Star Wars fans don’t have to hold their breath long; filming for Star Wars Episode IX will start filming by next year.
Screenrant.com reports that Lucasfilm has plans to start production as early as January 2018, shortly after Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be out in theaters. Episode IX’s director, Colin Trevorrow, is likely following a similar path as Episode VIII’s production schedule, when The Last Jedi’s Rian Johnson began filming in February 2016.
Additionally, Vanity Fair’s cover story of Star Wars: The Last Jedi also reveals that initially, Carrie Fisher’s General Leia Organa was going to be at the forefront of Episode IX. However, due to Fisher’s untimely passing in December 2016, Lucasfilm had to go back to square one. There hasn’t been any news of a final script, but since a production timeline has been announced, we may be getting a new synopsis and official title by the end of this year.
The announcement of Episode IX’s production timeline only adds to this week’s media coverage of the Star Wars franchise, with Vanity Fair having the main cast of Episode VIII gracing four covers of their 40th-anniversary issue.
Star Wars: Episode IX is set to release in 2019.