Having returned to close out the Sequel Trilogy after launching things back in 2015 with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, director J.J. Abrams has announced that filming has now wrapped on December’s still-untitled Star Wars: Episode IX.
“It feels impossible, but today wrapped photography on Episode IX. There is no adequate way to thank this truly magical crew and cast. I’m forever indebted to you all,” wrote Abrams, as well as sharing a behind-the-scenes image featuring Daisy Ridley (Rey), John Boyega (Finn) and Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron).
It feels impossible, but today wrapped photography on Episode IX. There is no adequate way to thank this truly magical crew and cast. I’m forever indebted to you all. pic.twitter.com/138AprtFuZ
— JJ Abrams (@jjabrams) February 15, 2019
Despite shooting since this past summer, Lucasfilm has managed to keep Episode IX locked down, with very little in the way of set photos and spoilers (genuine, non-Mike Zeroh ones, anyway) making their way online. There’s little to take home from the above photo either, save for the fact we’re in for a return to a desert planet (presumably Jakku?) and that Rey appears to be wielding her staff again.
Now, can we have a title please?
Star Wars: Episode IX is set for release on December 20th 2019 with J.J. Abrams (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) directing a cast that includes Star Wars veterans Daisy Ridley (Rey), Adam Driver (Kylo Ren), John Boyega (Finn), Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron), Lupita Nyong’o (Maz Kanata), Domhnall Gleeson (General Hux), Kelly Marie Tran (Rose Tico), Joonas Suotamo (Chewbacca), Billie Lourd (Lieutenant Connix), Greg Grunberg (Snap Wexley), Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian) and Carrie Fisher (Leia Organa) as well as new additions Naomi Ackie (Lady Mabeth), Richard E. Grant (Logan), Dominic Monaghan (Lost), Matt Smith (Doctor Who) and Keri Russell (The Americans).