Star Wars 9: Everything You Need To Know

With Lucasfilm moving ahead on Star Wars: Episode 9, we've collected all the key information you need to know in one convenient place.

  • Release Date: December 20, 2019
  • Cast: Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver
  • Director: J.J. Abrams
  • Writers: J.J. Abrams, Chris Terrio

Star Wars 9 Brings Back Sequel Trilogy Leads

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One of the greatest strengths of The Force Awakens was the new generation of memorable characters it introduced. Audiences gravitated towards Rey, Finn, Poe Dameron, and Kylo Ren (and BB-8) instantly, and this bunch has carried the sequel trilogy to its conclusion. Lucasfilm has yet to officially announce a complete cast list, but it’s long been reported Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, and Adam Driver will reprise their respective roles.

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No New Star Wars 9 Characters Are Rumored (Yet)

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A staple of the franchise is bringing fresh faces to the galaxy for each installment, so it’s possible Episode IX will follow suit. However, the rumor mill has been quiet on this front so far. With J.J. Abrams beginning production soon, that will likely change within the next couple of months. It’s also possible there are no new substantial roles.

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Kylo Ren Is Star Wars 9’s Main Villain

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Supreme Leader Snoke was seen by many as the sequel trilogy’s answer to the Emperor; the all-powerful dark side master who would have to be brought down for freedom to be restored to the galaxy. That’s why it was such a shock when Snoke was sliced in half by none other than Kylo Ren, who appointed himself as the First Order’s new ruler. Even Leia has given up on her son, so the former Ben Solo will continue to descend into darkness. His rival General Hux should also be back, seeing that Hux survived The Last Jedi.

Read More: Kylo Ren Cannot Be Redeemed In Episode 9

Star Wars 9 Does Not Have An Official Title

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Right now, the film is known as Star Wars: Episode IX publicly. Abrams might have a title in mind, but Lucasfilm won’t share it, since they’re placing all their attention on Solo. In all likelihood, the title won’t be announced until early 2019. Going by history, Star Wars movie names tend to hint at key plot elements, and Lucasfilm prefers to keep those as secret as possible.

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Leia Was Originally A Main Character In Star Wars 9

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The Force Awakens gave us one last adventure with Han Solo. The Last Jedi focused on the legend of Luke Skywalker. So it’s only fitting Lucasfilm’s initial plan for Episode IX was to place General Leia Organa at the forefront and have it be her movie. Unfortunately, Carrie Fisher passed away in December 2016, forcing the filmmakers to start from scratch. From the sound of things, Leia won’t be in the film – though her absence will have to be addressed.

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Last Jedi Complaints Won’t Influence Star Wars 9

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It’s no secret The Last Jedi was the most polarizing Star Wars film since the prequels, generating a wide range of opinions. Some extremely vocal dissenters even petitioned for it to be removed from franchise canon. Luckily for those who did like what Rian Johnson did with the material, Episode IX won’t try to course-correct after the backlash. Abrams submitted his Star Wars 9 pitch the day Last Jedi opened in theaters, and he liked Johnson’s direction.

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Star Wars 9 May End The Skywalker Saga

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From the beginning more than 40 years ago, Star Wars has always been tied to the Skywalker saga. Even spinoffs like Rogue One and Solo stem from that foundation, fleshing out aspects of the original trilogy. But with Lucasfilm announcing separate series like Rian Johnson’s new trilogy, it seems they’re about to let the past die. With Episode IX wrapping up the sequels, it could be the actual end of the story that started it all.

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J.J. Abrams Wrote Drafts For Star Wars 8 and 9

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Much like the original trilogy, Lucasfilm did not map out a full story for the sequels, but that didn’t stop Abrams from trying. In the earliest days of development, the Force Awakens helmsman wrote out drafts for the following two installments, but according to Daisy Ridley, Johnson discarded them when he started writing The Last Jedi. We may never know what Abrams’ idea was.

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Star Wars 9 Is John Williams’ Last Star Wars Movie

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Besides George Lucas, there is arguably nobody more important to Star Wars‘ success than John Williams. The legendary composer’s music is an integral ingredient of the films, giving us some of the most memorable themes in cinema. He’s scored all of the saga episodes and will return for Episode IX. Williams has hinted this will be his last go-around in the faraway galaxy, feeling that nine is more than enough for him.

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J.J. Abrams Is Directing Star Wars 9

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Abrams will get to finish what he started, coming on to helm Episode IX after Lucasfilm parted ways with original director Colin Trevorrow. Hired for the job in 2015, Trevorrow left the project in the fall of 2017 (just months after Phil Lord and Chris Miller were fired from Solo) due to creative differences. There was a point in time when Abrams was hesitant to helm one Star Wars movie, but now he’ll become the only director not named George Lucas to make two.

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Colin Trevorrow’s Star Wars 9 Pitch Made Daisy Ridley Cry

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Since Trevorrow was taken off of Episode IX well before The Last Jedi opened, specifics of his vision were never publicly revealed. The closest we got was an anecdote from SNL‘s Bobby Moynihan, who watched Trevorrow pull Ridley aside to spell out his pitch to her. Apparently, what Trevorrow had in mind was so emotional, it made Ridley cry. Jurassic World was criticized for its flat narrative, but perhaps this could have turned out differently.

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Star Wars 9 Is Written By J.J. Abrams and Chris Terrio

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When Abrams signed on to direct, it was also announced he’d be co-writing the script with Chris Terrio. This was the fourth attempt at a screenplay for the film, following multiple stabs by Trevorrow and then Jack Thorne. Terrio has gained infamy for his involvement on Batman V Superman and Justice League, but given the circumstances (especially in the case of the latter), it’s hard to fully hold those against him. Terrio also won an Oscar for Ben Affleck’s Argo, illustrating he has talent.

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Star Wars 9 Starts Filming In July

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When Trevorrow was in charge, Episode IX was scheduled to begin production in January 2018, but the change in creative team forced Lucasfilm to alter those plans. Giving Abrams and Terrio proper time to iron out their screenplay, the studio is now eyeing a summer start date, ahead of the holiday 2019 premiere.

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Star Wars 9 Has No Trailer

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Since the film hasn’t begun shooting yet, it’s no surprise there’s no preview for it. A teaser likely won’t be released until April 2019, keeping in line with the marketing strategies for Force Awakens and Last Jedi. Lucasfilm has another Star Wars Celebration planned for next year, so an Episode IX trailer could be the centerpiece of the event.

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Star Wars 9 Has No Poster

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If there’s no trailer, there’s also no poster. Star Wars has traditionally released those two marketing items in tandem. Like the first teaser, we’re predicting the first poster will debut in April 2019, possibly at Celebration (if that’s when it takes place).

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