Unlike the events of The Last Jedi where the story picks up right after the conclusion of The Force Awakens, a certain period of time will have elapsed before the action in Episode IX gets underway on screen. John Boyega, via Empire’s new 2019 Preview issue, reveals that Episode IX takes place about one year after the events of TLJ in the official Star Wars timeline. This detail comes from page 82 of Empire’s issue (click the image below for a closer look) which was brought to our attention via this tweet from @starwarstuff.
This isn’t the first time Boyega has mentioned the inclusion of a time jump in Episode IX as he hinted at this very thing in an article posted earlier this year.
Not much is currently known about the final film in the Skywalker saga as Lucasfilm and director J.J. Abrams have kept Episode IX details under wraps, but at least we now have this little nugget of information.