The next film in the most recent trilogy, Star Wars: Episode IX is finishing up filming, and new details are slowly emerging about what fans can expect from the final film.
Director Rian Johnson created a new batch of characters to carry the fans of the Skywalker story into a new Star Wars decade. Thus, The Force Awakens was born. In past films, there have been time jumps worked in for sure. There was a one year jump between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, but an entire decade jump between The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones. This really left the possibilities endless for this one. The Resistance lost Han and many of its members, and needs significant time to rebuild its forces.
Lucasfilm kept the details of the time span under wraps, but now we’re learning from Empire via CBR, that Episode IX is certainly one year after the events of The Last Jedi, which see Luke Skywalker fading into the force.
John Boyega has hinted he would be growing out his hair for the return of Finn, which prompted fans to assume a time jump immediately as well.
So now we know the film will take place in 35 ABY (after Battle of Yavin). The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi were set in 34 ABY.
Many characters will be returning for Star Wars: Episode IX including the main cast Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Kelly Marie Tran, and John Boyega. Mark Hamill is also returning to reprise the role of Luke. Fans were happy to hear that Billy Dee Williams and Carrie Fisher will appear as Lando Calrissian and Leia (via archival footage) as well. It’s looking more and more like these appearances won’t be featured as heavily as fans are hoping.
We can look forward to scenes featuring Matt Smith, Kerri Russell, Richard E. Grant and Ackie in the about 2 hour and 15 minute film. Rey, Finn, Rose Kylo Ren and Poe also have to take up a good chunk of it. The film, after all, will star Daisy Ridley and Adam Driver in the forefront. Another creature who is rumored to appear much less are Porgs. Apparently, they’ll be featured little to none in the upcoming trilogy ender.
What we know for sure is that this will be a forever farewell to Luke, Leia and Lando.
Star Wars: Episode IX hits theaters on December 20, 2019.
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