The final chapter of the Skywalker Saga — and perhaps of the Star Wars universe as we know it — has begun and writer-director J.J. Abrams announced the start of principal photography with a mysterious, blurry shot from the set on Episode IX and a “bittersweet” caption that pays tribute to the late Carrie Fisher and to creator George Lucas.
Bittersweet starting this next chapter without Carrie, but thanks to an extraordinary cast and crew, we are ready to go. Grateful for @rianjohnson and special thanks to George Lucas for creating this incredible world and beginning a story of which we are lucky to be a part. #IX pic.twitter.com/FOfnGwVut5
— JJ Abrams (@jjabrams) August 1, 2018
Abrams returns to direct the final chapter in the third trilogy that he kicked off as the director of The Force Awakens. This time around, he co-wrote the script for the movie with Chris Terrio. Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, Lupita Nyong’o, Kelly Marie Tran, Billie Lourd and Joonas Suotamo reprise their roles from The Last Jedi, joining series veterans Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels and Billy Dee Williams. Joining the cast are Keri Russell, Naomi Ackie and Richard E. Grant.
Star Wars: Episode IX is slated to open on December 20, 2019.