Star Wars Episode 9 – what we know so far about the final film in the trilogy

Return to a galaxy far, far away

Star Wars Episode 8: The Last Jedi may still be months away, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t news about its follow-up, Episode 9, as well. Ahead of its release in 2019, here’s what we know about the final film in the new Skywalker trilogy.

What’s the latest?

A ‘Harry Potter’ writer has been brought on board to re-write the script
Jack Thorne, most famous for working with J.K. Rowling on the stage play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, has signed up to work on the second draft of the untitled Star Wars Episode IX – according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Star Wars Episode 9: what’s the release date?

May 24, 2019.

That could change, though. In January 2016 Disney moved the date of Episode 8 from its original date of May 26, 2017 to December 15, 2017, and it may well end up doing the same with Episode 9 if shooting overruns.

What is the title of Episode 9?

Unknown. We probably won’t find that out until mid-2018. Some fans have suggested that the titles of the new trilogy spell the first part of a sentence: The Force awakens the last Jedi ______. ‘For The Resistance’? Who knows.

Daisy Ridley (Rey) is expected to appear in Star Wars Episode 9Lucasfilm/Disney

Who’s directing Episode 9?

Colin Trevorrow. This guy is best known for the enormous, $1bn-making blockbuster Jurassic World. Talking about his approach to the film, he says he wants to mirror George Lucas: “I just want to embrace that kind of invention and creativity that he brought to it,” he said in January 2016. “When George Lucas made Star Wars, people thought it was crazy. But it’s the greatest story ever told.”

How will Episode 9 be filmed?

It’s going to be filmed on 65mm format – a first for the series. The Force Awakens was shot on 35mm, and so was The Last Jedi. 65mm film will mean Colin Trevorrow will be able to work with large frames at higher quality – making the experience similar to IMAX.

Who’s in Episode 9?

Unless one of these characters dies in The Last Jedi, we can expect to see Daisy Ridley (Rey), John Boyega (Finn), Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron), Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), Adam Driver (Kylo Ren), Domhnall Gleeson (General Hux), Gwendoline Christie (Captain Phasma), Billie Lourd (Lieutenant connix), Lupita Nyong’o (Maz Kanata) and Andy Serkis (Supreme Leader Snoke). Lucasfilm have confirmed they won’t be using CGI to recreate Carrie Fisher in the film, following her death in December 2016, so she is unlikely to appear at all.

How will Carrie Fisher’s death affect Episode 9?

Before her death in December 2016, Carrie Fisher had shot all of her part in Episode 8, The Last Jedi – but she was rumoured to play role in Episode 9 too. Fans initially worried that Lucasfilm would make the same decision it made with Peter Cushing in Rogue One and digitally recreate her with CGI, but in January the company stated the following:

“We don’t normally respond to fan or press speculation, but there is a rumour circulating that we would like to address. We want to assure our fans that Lucasfilm has no plans to digitally recreate Carrie Fisher’s performance as Princess or General Leia Organa. Carrie Fisher was, is, and always will be a part of the Lucasfilm family. She was our princess, our general, and more importantly, our friend. We are still hurting from her loss. We cherish her memory and legacy as Princess Leia, and will always strive to honour everything she gave to Star Wars.”

Carrie Fisher will not be digitally recreated in Star Wars: Episode 9.Lucasfilm/Disney

Will John Williams score Episode 9?

We don’t know yet – but he is scoring The Last Jedi, so there’s every reason he will be.

When will shooting begin?

In December 2016, Deadline reported that filming won’t begin for ‘about a year’ – which would be late 2017. But according to a leaked casting call notice, shooting will begin in July 2017. Representatives of Lucasfilm haven’t confirmed the claim.