All good things must come to an end — though, in the newest Star Wars trilogy’s case, the end will be followed up by so many additional TV shows and movies from a galaxy far, far away that fans will have plenty to keep them entertained after Rey and Finn's trilogy concludes. That being said, we've still got a ways to go before Star Wars: Episode IX premieres in theaters, and plenty more information to gather before then.
As the final entry in the sequel series looms ahead, it’s easy to feel lost in the news cycle surrounding the film’s production. In our own world, we don't have Force ghosts to keep us focused and on track. So we made it easy for you. We may not officially know the title yet, but here’s everything we know so far about Star Wars: Episode IX.
DIRECTOR AND SCREENWRITER
Episode IX is written and directed by J.J. Abrams, who’s returning after helming the first entry post-prequels (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) to close out the trilogy. Abrams, taking over for previously-announced-but-fired director Colin Trevorrow after Rian Johnson wrote and directed middle entry Star Wars: The Last Jedi, began filming on Aug. 1 in London at Pinewood Studios.
The screenplay comes from a long line of writers, including Abrams and his co-writer Chris Terrio, and Jack Thorne, as well Trevorrow and his co-writer Derek Connolly.
CAST AND CREW
The returning cast for Episode IX includes the late Carrie Fisher as General Leia Organa (whose part will be made up of unused The Force Awakens footage rather than any digital recreation), Daisy Ridley as Rey, Adam Driver as Kylo Ren, John Boyega as Finn, Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron, Lupita Nyong’o as Maz Kanata, Domhnall Gleeson as General Hux, Kelly Marie Tran as Rose Tico, Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca, and Billie Lourd as Lieutenant Connix.
New cast members include Naomi Ackie, Richard E. Grant, and Keri Russell, all in as-yet-unknown roles. Joining them are Star Wars long-timers Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), Mark Hamill (confirming some sort of appearance for the late Luke Skywalker), and, yep, Billy Dee Williams, Lando Calrissian himself. Sorry, Han, but it looks like everyone’s coming back except you.
Composer John Williams has announced that he’s ending his illustrious Star Wars run with Episode IX, making it the final installment to feature his original score. With the end of the original film’s characters and the music that helped their movie remain so memorable, it truly is the end of an era.
Boyega has been sporting longer hair and a super-jacked physique in pictures from production. That could play into the plot, which we don’t know too much about.
What we do know is that Episode IX will attempt to wrap up the Skywalker family's storyline. A time jump — which makes sense given Boyega's longer hair and the burgeoning state of the Resistance when Star Wars: The Last Jedi left off — is expected by many fans.
The final chapter in this Star Wars saga is supposed to hit theaters on Dec. 20, 2019.