A story more than forty years in the making comes to a close in 2019, and we don’t know what to expect from the ending! We do know that STAR WARS EPISODE IX will conclude the Skywalker family saga, begun in the original STAR WARS in 1977.
The ninth movie in the core storyline (not counting spin-offs, animated series, and other media) may be the most anticipated release of 2019. And we know shockingly little about it. That’s kind of fun; it’s nice to be surprised! But we’re sure you’re as hungry for info as we are.
So here’s everything we do know about STAR WARS EPISODE IX.
The Star Wars Episode IX Release Date
The most concrete info we have on the new movie is the release date. STAR WARS EPISODE IX is scheduled to open in theaters on December 20, 2019.
The Star Wars Episode IX Title
Currently, the Star Wars 9 title is just… STAR WARS EPISODE IX. The real title will probably be revealed soon. Maybe in January or February! For THE LAST JEDI, Lucasfilm and Disney revealed the title at the end of January 2017, and the film was released in December 2017. So we’ll get the proper title soon.
Two fan theories point to title options. The most interesting one points out that THE LAST JEDI was a phrase used in the opening crawl on THE FORCE AWAKENS. So the theory says the real STAR WARS 9 title could also be embedded in the last movie. “Spark of Hope” is the most compelling option in THE LAST JEDI crawl — could that be the title? It’s a good option, but we don’t work at Lucasfilm, so we have no insider info.
A competing theory suggests the subtitles of the two most recent films are part of a sentence. That means we’ve got “The force awakens the last Jedi” so far. But try to come up with a third phrase to complete a sentence, which also works as a compelling title, and you’ll see how difficult that is. We’re not betting on that theory.
The Star Wars Episode IX Trailer
EPISODE IX only began shooting at the end of summer 2018. It’s no surprise we’ve had to wait for new footage. The first trailer will almost certainly debut close to the title reveal. Right now, we’re betting on the Super Bowl, on February 3, as a venue for the first STAR WARS EPISODE IX trailer. But it could arrive earlier!
The first trailer will likely be a teaser running just a minute or so in length. For the next footage reveal, we might have to wait until Disney’s D23 convention. That takes place on August 23-25.
The Star Wars Episode IX Director
J.J. Abrams returns as the STAR WARS 9 director.
In 2012, when Disney acquired Lucasfilm, JURASSIC WORLD director Colin Trevorrow was announced as the director. He and Lucasfilm parted ways in 2017, however. Following that split, THE FORCE AWAKENS director J.J. Abrams (above, on set of THE FORCE AWAKENS) was hired to call the shots on the final chapter of the Skywalker story. He also co-wrote the script with Chris Terio.
The Star Wars Episode IX Story
The EPISODE IX story is a big question mark. We know that it will resolve the Skywalker storyline, and probably tell us a lot more about characters like Rey, Finn, and Poe Dameron. But that’s literally all we know right now. John Boyega, who plays Finn, gave an interview where he said the new film starts a year after THE LAST JEDI, but even that isn’t much to go on. We’ve seen the Force in at least one young boy (above), but whether he or anyone else like him will have a role in the last chapter remains to be seen.
Well, we do know one thing: we’ll see Leia again. Despite the death of Carrie Fisher in 2016, the production used footage of Fisher that was shot for THE FORCE AWAKENS to bring Leia into the story. In July 2018, when announcing the start of production on the new movie, Abrams said, “With the support and blessing from her daughter, Billie, we have found a way to honor Carrie’s legacy and role as Leia in Episode IX by using unseen footage we shot together in Episode VII.”
Lando Calrissian will return, as well. And while Luke Skywalker died at the end of THE LAST JEDI, don’t be surprised if we see Mark Hamill in costume again as a Force Ghost version of Luke.
The Star Wars Episode IX Cast
Let’s start with the new additions. Naomi Ackie, Richard E. Grant, and Keri Russell all have roles in STAR WARS 9. We can’t tell you anything about who they play, however, because there isn’t even a hint about their characters available to the public.
We know the major cast introduced in the last two movies will return. So we’ll see Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, and Oscar Isaac again. Lupita Nyong’o and Domhnall Gleeson also return, as do Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, and Billie Lourd.
Finally, they’ll all be joined by Star Wars veterans. In addition to Mark Hamill and Billy Dee Williams, as Luke and Lando, Anthony Daniels will be inside C3PO’s suit one more time.