Here’s exactly what John Boyega said to Yahoo Finance….
“I can’t wait to start shooting the next and final leg of the [Star Wars] franchise. The first step is growing out my hair, so you can wait for the trailer to see why.”
Screenrant and others are reading in to this that there’ll be big time jump between the on-screen event of Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Star Wars: Episode IX; this is what they think…
The Last Jedi actually broke from tradition by picking up right after its predecessor, The Force Awakens. Prior to that, the films within each Star Wars movie trilogy were typically separated by about 1-3 years, with the exception of The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones (which take place a decade apart).
A lot has changed since Episode 9 first entered development. The film was originally set to be cowritten and directed by Colin Trevorrow (Jurassic World), before the filmmaker stepped down over creative differences with Lucasfilm. Force Awakens helmsman J.J. Abrams has since signed on to direct Episode 9 instead, from a script that Abrams is cowriting with Argo, Batman V Superman, and Justice League screenwriter Chris Terrio. The pair are tasked with not only bringing the current trilogy to a satisfying close, but also finding a tasteful way to “retire” the Leia character after Carrie Fisher’s death in 2016.
Between having to deal with all that and everything that went down in Last Jedi, it’s no surprise to hear Boyega hint that Episode 9 will feature a significant jump ahead in time. Speaking about his involvement in the launch of the UK DeamLab app (a mobile phone app to help in the fight against cancer), Boyega revealed that his character Finn will be sporting much longer hair the next time audiences see him.
You can download the DreamLab app for iOS and Android now and help the fight about cancer — read more about that here.