Star Wars: Episode IX: All the things We Know So Far

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Star Wars: The Final Jedi raked in a whopping $45 million in Thursday night time previews, and it is anticipated to debut within the $200 million vary—making it the largest home opening of 2017. Followers desperate to see the return of Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and the final of Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) weren’t upset, however by the tip, they little doubt requested: “What occurs subsequent?” So, E! Information rounded up the important thing particulars which have been mentioned about Star Wars: Episode IX.

When Will Filming Start?

Fisher completed taking pictures The Final Jedi in the summertime of 2016, months earlier than her sudden loss of life. “She was having a blast,” Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy later instructed Self-importance Honest. “The minute she completed, she grabbed me and mentioned, ‘I might higher be on the forefront of IX!’ As a result of [Harrison Ford] was entrance and heart on VII, and Mark is entrance and heart on VIII. She thought IX can be her film. And it might have been.” Director Colin Trevorrow met with Kennedy in January 2017 to debate attainable story options; Lucasfilm has mentioned it is not going to digitally recreate Princess Leia in future films, because it did for a key scene in 2016’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

The actress’ passing is not the one motive filming has been delayed, after all.

Lucasfilm and Trevorrow “mutually” parted methods in September 2017. Quickly after, J.J. Abrams—who wrote and directed 2015’s Star Wars: The Pressure Awakens—took the reigns. “I had no intention to return,” he mentioned. “However when the chance offered itself to complete a narrative that we had begun with these new characters, to inform the final chapter of their story, it felt like there was an opportunity to do it in a manner the place we might transcend, and do higher than we did in VII.” Abrams and screenwriter Chris Terrio have been busy growing the brand new script ever since. With so many transferring items in play, filming on Episode IX has been pushed again to June 2018.

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Is This the Finish of the Skywalker Saga?

Luke handed on on the finish of The Final Jedi—although he might return as a Pressure Ghost, as Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda have performed in earlier movies. And with Leia out of the image, that solely leaves Kylo Ren (Adam Driver)—who, clearly, would relatively overlook his lineage. “I actually foresee films previous 9,” Kennedy promised Fandango in April 2017. “Whether or not or not we stock on the Skywalker saga…You understand, [sequence creator George Lucas] all the time meant 9 films, and whether or not we proceed that or not is one thing we’re speaking about proper now.”

“If the story warrants it, we’ll completely do it,” Kennedy mentioned of constant the epic. “If it really conjures up new concepts, then we’ll in all probability head in that route. We simply do not know but.”

Kennedy promised she would have a extra definitive reply in 2018.

And Episode IX will not essentially be the tip for brand spanking new characters, like Finn (John Boyega) and Rey (Daisy Ridley). “We’re sitting down now, we’re speaking in regards to the subsequent 10 years of Star Wars tales, and we’re taking a look at, narratively, the place that may go,” Kennedy mentioned on The Star Wars Present in November 2017. However, she’s additionally enthusiastic about branching out. “We’re additionally taking a look at working with people who find themselves taken with coming into the Star Wars world and taking us locations we have not been but,” she mentioned. “That is thrilling—as a result of it is a huge galaxy far, far-off.”

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Which Characters Will Return?

The quick reply is…nobody is aware of for positive simply but. Boyega, Driver and Ridley’s characters can be entrance and heart, after all, and it is exhausting to think about a finale with out Anthony Daniels as C-3PO, Domhnall Gleeson as Common Hux, Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron, Lupita Nyong’o as Maz Kanata, Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca, Kelly Marie Tran as Rose Tico and Jimmy Vee as R2-D2. Whether or not Benicio Del Toro will return because the slicer DJ stays a thriller. A number of characters, together with Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie), Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo (Laura Dern), Admiral Ackbar (Timothy D. Rose) and Supreme Chief Snoke (Andy Serkis), had been simply killed, making their returns unlikely. However that is Star Wars, so who is aware of what Abrams has in retailer?

When Will It Be Launched in Theaters?

The movie was initially slated for launch on Could 24, 2019; it was later pushed to Dec. 20, 2018.

(E! and Fandango are each members of the NBCUniversal household.)

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