Star Wars: Episode IX
|Star Wars: Episode IX|
|Directed by||J. J. Abrams|
by George Lucas
|Music by||John Williams|
Walt Disney Studios|
Star Wars: Episode IX is an upcoming American epic science fiction film, directed by J. J. Abrams, written by Abrams and Chris Terrio. Episode IX will be the third and final installment of the Star Wars sequel trilogy and the ninth and final installment in the Skywalker saga, following Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Wars: The Last Jedi respectively. The film is produced by Lucasfilm and Bad Robot Productions, and will be distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.
The film was announced after Disney's acquisition of Lucasfilm in October 2012, with Colin Trevorrow announced as the film's director in August 2015. In September 2017, Trevorrow left the project due to creative differences; he was replaced by J. J. Abrams, who previously directed Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Filming began in August, 2018 at Pinewood Studios in London. Episode IX is set to be released on December 20, 2019.
- Daisy Ridley as Rey, an orphaned girl from the planet Jakku and the last Jedi after her training by Luke Skywalker.
- Adam Driver as Kylo Ren, the master of the Knights of Ren and Supreme Leader of the First Order after the death of Supreme Leader Snoke. Born as Ben Solo, he is the son of Han Solo and Leia Organa, nephew of Luke Skywalker, and the grandson of Darth Vader.
- John Boyega as Finn, a former stormtrooper from the First Order who joined the Resistance.
- Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron, an ace X-wing pilot in the Resistance.
- Lupita Nyong'o as Maz Kanata, a pirate and ally of the Resistance.
- Domhnall Gleeson as General Hux, second-in-command of the First Order and a rival of Kylo Ren.
- Kelly Marie Tran as Rose Tico, a maintenance worker in the Resistance.
- Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca, a Wookiee co-pilot of the Millennium Falcon with Rey.
- Billie Lourd as Lieutenant Connix, a lieutenant in the Resistance.
- Naomi Ackie
- Richard E. Grant
- Keri Russell
- Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, the Jedi Master who trained Rey before sacrificing himself to save the Resistance from the First Order during the Battle of Crait in The Last Jedi.
- Anthony Daniels as C-3PO, a character from the original trilogy.
- Billy Dee Williams as Lando Calrissian, an old friend of Han Solo and Leia Organa and a veteran general of the Rebel Alliance.
- Carrie Fisher as Leia Organa, the twin sister of Luke Skywalker, mother of Kylo Ren, Han Solo's wife, former princess of Alderaan, and leading general of the Resistance. Fisher will appear in Episode IX through the use of unreleased footage from The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi.
In October 2012, Star Wars creator George Lucas sold his production company Lucasfilm, and with it the Star Wars franchise, to The Walt Disney Company. Disney announced a new trilogy of Star Wars films. In August 2015, Colin Trevorrow was announced as the director of Star Wars: Episode IX. Trevorrow, along with Derek Connolly, would be writing the script. It was also announced that Rian Johnson, director and writer of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, would be creating a story treatment for the film; however, by April 2017, Johnson stated he would not be involved with writing the film, claiming it was "old info". In February 2016, Disney chief executive officer Bob Iger confirmed that pre-production of Episode IX had begun.
In December 2016, following Carrie Fisher's death, Variety and Reuters reported that Fisher was slated for a key role in Episode IX. Lucasfilm, Disney and others involved with the film have not revealed how they plan to address Fisher's death and what will become of her character in the film. In January 2017, Lucasfilm stated that there were no plans to digitally generate Fisher's performance for the film. The following April, Fisher's brother Todd revealed that he and Fisher's daughter Billie Lourd granted Disney and Lucasfilm the rights to use recent footage of the late actress in the film, with the thought again not to have her appear via CGI. Despite this, Kennedy stated that Fisher would not appear in the film. At the end of the month, Disney announced the film would be released on May 24, 2019. A month later, filming was expected to begin in January 2018.
In August 2017, it was announced that Jack Thorne would rewrite the script. On September 5, 2017, Lucasfilm released a statement stating that Trevorrow had parted ways with the production, due to creative differences, with it reported that Trevorrow and Kennedy's relationship had become "unmanageable" after Trevorrow had been given multiple opportunities to work on multiple drafts of the script. Johnson was seen as the top choice to replace him as director, but he stated "it was never in the plan for me to direct Episode IX". A week later, it was announced that J. J. Abrams, director of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, would return to direct Episode IX. Abrams will also co-write the film with Chris Terrio, in addition to producing the film through his company Bad Robot Productions, with Kennedy and Michelle Rejwan. Disney also moved the film's release date to December 20, 2019. In July 2018, Keri Russell was in talks to play a part for some "action-heavy fight scenes" in the film, along with the the confirmation that Billy Dee Williams would return as Lando Calrissian. At the end of the month, Russell was confirmed to have been cast, along with the announcement of returning and additional new cast members. Carrie Fisher will appear in the film as General Leia Organa using unreleased footage she filmed for The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi.
On January 10, 2018, it was reported that John Williams will return to compose and conduct the music for Episode IX. The next month, Williams announced that Episode IX will be the last Star Wars film he will be composing.
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