Star Wars: Episode IX to start filming in January 2018

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Star Wars: Episode IX will begin filming this January, according to Vanity Fair magazine’s cover story celebrating Episode VIII: The Last Jedi.

The final installment of the new trilogy that began with Episode VII: The Force Awakens will be directed by Colin Trevorrow from a script by Trevorrow and Last Jedi director Rian Johnson.

According to Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy in the Vanity Fair story, Episode IX would have showcased General Leia Organa even more than VII and VIII. Carrie Fisher’s death late last year changed that; she has a larger role in VIII than in VII, but The Last Jedi is now Leia’s last adventure.

Episode IX is breaking with its two predecessors and opening in the summer when Star Wars movies have, until recently, traditionally debuted. It is set to premiere May 24, 2019.

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