The Rise of Skywalker
The cast announcement for Episode IX was revealed on July 27 which also listed August 1 as the official start date for filming. To celebrate the completion of the first day of filming, director J.J. Abrams tweeted out this photo giving us a behind-the-camera view (literally) of the interior of the Millennium Falcon‘s cockpit.
Episode IX has been a fluid production ahead of today’s official title reveal.
Lucasfilm initially announced Colin Trevorrow would be at the helm of Episode IX back in August of 2015 and assigned it a May 24, 2019 release date. Fast forward to August of 2017 when word came down that Jack Thorne had reportedly been brought onboard as a new writer to work alongside Trevorrow on the project.
Shortly after the Thorne report, it was announced that Trevorrow had been removed from Episode IX as director, prompting large portions of the community to call for Rian Johnson, the man behind Episode VIII, to return to the director’s chair.
Alas, that turned out to be wishful thinking (Johnson will be busy developing his own Star Wars trilogy instead) as Lucasfilm announced in September of 2017 that J.J. Abrams would be coming back to the GFFA as director and co-writer along with Chris Terrio for Episode IX after revitalizing the franchise with 2015’s The Force Awakens. About half a year later, we received some ground-breaking news when we learned Victoria Mahoney had been named second unit director for Episode IX, marking the first time a female would be taking the lead behind the camera for a Star Wars theatrical film. The change in directors from Trevorrow to Abrams prompted Lucasfilm to push back the theatrical release date for Episode IX to December 20, 2019.
Abrams announced on February 15 that principal photography for Episode IX had officially wrapped.
What will the conclusion to the Sequel Trilogy and our beloved Skywalker saga have in store for fans? We’ll find out when The Rise of Skywalker storms into theaters this December!