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Star Wars: Episode IX is an upcoming 2019 film set to be directed by J.J. Abrams from a script by Abrams and Chris Terrio. It will be the third and final film in the Star Wars sequel trilogy. The film, produced by Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, is expected to see the return of many of the characters featured in 2015's Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which Abrams also directed and co-wrote, and 2017's Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

The film was first announced after The Walt Disney Company acquired Lucasfilm in 2012. Colin Trevorrow was initially announced as the director and writer of the film, but he and Lucasfilm parted ways in September 2017, with Lucasfilm citing "creative differences" over the project. Abrams and The Last Jedi writer and director Rian Johnson were both considered leading contenders for the job from major media outlets, with Abrams being announced on September 12, 2017.

Principal photography is expected to begin in July 2018, with a release scheduled for December 20, 2019.


Unofficial reports claimed in November 2012 that Lawrence Kasdan—who originally wrote the screenplays for both Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi—and Simon Kinberg would divide writing responsibilities for Episodes VIII and IX, and both would co-produce all three films of the upcoming sequel trilogy, alongside Kathleen Kennedy.[17] However, in February 2013, Disney confirmed that Kasdan and Kinberg were working on standalone films, not main episodes.[18]

J.J. Abrams, director of Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens, also wrote the early drafts of Episodes VIII and IX, though the former was rewritten after Rian Johnson was hired to direct it.[19] It was also believed that Johnson would write the treatment for Episode IX, though he later denied this.[20][21]

In August 2015, Colin Trevorrow was announced as director for Episode IX.[2] As Abrams and Johnson had to ensure a smooth transition between Episodes VII and VIII, Johnson and Trevorrow worked closely to ensure continuity between their respective films.[22] Trevorrow planned to shoot on 65 mm film, and wanted to capture some footage in actual outer space.[23][24] According to Kasdan, the Lucasfilm creative team developed a general idea early on as to how they wanted the film to end.[25]

According to Mark Hamill, George Lucas's outline for the sequel trilogy had Luke Skywalker surviving until Episode IX and training Leia in the Force.[26] Hamill was an advocate for this version of the story.[27]

Death of Carrie FisherEdit

"The minute she finished, she grabbed me and said, 'I'd better be at the forefront of IX!' Because Harrison was front and center on VII, and Mark is front and center on VIII. She thought IX would be her movie. And it would have been."
Kathleen Kennedy on Carrie Fisher's death[src]

Carrie Fisher died on December 27, 2016. In light of this, Trevorrow met with Kennedy in January 2017 to discuss possible story solutions.[28] Kennedy said that the team had "pretty much started over,"[29] and it was reported that Jack Thorne was hired to rewrite the initial script.[7] However, in September 2017, it was announced that Trevorrow had left the project due to creative differences,[3] and would be replaced by The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams, who would also co-write the film with Chris Terrio.[1] Disney agreed to pay a fee to Paramount Pictures so that Abrams could make the film, as he had been in breach of contract with the latter by his involvement in The Force Awakens.[30]

It's not yet known how Fisher's passing will affect the role of General Leia Organa in Star Wars: Episode IX or any future Star Wars films.[31] Lucasfilm has dispelled rumors that it would digitally recreate Fisher in future films.[32] Fisher's brother Todd claimed he and Billie Lourd had granted Lucasfilm rights to use recent footage of her.[33] However, Kennedy later confirmed that Fisher will not be in the film.[34]


"I had no intention to return. But when the opportunity presented itself to finish a story that we had begun with these new characters, to tell the last chapter of their story, it felt like there was a chance to do it in a way where we could go beyond, and do better than we did in Seven."
J.J. Abrams on returning to Star Wars[src]

Principal photography is expected to begin in July 2018,[35] under the working title of "trlXie" (originally "Black Diamond").[36][37] Some sequences are planned to be filmed with IMAX cameras.[38]

On June 28, while promoting his lastest film Sicario: Day of the Soldado, Benicio Del Toro expressed his interest on reprising his role as DJ from Episode VIII.[39]

On July 6, it was reported that actress Keri Russell is in early talks for a role in Episode IX.[40] Three days later, it was reported that Billy Dee Williams would be reprising his role as Lando Calrissian in Episode IX.[41]


During a concert with the Young Musician's Foundation Debut Orchestra on February 9, 2013, composer John Williams said he was hoping to get the chance to write the musical scores for the sequel trilogy films.[42] After composing The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, Williams is slated to write the musical score for Episode IX,[43] though he has said that it will most likely be his final Star Wars project.[14]


The film was originally scheduled for release on May 24, 2019,[44] but was later pushed back to December 20,[15] giving the May 24 date to the live-action remake of Aladdin.[45]


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Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 SWCustom-2011 J. J. Abrams to Write and Direct Star Wars: Episode IX on
  2. 2.0 2.1 SWCustom-2011 Colin Trevorrow to Direct Star Wars: Episode IX on
  3. 3.0 3.1 SWCustom-2011 A Statement Regarding Star Wars: Episode IX on
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 DISNEY TO ACQUIRE LUCASFILM LTD.. The Walt Disney Company. (2012-10-30). Retrieved on October 31, 2012.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Chitwood, Adam (February 5, 2015). Exclusive: J.J. Abrams Talks STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS and That New Lightsaber. Collider. Retrieved on February 6, 2015.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Chitwood, Adam (2016-01-12). 'Star Wars: Episode IX' Director Colin Trevorrow Promises "Satisfying" Answer to Rey Theories. Collider. Retrieved on February 27, 2016.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Kit, Borys (August 1, 2017). 'Star Wars: Episode IX' Gets a New Writer (Exclusive). The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved on August 1, 2017.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.6 8.7 Breznican, Anthony (2017-12-17). The Last Jedi spoiler talk: Rian Johnson on Supreme Leader Snoke's startling scenes. Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved on May 2, 2018.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 9.6 9.7 UTA Signs 'Star Wars' Lead Daisy Ridley. (August 7, 2014). Retrieved on August 11, 2014.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Keslassy, Elsa (May 13, 2016). John Boyega: New 'Star Wars' Is 'Darker, Bigger' Than 'Force Awakens'. Variety. Retrieved on May 13, 2016.
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 Hiatt, Brian (May 18, 2016). Oscar Isaac: The Internet's Boyfriend Becomes a Leading Man. Rolling Stone. Retrieved on May 18, 2016.
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 12.5 Boulton, Jessica (September 20, 2015). Star Wars' C-3PO on how R2-D2 was no Force to reckon with and Princess Leia in a bikini was boring. Retrieved on September 20, 2015.
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 13.5 TwitterLogo @realjimmyvee (Jimmy Vee) on Twitter "Yes hopefully il be in all of them from now on."
  14. 14.0 14.1 JOHN WILLIAMS SAYS HE’S DONE WITH STAR WARS AFTER EPISODE IX. Nerdist (March 2, 2018). Retrieved on March 4, 2018.
  15. 15.0 15.1 TwitterLogo @starwars (Star Wars) on Twitter "Star Wars: Episode IX is scheduled for release on December 20, 2019." (screenshot)
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  17. Kit, Borys (2012-11-20, 4:41pm PST). 'Star Wars': Lawrence Kasdan, Simon Kinberg to Write, Produce - Hollywood Reporter. The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved on November 21, 2012.
  18. Disney Confirms Standalone Star Wars Films; May Be Released Between New Core Episodes
  19. Skrebels, Joe (March 2, 2018). J.J. ABRAMS WROTE DRAFTS FOR STAR WARS 8 AND 9, SAYS DAISY RIDLEY. IGN. Retrieved on March 5, 2018.
  20. Keegan, Rebecca (2014-06-20). Rian Johnson boarding 'Star Wars' franchise as writer and director. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved on June 23, 2014.
  21. TwitterLogo @rianjohnson (Rian Johnson) on Twitter "That's old info, I haven't been involved in writing IX."
  22. Boone, John (January 11, 2016). EXCLUSIVE: Colin Trevorrow Responds to the Petition to Bring George Lucas Back for 'Star Wars: Episode IX'. 'Entertainment Tonight'. Retrieved on January 12, 2016.
  23. 23.0 23.1 Sciretta, Peter (November 11, 2016). 'Star Wars: Episode 9' Will Be Shot On 65mm Film. Slashfilm. Retrieved on November 12, 2016.
  24. Lee, Ashley (January 28, 2016). 'Star Wars: Episode IX' Director Wants to Shoot on Film, Not Digital — and in Outer Space. The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved on January 30, 2016.
  25. Rottenberg, Josh (December 22, 2015). Lawrence Kasdan on the 'crazy different' Han Solo film and where 'Star Wars' will go from here. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved on September 17, 2017.
  26. Skrebels, Joe (March 26, 2018). Mark Hamill Reveals Ending to George Lucas' Star Wars: Episode 9. IGN. Retrieved on March 27, 2018.
  27. Agar, Chris (March 13, 2018). Mark Hamill Originally Wanted Luke To Die In Star Wars: Episode 9. Screen Rant. Retrieved on March 19, 2018.
  28. Kit, Borys (January 5, 2017). 'Star Wars' Braintrust Sets Meeting to Plot Leia's Life After Carrie Fisher's Death. The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved on January 5, 2017.
  29. Breznican, Anthony (April 14, 2017). Kathleen Kennedy says Star Wars: Episode IX 'started over' after Carrie Fisher's death. Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved on May 6, 2017.
  30. Masters, Kim (September 20, 2017). 'Star Wars' Director Drama: How J.J. Abrams Jilted Paramount for 'Episode IX'. The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved on September 20, 2017.
  31. Littlejohn, Georgina (December 28, 2016). POSTHUMOUS PRINCESS Is Carrie Fisher in Star Wars Episode 8 and what will happen to Princess Leia now the actress is dead? Here's what we know. The Sun. Retrieved on December 28, 2016.
  32. SWCustom-2011 A Statement Regarding New Rumors on
  33. Desborough, James (2017-04-07). The late Carrie Fisher will appear in 'Star Wars: Episode 9', says brother Todd Fisher. New York Daily News. Retrieved on April 8, 2017.
  34. Rothman, Michael (April 14, 2017). Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy says Carrie Fisher will not be in 'Episode IX'. ABC News. Retrieved on April 16, 2017.
  35. Britt, Ryan (February 22, 2018). J.J. Abrams Slammed Jameson With Colbert Before Accepting 'Star Wars'. Inverse. Retrieved on February 22, 2018.
  36. Cameron, Brian (June 1, 2018). Exclusive: Episode IX gets a new working title.
  37. Cameron, Brian (December 17, 2017). Exclusive: Fantha Tracks reveal the working title of Episode IX. Retrieved on December 20, 2017.
  38. Orange, B. Alan (February 22, 2016). Star Wars: The Last Jedi Luke Skywalker Scenes Were Shot in IMAX. MovieWeb. Retrieved on February 22, 2016.
  39. Lovett, Jamie (June 28, 2018). Benicio Del Toro Would Like to Return for Another 'Star Wars' Film. Retrieved on July 15, 2018.
  40. Kroll, Justin (2018-07-06). ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’ Eyes Keri Russell (EXCLUSIVE). Variety. Retrieved on July 6, 2018.
  41. Kit, Borys (2018-07-09). 'Star Wars': Billy Dee Williams Reprising Role as Lando Calrissian (EXCLUSIVE). Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved on July 9, 2018.
  42. Williams Says He 'Hopes' to Work on New Star Wars Trilogy. JWFan (February 11, 2013). Retrieved on February 21, 2013.
  43. Burlingame, Jon (January 10, 2018). John Williams Is on Target to Set Yet Another Oscar Record. Variety. Retrieved on January 10, 2018.
  44. SWCustom-2011 Star Wars: Episode IX and Next Indiana Jones Get Release Dates on
  45. Harp, Justin (September 17, 2017). Star Wars Episode 9 has been delayed by seven months after Disney swaps its release date with Aladdin. Digital Spy. Retrieved on May 3, 2018.
  46. Marc, Christopher (2018-02-12). ‘Episode IX’ Adds ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Blade Runner 2049’ Art Director Paul Inglis. Retrieved on March 20, 2018.
  47. Kroll, Justin (April 17, 2018). 'Star Wars': J.J. Abrams Taps Victoria Mahoney as 'Episode IX' Second Unit Director. Variety.
  48. EXCLUSIVE: Star Wars: Episode IX Seemingly Casting A Major Expanded Universe Character. That Hashtag Show. on April 21, 2018.

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