‘Star Wars Episode IX’: Movie to be shot on 65mm film

The final instalment of the trilogy is expected to be released in 2019

Star Wars Episode IX is to be shot on 65mm film.

The movie, which is currently expected to be released in 2019, is listed by Kodak as one of the films they intend to use the format on. The company have added the ability to process 65mm film to their base in the UK.

As Movieweb explains, the format allows filmmakers to capture a larger frame in much better quality, meaning that Star Wars Episode IX won’t look grainy or unclear.

Directo Colin Trevorrow will be the first Star Wars director to film in 65mm. J.J. Abrams used 35mm film on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, as did Rian Johnson on Star Wars 8. The 65mm format has been repopularised of late, with Christopher Nolan and Quentin Tarantino using it on their movies Dunkirk and The Hateful Eight respectively.

There are three Star Wars movies to be released before Episode IXRogue One: A Star Wars Story will be in cinemas on December 16 and will be followed by Star Wars: Episode VIII a year later. An untitled Han Solo movie is scheduled for May 25, 2018 and Episode IX will follow on May 23, 2019.

Earlier this year, Trevorrow revealed ambitious plans to shoot his installment of the trilogy in space.

Speaking at a Sundance Film Festival event this week, Treverrow went on record as saying that he hopes to film some scenes for the title in outer space and is awaiting confirmation as to whether it will be possible.

“I asked the question, ‘Is it possible for us to shoot IMAX film plates in actual space for Star Wars?’” Trevorrow said on the ‘Power of Story: The Art of Film’ panel. “And I haven’t gotten an answer yet, but they’ve shot IMAX in space!”