Rey, Finn, BB-8 and Poe Dameron have been on an epic journey since 2015's. Come 2019, their adventure is going to meet some kind of conclusion when Star Wars Episode IX comes to theaters.
The movie has a lot to live up to. Abrams will need to find a way to offer an ending to the revived Star Wars movie universe followingand . Also, it's not like his Force Awakens -- some fans knocked it for evoking the original Star Wars film too predictably. Not to mention, he'll need to find a graceful way to allow for Leia Organa's exit following .
But it's early, and with filming, we have plenty of time before Star Wars returns to movie theaters. Here's everything we know about the film so far.
Release date: When can I see Episode IX?
Star Wars Episode IX: (Insert eventual subtitle here) will hit theaters around the world on Dec. 20, 2019. (That's 79 weeks, in case you're wondering.)
Who's the director?
J.J. Abrams will direct. Originally, Colin Trevorrow was tapped to helm the movie, butover creative differences. However, unlike the director change that befell , where after were in production for six months, while the film is still in early pre-production.
Cast: Who will be in it?
We're expecting a good mix of the new faces seen in The Force Awakens andto make their return in the 2019 movie. These include:
- Daisy Ridley as Rey
- John Boyega as Finn
- Adam Driver as Kylo Ren
- Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron
- Lupita Nyong'o as Maz Kanata
- Kelly Marie Tran as Rose
- Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca
- Anthony Daniels as C-3PO
- Jimmy Vee as R2-D2
Apart from the droids and Chewbacca, this may very well be the first Star Wars movie in the so-called Skywalker saga that won't feature any legacy characters. While Episode IX would have heavily featured Carrie Fisher as Leia, as Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy confirmed to Vanity Fair, Fisher's death meant that wouldn't be the case. The studio further confirmed that it like it did for 2016's .
And while it's not impossible for Harrison Ford or Mark Hamill to potentially return as Han Solo or Luke Skywalker, the last two movies didn't leave either character's fate all that ambiguous.
Plot: So, what's going to happen?
This early we can only speculate, so let's go over what we know about a few characters' whereabouts and how things could move forward.
Rey: After turning down Kylo Ren's offer to let both the First Order and the Resistance perish and instead conquer the galaxy together, Rey is last seen on the Millennium Falcon with the. It's likely she will continue her own version of Jedi training using a combination of the texts, personal practice and maybe some off-screen mentorship from Leia Organa. Also, she JUST MET Poe Dameron, so it's time to see what her dynamic with the fly boy might be. One other thing: Will J.J. Abrams choose to flesh out the story of her parentage, or will he keep her as an orphan that was sold off by her parents for drinking money?
Finn: Finn is now possibly dating Rose and reunited with his bestie Rey, and Finn and Rey arefor Episode IX. While he's fresh off defeating Captain Phasma during The Last Jedi, there's still plenty of room to flash back to Finn's Stormtrooper history should it be relevant to the new movie.
Kylo Ren: The new supreme leader of the First Order could be looking over his shoulder, making sure no one has any evidence he's the one who killed off Snoke. That said, after having his connection to Rey cut off by the end of The Last Jedi, Kylo might now be fully embracing his role as a Sith leader.
Leia: After her gorgeous and surprising ability to fly through space using the Force left her in a coma, Leia woke up to finish off the movie, but her condition is otherwise unknown. Due to the real-life passing of actress Carrie Fisher, we can expect either a time jump that would sadly reference the off-screen passing of her character, or some other plot point that would separate her from the other Star Wars characters. Since Lucasfilm has no plans to re-create Fisher, there may be a book or some other piece of extended material filling in whatever gap Episode IX can't without having the actress.
What about the rumors?
There are a lot of rumors on the internet already about Episode IX, including the possibility of some surprise appearances:
- While The Last Jedi picks up immediately after The Force Awakens, it's possible there will be a time jump before Episode IX. John Boyega told Yahoo he's growing his hair out for the new movie, and we can "wait for the trailer to see why."
- Yoda appeared as a Force Ghost during The Last Jedi, and the New York Daily News says an "insider" revealed . Since Yoda in ghost form can also bring down a lightning bolt, it's awfully weird he isn't more involved in assisting Leia's Resistance.
- Young Lando made his debut in this year's Solo, but what about older Lando? According to Fantha Tracks, Billy Dee Williams may return to play his Star Wars character in Episode IX. While we can't verify Fantha Tracks' sources, an appearance of some kind is overdue. Williams also canceled a September appearance at Saskatchewan Entertainment Expo citing "film schedule conflict." If nothing else, we'd like to see Lando's reaction to learning that old friend Han was killed by his son.
- Could Obi-Wan Kenobi, as embodied by Ewan McGregor, show up in Episode IX? According to The Sun's sources, McGregor is going to be secretly shooting scenes for the 2019 movie. While there is no way to vouch for this, McGregor did record a line that played in 2015's The Force Awakens super briefly that was meshed with a similarly sounding phrase recorded by original Kenobi actor Alec Guinness. The phrase wasn't much, McGregor remembered the result as "Rey, these are your first steps" during a 2016 appearance on The Graham Norton Show. Therefore, it wouldn't be at all shocking to see some version of Kenobi in Episode IX, but the real question is -- how much?
As more rumors pop up, we'll add them to this list.
And what about *that* cameo in Solo: A Star Wars Story?
We don't yet know what the deal is with *that* character who appears in Solo. I'd speculate he'll appear in some Star Wars movie, but likely not Episode IX. We can tell you all about, and (along with why it's doubtful Episode IX will be what pays that cameo off).
What other Star Wars things can I watch?
There's a lot on the way as long as you're willing to expand beyond the movies.
First is Disney Channel this fall that takes place just before The Force Awakens. The show comes from creator Dave Filoni, who just wrapped the Star Wars Rebels series and also led Star Wars: The Clone Wars. While Resistance will showcase new characters, it will also feature Poe Dameron and Captain Phasma as voiced by Oscar Isaac and Gwendoline Christie, respectively., an animated series coming to the
Ais also in the works, heading for . But apart from Disney's plan to launch the streaming service in 2019, details about that specific Star Wars series aren't yet available.
And if all you care about are Star Wars movies, you can also look forward to TWO trilogies.will create one, and the other is from .
This guide, first published June 19, 2018 at 10:34 a.m. PT, will be regularly updated as we hear more news about Star Wars Episode IX.
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