Beyond the principal cast, we don't know much about Star Wars: Episode IX at this point. Over the last week, several reports have arisen about the film (directed and co-written by J.J. Abrams) will be set a year or so after the events of The Last Jedi.
The information was credited to John Boyega, who plays the disgraced stormtrooper known as Finn, a name given to him by Oscar Isaac's Poe Dameron. Now, SYFY WIRE can confirm that the intel originating in the February issue of Empire Magazine is — at least in print — genuine.
However, the story gained a new twist when Boyega himself posted on Twitter, writing that he had no memory of confirming IX's forward time jump. Indeed, Empire's section on the highly-anticipated Star Wars sequel does not include a direct quote from the actor, but the general assurance that he mentioned it at one time.
"I don’t even remember having the interview I’m tired it’s been a long few months," Boyega said in his twitter post.
In addition to Boyega and Isaac, Daisey Ridley (Rey), Adam Driver (Kylo Ren), Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Lupita Nyong'o (Maz Kanata), Joonas Suotamo (Chewbacca), Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), Domhnall Gleeson (General Hux), and Kelly Marie Tran (Rose Tico) are also returning for Episode IX. Even the late Carrie Fisher (General Leia Organa) will appear via unused footage of her from The Last Jedi.
Billy Dee Williams is also reprising his live-action role as Lando Calrissian for the first time since 1983's Return of the Jedi. Lastly, Keri Russell, Richard E. Grant, and Matt Smith have all be cast in mystery roles.
Star Wars: Episode IX opens in theaters Dec. 20, 2019.