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Rumor of the day: Star Wars Episode IX trailer already exists

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Jan 10, 2019, 9:30 PM EST

Now that it's officially 2019, which could be one of the biggest years for the Star Wars franchise as a whole, it's started off relatively quiet. Namely, there's still no trailer (or title) for director J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: Episode IX.

Now, a new rumor floating around suggests that there is a trailer for Episode IX, we just haven't seen it yet.

This particular rumor comes from Making Star Wars, citing unnamed sources confirming that an Episode IX trailer has already been cut. However, very few people have seen it, and whatever details were revealed weren't allowed to be made public. While this may sound dubious, the site does have a track record of being right when it comes to these kinds of things.

Also, it does make sense that there is at least a rough cut of the Episode IX trailer by now. It'll hit theaters in December of this year, and with The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, Disney had released their first trailers a year ahead of their respective release dates. Heck, The Force Awakens trailer dropped Thanksgiving weekend in 2014, 13 months before it hit theaters.

It's also possible that this particular cut of the trailer is preliminary, or may contain incomplete visual effects, meaning it won't be the one they'll eventually release.

The report also included photos of a filming location in the U.K.'s Black Park that show some burned and blackened trees, along with snow — or ash — covering the ground. This prompted the folks at Making Star Wars to suggest that the set will be a stand-in for a new, improved Starkiller Base.

While this seems a little derivative, keep in mind that Abrams' The Force Awakens was strikingly similar to A New Hope — right down to the bad guys' planet-sized space station. Considering that the big threat in Return of the Jedi was a new, incomplete (albeit fully operational) Death Star, it's not outside the realm of possibility that Abrams will riff on similar themes when he closes out the Skywalker Saga.

At any rate, a new Star Wars trailer is inevitable. We'll just have to continue being patient in the meantime.

(via Inverse)