelson appears in a mentoring role. Filming began in January 2017 at Pinewood Studios, UK.
Watch the official trailer for Solo: A Star Wars Story.
20 Dec 2019 - Star Wars: Episode IX
Director: JJ Abrams
Starring: To be confirmed
Summary: Episode IX will continue the main saga from Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and will likely conclude the story arc of the sequel trilogy. It is expected that there will be a period of time that has passed since the end of the previous film.
2020 - A Star Wars Story
Director: To be confirmed
Starring: To be confirmed
Synopsis: This project was once rumoured to be based on the story of fan-favourite bounty hunter Boba Fett, and was previously assigned to Josh Trank to direct. More recent rumours favour an Obi-Wan Kenobi spin-off, which Ewan McGregor has stated he would be happy to reprise his role for.
Unknown - New Star Wars Trilogy
Director: Rian Johnson
Starring: To be confirmed
Synopsis: Shortly before the release of The Last Jedi it was announced that director Rian Johnson would be working on a new trilogy of Star Wars films that were separate from the main episodic saga. It is speculated that this will pick up on some of the themes introduced in The Last Jedi and follow a new group of young Force users.
A Star Wars fan has created an online petition to bring George Lucas back to the Star Wars movies as the director of Episode IX. Lucas, who created Star Wars has had no involvement with the franchise, including The Force Awakens, since selling LucasFilm to The Walt Disney Company in 2012.
The perition calls for Lucas to return as he is "the father of the franchise" and states that this would be a perfect way to end the sequel trilogy, and so far people seem to agree, with the petition gaining almost the 5,000 signatures requested within a week of publishing.
George Lucas recently criticised The Force Awakens, saying that Disney had made a "retro" movie that he doesn't like, but later clarified that he still believe Star Wars is in safe hands with Disney who has previously worked with overthe past 40 years. In contrast to Lucas's views, critics have widley praised the latest instalment of the saga which has gone on to smash numerous box office records worldwide.
Currently Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow is signed on as director for Episode IX, which is scheduled for release in 2019.
Lucasfilm has announced that Colin Trevorrow has been hired as the director for Star Wars Episode IX, due in 2019.
Star Wars Episode IX will be the third instalment and conclusion of the Star Wars sequel trilogy, following on from upcoming The Force Awakens, out this December.
Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm, has described Colin Trevorrow, 38, as "an incredible talent" and said she has been looking forward to working with him since 2012's Safety Not Guaranteed. "The power of that film paired with the enormous success of Jurassic World speaks volumes about his abilities both as a storyteller and skilled film-maker", she said.
Jurassic World, itself the foundation for a new trilogy in the Jurassic Park franchise, has taken over $1.5 billion at the box office worldwide, and Trevorrow has indicated that helming the ninth episode of the Star Wars saga is not just another job, saying that the role "is a seat at a campfire, surrounded by an extraordinary group of storytellers, film-makers, artists and craftspeople".
Trevorrow's Star Wars Episode IX will release in 2019 and follow in the footsteps of JJ Abrams' The Force Awakens, and Rian Johnson's episode VIII in 2017.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be released on 18 December 2015.
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