Is filming for ‘Star Wars 9’ starting soon?

A new report suggests production could be nearing its start on the final part of the current trilogy

Filming for Star Wars: Episode 9 could start sooner than expected, according to a new report.

The report claims that production on the film could begin as soon as April 2017, with it rumoured to be being filmed at Buckinghamshire’s Pinewood Studios. Star Wars: The Force AwakensRogue One: A Star Wars Story and Star Wars: Episode 8 were all shot at the studio.

On Location Vacations also suggests that Episode 9 will be released on May 23, 2019, but that date could be changed to a December 2019 release to match up with the three aforementioned films in the franchise.

The Force Awakens was released on December 18, 2o15, while Rogue One will be in cinemas on December 16, 2016. Episode 8 is currently set for a December 15, 2017 release.

As Movieweb points out, though, the second Star Wars spin-off, Han Solo: A Star Wars Story, will be released on May 25, 2018 – the 41st anniversary of the first film in the franchise, A New Hope.

Neither Disney or LucasFilm have confirmed either when Episode 9 will begin filming or when it will be released.

It was recently suggested that Star Wars’ ‘episode’ movies could finish when the current trilogy draws to a close.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, the franchise’s producer and head of Lucasfilm, Kathleen Kennedy, speculated that the franchise could only release standalone films in the future.

“That’s a conversation going on right now, too,” she said. “I have to honestly tell you, could we [do nothing but standalones]? Sure. But I don’t know. We are looking at all of that.”

“There are [possible movies] that we have been talking a lot about,” Kennedy added. “But we are planning to sit down in January, since we will have had The Force Awakens released, now Rogue One, and we’ve finished shooting Episode VIII.”

“We have enough information where we can step back a little bit and say, ‘What are we doing? What do we feel is exciting? And what are some of the things we want to explore?’”