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
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
Richard E Grant
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.