Everything to Know about STAR WARS IX Opening December 20, 2019

STAR WARS IX promises the end of the Skywalker Saga. J.J. Abrams returns to what he started when STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS premiered in December 2015. This post will have all the official information for STAR WARS IX including the title, images, trailers, and more. Continue reading for all the current news for STAR WARS IX, and we’ll continue to update this post as more information becomes available.

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Filming commenced August 1, 2018 at London’s Pinewood Studios. Returning cast members include Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, and Billie Lourd. Joining the cast of STAR WARS IX are Naomi Ackie, Richard E. Grant, and Keri Russell.

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Bittersweet starting this next chapter without Carrie, but thanks to an extraordinary cast and crew, we are ready to go. Grateful for @rianjohnson and special thanks to George Lucas for creating this incredible world and beginning a story of which we are lucky to be a part. #IX @JJAbrams

While Luke Skywalker disappeared at the end of STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI, Lucasfilm confirmed Mark Hamill would be back for STAR WARS IX. [Force ghost perhaps?] Star Wars veterans returning for this final edition include Anthony Daniels (C-3PO) and Billy Dee Williams, who will reprise his role as Lando Calrissian.

The role of Leia Organa will once again be played by Carrie Fisher, using previously unreleased footage shot for STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS. “We desperately loved Carrie Fisher,” says Abrams. “Finding a truly satisfying conclusion to the Skywalker saga without her eluded us. We were never going to recast, or use a CG character. With the support and blessing from her daughter, Billie, we have found a way to honor Carrie’s legacy and role as Leia in Episode IX by using unseen footage we shot together in Episode VII.”


Composer John Williams, who has scored every chapter in the Star Wars saga since 1977’s A NEW HOPE, will return to a galaxy far, far away with STAR WARS IX.

John Williams, Daisy Ridley, Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy pose together as Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm’s presents “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” World Premiere in Hollywood, California on Monday, December 14, 2015..(Photo: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages)

Lucasfilm revealed in September 2017 that J.J. Abrams returns to complete the sequel trilogy as writer and director of STAR WARS IX. Abrams will co-write the film with Chris Terrio. STAR WARS IX will be produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Michelle Rejwan, Abrams, Bad Robot, and Lucasfilm.

“With The Force Awakens, J.J. delivered everything we could have possibly hoped for, and I am so excited that he is coming back to close out this trilogy,” said Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy.

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Writer-director J.J. Abrams (L) and filmmaker George Lucas attend the World Premiere of STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS at the Dolby, El Capitan, and TCL Theatres on December 14, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Disney)

However, it has not been all smooth sailing for STAR WARS IX. At the 2015 D23 Expo, Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn originally announced that writer-director Colin Trevorrow (director of JURASSIC WORLD) would direct STAR WARS IX, but, two years later, Lucasfilm Ltd. issued a statement and announced Colin Trevorrow would no longer be in charge of the film.

Lucasfilm and Colin Trevorrow have mutually chosen to part ways on Star Wars: Episode IX. Colin has been a wonderful collaborator throughout the development process but we have all come to the conclusion that our visions for the project differ.

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ALAN HORN (Chairman, The Walt Disney Studios) at D23 EXPO 2015 (Disney/Image Group LA)

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