‘Star Wars: Episode IX’: All the things we all know thus far

So that you watched Star Wars: Episode VIII — The Final Jedi, which hit film theaters in December 2017, and also you’re itching for hints about what’s to come back? There are many attention-grabbing particulars rising about the upcoming Star Wars: Episode IX, together with a number of of the movie star cameos you’ll be able to search for within the movie.

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The newest trilogy of Star Wars movies will conclude with Episode IX, which brings again director J.J. Abrams to shut out the newest arc of the enduring sci-fi saga after he helmed 2015’s franchise-relaunching Star Wars: Episode VII – The Drive Awakens. He directs from a script he co-wrote with Academy Award winner Chris Terrio (Argo, Justice League).

The sequel trilogy’s closing chapter is scheduled to hit theaters December 20, 2019. Right here is every part we all know concerning the film thus far.

Cosmic cameos

The Star  Wars saga has an extended historical past of bringing in well-known actors, musicians, and different acquainted faces for small elements — usually below heavy make-up or costumes — as a nod to a number of the franchise’s most high-profile followers. Stories recommend that Episode IX gained’t buck that pattern.

Star Wars: Movie star Chef Jamie Oliver Lands Episode IX Cameo

— Comedian E-book Assets (@CBR) December 26, 2018

In response to The Solar, movie star chef Jamie Oliver will go well with up as a First Order stormtrooper for Episode IX, and is at the moment coaching for the position on the set of the movie. Oliver, who hosted the favored BBC collection The Bare Chef for its three-season run, was provided the half after gaining consideration for his Star Wars fandom over time.

Oliver joins award-winning musician Ed Sheeran, who will even have a cameo in Episode IX, with each males enjoying First Order stormtroopers within the movie.

One 12 months later

Given how little time elapsed between the occasions of Star Wars: Episode VII – The Drive Awakens and Episode VIII – The Final Jedi, it comes as a little bit of a shock that Episode IX will reportedly soar forward within the timeline a bit for its story.

Talking to Empire Journal concerning the movie, actor John Boyega — who portrayed former First Order stormtrooper Finn in The Drive Awakens and The Final Jedi — indicated that Episode IX will decide up “roughly one 12 months” after the occasions of its 2017 predecessor.

John Boyega has confirmed that Star Wars: Episode #IX takes place ONE YEAR after the occasions of 'The Final Jedi'. [Empire Issue]

— Star Wars Stuff (@starwarstuff) December 22, 2018

Rumor patrol: Knights of Ren, Lando’s daughter

As with every Star Wars film, there’s no scarcity of rumors circling Episode IX, and some have sparked fairly a bit of dialogue in mainstream circles.

A rumor suggesting that Lando Calrissian’s daughter might play a task in Episode IX is highlighted on Wired, with the unconfirmed, unofficial report happening to establish actress Naomi Ackie because the individual portraying “Veranada Calrissian” within the movie.

The mysterious Knights of Ren have been additionally the topic of a well-liked rumor making the rounds, with reporting that an individual current at a Disney advertising and marketing occasion confirmed that the shadowy group seen in Episode VII – The Drive Awakens and led by Kylo Ren will certainly be in Episode IX. “They’ll undoubtedly be within the subsequent film,” writes the unidentified supply. “They did present quite a few footage/paintings of them.”

The Physician is in

Considered one of cinema’s hottest sci-fi franchises will draw from the ranks of one in every of tv’s longest-running sci-fi sagas.

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In late August, former Physician Who star Matt Smith (pictured above) was reported to be the newest casting addition to Episode IX.

Smith, who performed the 11th Physician within the wildly fashionable British sci-fi collection and just lately earned a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for his efficiency within the Netflix collection The Crown, will play an unidentified “key position” within the Star Wars sequel, in accordance with Selection.

A bittersweet starting

Abrams commemorated the August 1 begin of manufacturing on Episode IX together with his first submit on Twitter, which acknowledged the absence of franchise veteran Carrie Fisher on the set and thanked Episode VIII director Rian Johnson and Star Wars creator George Lucas for getting the saga thus far.

Bittersweet beginning this subsequent chapter with out Carrie, however due to a rare forged and crew, we’re able to go. Grateful for @rianjohnson and particular due to George Lucas for creating this unimaginable world and starting a narrative of which we’re fortunate to be a component. #IX

— JJ Abrams (@jjabrams) August 1, 2018

Official forged

On July 27, Lucasfilm’s official Star Wars web page listed the foremost forged record, together with the large names returning and people becoming a member of anew the newest movie within the franchise. And sure, which means Billy Dee Williams will formally return as the enduring Lando Calrissian, as will Mark Hamill which, for causes we gained’t specify right here, might come as a shock to some. Comply with under for the official forged record:

Formally returning for Episode IX are Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, and Billie Lourd.

Becoming a member of the forged for his or her first Star Wars expertise are Naomi Ackie (Dr. Who), Richard E. Grant, and Keri Russell. As well as, veteran Star Wars actors returning embrace Williams (as promised), Hamill (Luke Skywalker), and Anthony Daniels (C-3PO).

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However these aren’t the one acquainted faces coming again. The announcement states that the late Carrie Fisher’s character, Leia Organa, will even return for the movie “utilizing beforehand unreleased footage shot for Star Wars: The Drive Awakens.” This may occasionally come as a shock to some following information that no CG model of Fisher’s character could be used for Episode IX (seemingly implying Leia wouldn’t return). Nonetheless, Episode IX director J.J. Abrams made a press release to alleviate considerations.

“We desperately beloved Carrie Fisher,” Abrams stated. “Discovering a very satisfying conclusion to the Skywalker saga with out her eluded us. We have been by no means going to recast, or use a CG character. With the assist and blessing from her daughter, Billie, we now have discovered a method to honor Carrie’s legacy and position as Leia in Episode IX through the use of unseen footage we shot collectively in Episode VII.”

The choice to make use of earlier footage clearly wasn’t a straightforward one to make, in a state of affairs with no good means out. The movie’s producers have been seemingly nonetheless combating the choice as just lately as April when Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy indicated in an interview on Good Morning America that Fisher was not anticipated to seem in Episode IX. 

A tough new title

Star Wars movies are infamous for utilizing working titles to throw off the general public and preserve manufacturing prices low when it comes to areas and companies. Episode VI — Return of the Jedi was shot below the guise of a horror film known as Blue Harvest. In the meantime, Episode II — Assault of the Clones poked enjoyable on the destructive response to prequel trilogy’s Gungan chief with the title Jar-Jar’s Large Journey. 

Generally the manufacturing title can supply clues, although they might not make sense till after the movie is launched. Fantha Tracks has reported that the working title for Episode IX might be trIXie. The location claims that “the identical analysis strategies and public sources have been utilized by the identical workforce to uncover the manufacturing names of each Disney-era Star Wars movie so far.”

The Drive Awakens was shot below the title AVCO, which Bleeding Cool reported was the title of the theater in Los Alamos the place a younger J.J. Abrams noticed the primary Star Wars movie. So what does trIXie consult with, if something? It seems to easily be a method to get the roman numeral for the quantity 9 within the title, however there may very well be extra to it, and we’ll circle again when we now have extra data.

Reunion time

Following within the footsteps of the Star Wars trilogies that got here earlier than it, the present three-part story arc had its fundamental characters separating in Episode VIII — The Final Jedi, the center chapter of the saga (very similar to the characters did in Episode II — Assault of the Clones and Episode V — The Empire Strikes Again). As with these earlier trilogies, although, they’re anticipated to reunite within the third chapter — not less than, that’s what franchise actor John Boyega appears to suppose.

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Requested about Episode IX throughout a conference in Washington, D.C., Boyega stated he expects the movie to convey collectively his character, Finn, with Daisy Ridley’s character, Rey. The pair has been separated for the reason that occasions of Episode VII — The Drive Awakens, however that interval aside may very well be nearing its finish.

“I haven’t learn the script for Episode IX,” he stated (by way of SlashFilm). “However Daisy did shoot me a textual content saying, ‘Oh my gosh, I simply heard from J.J. [Abrams], and we’re again collectively.’ That’s what I’m actually enthusiastic about, is Finn and Rey again collectively once more.”

Totally different endings, identical end result?

Whereas discussing the variations in working with Star Wars administrators J.J. Abrams and Rian Johnson, Hamill revealed how the creator of the sci-fi saga, Lucas, deliberate to deal with the later years of his iconic character, Luke Skywalker.

“I occur to know that George didn’t kill Luke till the tip of [Episode] IX, after he educated Leia,” Hamill instructed IGN. “Which is one other thread that was by no means performed upon [in The Last Jedi].”

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Though most of Lucas’ plans for a sequel trilogy have been reportedly scrapped when Disney took over the franchise, The Final Jedi did get to some extent with a few of its fundamental characters that has lots in frequent with these early outlines. Luke’s loss of life occurred one episode earlier, and Leia (Carrie Fisher) did present some aptitude with The Drive in Johnson’s 2017 movie.

“George had an total arc — if he didn’t have all the small print, he had form of an total really feel for the place the [sequel trilogy was] going — however this [sequel trilogy] is extra like a relay race,” Hamill stated of the present saga, which seems to be letting its artistic groups take the over-arching occasions in some sudden instructions, too. “You run and hand the torch off to the following man, he picks it up and goes.”

The wealthy get richer

No matter your ideas about Episode VIII, most can agree that it was a visually spectacular movie. Scenes just like the throne room saber battle and Vice Admiral Holdo’s lightspeed strike have been breathtaking, due to some wonderful artwork path and manufacturing design. Now, the workforce for Episode IX has a brand new, distinguished member: Paul Inglis, who served as artwork director for the superb (and beautiful) Blade Runner 2049.

Due to a report from Omega Underground, we all know Inglis has been tapped because the supervising artwork director for Episode IX, the place he’ll work alongside Abrams and the manufacturing workforce to outline the movie’s aesthetic. Inglis’ earlier credit additionally embrace Skyfall, Recreation of Thrones, Prometheus, and Youngsters of Males. 

A unique sort of ship

Some Star Wars followers noticed Rey (Ridley) and Poe (Isaac) meet in The Final Jedi and began hoping it was their meet-cute. The one scene was sufficient to gas transport rumors — a lot in order that Ridley needed to reply a query about it throughout a promotional occasion in China. Redditor Niamor89 posted a video (by way of Sleemo) displaying the actress discussing the 2 Resistance fighters’ attainable romantic future. Put merely, she doesn’t actually need them to have one.

“It’s fantastic to have relationships that aren’t romantic,” Ridley stated. “I don’t suppose in movies you at all times want a romantic relationship. I believe pal relationships might be romantic of their gestures and their intimacy and all of that. So I believe, hopefully — you already know, if Rey and Poe get to have some scenes collectively and stuff — that there might be intimacy, however I believe, for me, it doesn’t should be romantic love.”

If that breaks your coronary heart, know that Ridley hasn’t spoken to Abrams about it but, so it’s nonetheless attainable that he has different plans.

Location on loch

The subsequent installment of the Star Wars franchise may be headed to the highlands — the county of Argyll within the Scottish Highlands, to be exact.

A report in Scotland’s Every day Document signifies that a new Star Wars film will start filming within the western Scottish county of Argyll in June, with capturing anticipated to position within the historic mountain move often called the Relaxation and Be Grateful. Though the preliminary report means that it’s Johnson’s spinoff trilogy that might be filming in Argyll, there’s virtually no likelihood by any means that cameras will start rolling on the primary movie in that collection throughout 2018 — so if a Star Wars film does certainly start capturing in Argyll, it’s more likely to be Abrams’ Episode IX.

Guardian issues, redux

Though The Final Jedi appeared to supply some decision relating to the thriller of Rey’s lineage, Johnson indicated in an interview with Huffington Put up that followers may not have heard the tip of that exact id disaster.

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“Something’s nonetheless open, and I’m not writing the following movie. [Abrams and Terrio] are doing it,” stated Johnson whereas discussing the revelation about Rey’s mother and father that has develop into one of the polarizing elements of the movie.

Their story will go on

Don’t let the outline of Episode IX as a “concluding chapter” mislead you: The celebrities of the sequel trilogy aren’t going away.

In a November 2017 interview featured on The Star Wars Present, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy indicated that most of the fundamental characters launched in Star Wars: Episode VII — The Drive Awakens will proceed their tales in Episode IX and past the sequel trilogy.

“We’re sitting down now, we’re speaking concerning the subsequent 10 years of Star Wars tales, and we’re , narratively, the place that may go,” Kennedy stated. “Future tales past Episode IX with these new characters — Rey, Poe, Finn, BB-Eight — however we’re additionally working with people who find themselves keen on coming into the Star Wars world and taking us locations we haven’t been but. That’s thrilling too as a result of it’s an enormous galaxy far, distant.”

Going again to the start

After authentic Episode IX director Colin Trevorrow exited the venture in September 2017 because of artistic variations with the studio, it didn’t take lengthy for Disney and Lucasfilm to discover a new filmmaker to helm the film — and he was a well-known face to followers of the franchise.

Abrams was named the brand new director of the movie only a week after the submit was vacated, with the movie’s new co-writer Terrio was additionally introduced at the moment.

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“With The Drive Awakens, J.J. delivered every part we might have probably hoped for, and I’m so excited that he’s coming again to shut out this trilogy,” Kennedy stated in a press release on

Given the success of Abrams’ franchise-relaunching sequel The Drive Awakens, the choice to convey him again for Episode IX looks as if a secure wager for the studio.

Launched in 2015, The Drive Awakens went on to interrupt a slew of field workplace data, incomes $936.6 million in U.S. theaters and greater than $2 billion worldwide. It’s at the moment the highest-grossing film of all time domestically, and in third place on the all-time worldwide field workplace charts (after Avatar and Titanic). The movie additionally acquired overwhelmingly constructive evaluations from skilled critics and followers alike, and at the moment ranks third (after Star Wars: Episode V — The Empire Strike Again and the franchise-starting Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope) and among the many best-reviewed movies within the franchise on evaluation aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes.

Launch date, up to date

Not too lengthy after Abrams was introduced because the director of Episode IX, the movie additionally acquired a brand new launch date.

Star Wars: Episode IX will formally hit theaters December 20, 2019, a number of months later than its authentic launch date of Could 24, 2019.

The brand new launch date has the movie arriving in theaters only a week after the sequel to Surprise Lady, and on the identical weekend as a live-action characteristic primarily based on the favored Broadway musical Depraved. It additionally permits the movie to hold on the custom set by the 2 serialized installments of the Star Wars franchise that instantly precedes it, Star Wars: Episode VII — The Drive Awakens and Star Wars: Episode VIII — The Final Jedi, which have been each assigned December premieres.

Up to date on January four, 2019: Added particulars relating to cameos for Jamie Oliver and Ed Sheeran.

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