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"I've read the script and I've been on set. I was on set for, like, three weeks back in September, and it is going to be magical."
Billie Lourd on what Episode IX will be like[src]

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 a continuation of 2015's Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which Abrams also directed and co-wrote, and 2017's Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Lucasfilm has referred to Episode IX as the final film of the Skywalker saga.

The film stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong'o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, Billie Lourd, Naomi Ackie, Richard E. Grant, Keri Russell, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, and Billy Dee Williams. The late Carrie Fisher will appear via unused footage from The Force Awakens. 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 began on August 1, 2018, with a release scheduled for December 20, 2019.


"Between the Star Wars films, there's a different energy between JJ Abrams and Rian [Johnson]. I’ve been really lucky with the people I’ve worked with. That’s the joy, getting to change it up."
Domhnall Gleeson about working on Episode IX[src]

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.[12] With cinematographer John Schwartzman, Trevorrow planned to shoot on 65 mm film, and wanted to capture some footage in actual outer space.[13][14]

Various reports claimed that both Abrams and Johnson were involved with the story for Episode IX,[15][16] though they each denied this,[17][18] with Abrams saying on his part "We don't write a treatment but there are countless times we came up with something and said 'oh, this would be so great for Episode VIII!' or 'Thats what we could get to in IX!'[17] According to The Force Awakens co-writer Lawrence Kasdan, the Lucasfilm creative team developed a general idea early on as to how they wanted the film to end.[19]

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.[20] Hamill was an advocate for this version of the story.[21]

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.[22] Kennedy said that the team had "pretty much started over,"[23] 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).[24] Abrams pitched his story to Disney head Bob Iger in December 2017,[25] and had a script ready by February 2018.[26]

Lucasfilm dispelled rumors that it would digitally recreate Fisher in future films.[27] Fisher's brother Todd said that he and Billie Lourd had granted Lucasfilm rights to use footage of her.[28] Kennedy initially claimed that Fisher would not appear in the film,[29] though Abrams later confirmed that Fisher will appear in the film via unused footage from The Force Awakens[8]—a decision Fisher's brother credited to Abrams.[30]


"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 began on August 1, 2018,[8] under the working title of "trlXie" (originally "Black Diamond").[31][32] Some sequences are planned to be filmed with IMAX cameras.[33] According to Oscar Isaac, the shooting of IX has allowed for more improvisation than VII or VIII; "It’s a testament to J.J. coming back and feeling confident. There's less pressure for it to be right. We just want to make a good movie and have a really good time while doing it."[34] Filming is expected to wrap in February 2019.[35]

On June 28, while promoting Sicario: Day of the Soldado, Benicio Del Toro expressed interest in reprising his role as DJ from The Last Jedi.[36] On a September 25 interview with Screen Rant, Star Wars veteran Warwick Davis stated that he can't wait to receive a phone call to have a part in the film.[37]

Several cast members have revealed some details of the plot. Among them, John Boyega has stated that the film will take place at least one year after the events of Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi.[11] In an interview with USA Today, Oscar Isaac has stated that by the time in which the story takes place, the Resistance has been reduced to "guerrilla fighters", describing the film as a "war movie."[38] Dominic Monaghan, a late addition to the cast, revealed in the Distraction Pieces podcast that his character would only appear in the first act of the film and possibly briefly later on.[39]


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.[40] After composing The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, Williams is slated to write the musical score for Episode IX,[8] though he has said that it will most likely be his final Star Wars project.[9]


The film was originally scheduled for release on May 24, 2019,[41] but was later pushed back to December 20,[10] giving the May 24 date to the live-action remake of Aladdin.[42]


The film is projected by Forbes writer Scott Mendelson to open to higher box office records given that films like Wonder Woman 1984, James Bond 25 and Death on the Nile have been pushed back to 2020. As of the current moment, Episode IX will compete at box office with Jumanji 3 and Cats.[43]



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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 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. 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. 8.000 8.001 8.002 8.003 8.004 8.005 8.006 8.007 8.008 8.009 8.010 8.011 8.012 8.013 8.014 8.015 8.016 8.017 8.018 8.019 8.020 8.021 8.022 8.023 8.024 8.025 8.026 8.027 8.028 8.029 8.030 8.031 8.032 8.033 8.034 8.035 8.036 8.037 8.038 8.039 8.040 8.041 8.042 8.043 8.044 8.045 8.046 8.047 8.048 8.049 8.050 8.051 8.052 8.053 8.054 8.055 8.056 8.057 8.058 8.059 8.060 8.061 8.062 8.063 8.064 8.065 8.066 8.067 8.068 8.069 8.070 8.071 8.072 8.073 8.074 8.075 8.076 8.077 8.078 8.079 8.080 8.081 8.082 8.083 8.084 8.085 8.086 8.087 8.088 8.089 8.090 8.091 8.092 8.093 8.094 8.095 8.096 8.097 8.098 8.099 8.100 8.101 8.102 8.103 8.104 8.105 8.106 8.107 8.108 8.109 8.110 8.111 8.112 8.113 SWCustom-2011 Star Wars: Episode IX Cast Announced on
  9. 9.0 9.1 JOHN WILLIAMS SAYS HE’S DONE WITH STAR WARS AFTER EPISODE IX. Nerdist (March 2, 2018). Retrieved on March 4, 2018.
  10. 10.0 10.1 TwitterLogo @starwars (Star Wars) on Twitter "Star Wars: Episode IX is scheduled for release on December 20, 2019." (screenshot)
  11. 11.0 11.1 One Change John Boyega Is Making For Star Wars Episode IX. Cinemablend (May 1, 2018). Retrieved on May 2, 2018.
  12. 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.
  13. Sciretta, Peter (November 11, 2016). 'Star Wars: Episode 9' Will Be Shot On 65mm Film. Slashfilm. Retrieved on November 12, 2016.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. Keegan, Rebecca (2014-06-20). Rian Johnson boarding 'Star Wars' franchise as writer and director. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved on June 23, 2014.
  17. 17.0 17.1 Sciretta, Peter (December 14th, 2015). How J.J. Abrams and Rian Johnson Collaborated to Create the Future of Star Wars. /Film.
  18. TwitterLogo @rianjohnson (Rian Johnson) on Twitter "That's old info, I haven't been involved in writing IX."
  19. 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.
  20. Skrebels, Joe (March 26, 2018). Mark Hamill Reveals Ending to George Lucas' Star Wars: Episode 9. IGN. Retrieved on March 27, 2018.
  21. Agar, Chris (March 13, 2018). Mark Hamill Originally Wanted Luke To Die In Star Wars: Episode 9. Screen Rant. Retrieved on March 19, 2018.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. Evangelista, Chris (December 15th, 2017). J.J. Abrams Pitched the 'Star Wars: Episode IX' Story Today.
  26. Kilkenny, Katie (February 21, 2018). Watch Stephen Colbert and J.J. Abrams Take 'Late Show' Audience to Broadway Play. The Hollywood Reporter.
  27. SWCustom-2011 A Statement Regarding New Rumors on
  28. 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.
  29. Parker, Ryan (April 14, 2017). Carrie Fisher Will Not Appear in 'Star Wars: Episode IX'.
  30. Parker, Ryan (July 28, 2018). Carrie Fisher's Brother Credits J.J. Abrams for Leia Remaining in 'Star Wars' Saga.
  31. Cameron, Brian (June 1, 2018). Exclusive: Episode IX gets a new working title.
  32. Cameron, Brian (December 17, 2017). Exclusive: Fantha Tracks reveal the working title of Episode IX. Retrieved on December 20, 2017.
  33. Orange, B. Alan (February 22, 2016). Star Wars: The Last Jedi Luke Skywalker Scenes Were Shot in IMAX. MovieWeb. Retrieved on February 22, 2016.
  34. Kohn, Eric (October 12, 2018). Oscar Isaac Is Taking the Year Off After 'Star Wars: Episode IX,' So He's Passing on Everything.
  35. Bonomolo, Cameron (August 20, 2018). ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’ to Reportedly Wrap Filming in February 2019. Retrieved on August 20, 2018.
  36. Lovett, Jamie (June 28, 2018). Benicio Del Toro Would Like to Return for Another 'Star Wars' Film. Retrieved on July 15, 2018.
  37. Leadbeater, Alex (September 25, 2018). Warwick Davis Interview: Solo: A Star Wars Story. Screen Rant. Retrieved on September 27, 2018.
  38. 38.0 38.1 Truitt, Brian (2018-08-28, 12:30pm PST). 'Star Wars': Oscar Isaac says Carrie Fisher's still 'with us' filming 'Episode IX'. USA Today. Retrieved on August 30, 2018.
  39. Cavanaugh, Patrick (October 5, 2018). Star Wars: Dominic Monaghan Details His 'Episode IX' Screentime. Retrieved on October 6, 2018.
  40. Williams Says He 'Hopes' to Work on New Star Wars Trilogy. JWFan (February 11, 2013). Retrieved on February 21, 2013.
  41. SWCustom-2011 Star Wars: Episode IX and Next Indiana Jones Get Release Dates on
  42. 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.
  43. Mendelson, Scott (October 24, 2018). Box Office Prospects For 'Star Wars Episode 9' Just Got Much Brighter.
  44. 44.0 44.1 44.2 44.3 44.4 44.5 TwitterLogo @realjimmyvee (Jimmy Vee) on Twitter "Yes hopefully il be in all of them from now on."
  45. 45.0 45.1 45.2 TwitterLogo @BrianHezza (Brian Herring) on Twitter "1st shooting day for the little guy! So excited to be ‘rolling’ once again with @jjabrams and all the gang far, far away! Here’s to a fantastic shoot. #StarWars #IX #BB8 #puppeteer"
  46. TwitterLogo @DomsWildThings (Dominic Monaghan) on Twitter "Boom! Told ya. @starwars #becurious"
  47. Kroll, Justin (2018-08-28). ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’ Casts Matt Smith in Key Role (EXCLUSIVE). Variety. Retrieved on August 28, 2018.
  48. 48.0 48.1 48.2 TwitterLogo @greggrunberg (Greg Grunberg) on Twitter "OH SNAP! @GregGrunberg Returns, Episode IX Casting News!!!"
  49. Marc, Christopher (2018-02-12). 'Episode IX' Adds 'Game of Thrones' and 'Blade Runner 2049' Art Director Paul Inglis. Retrieved on March 20, 2018.
  50. EXCLUSIVE: Star Wars: Episode IX Seemingly Casting A Major Expanded Universe Character. That Hashtag Show. on April 21, 2018.
  51. 51.00 51.01 51.02 51.03 51.04 51.05 51.06 51.07 51.08 51.09 51.10 51.11 TwitterLogo @jjabrams (J.J. Abrams) on Twitter "Bittersweet starting this next chapter without Carrie, but thanks to an extraordinary cast and crew, we are ready to go. Grateful for @rianjohnson and special thanks to George Lucas for creating this incredible world and beginning a story of which we are lucky to be a part. #IX"

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