As we wait as patiently as we can for Disney to give us a taste of the next Star Wars movie, they’ve already gone about making us even more excited for Star Wars: Episode IX by announcing the movie’s release date.
It’s been confirmed for a May 24, 2019 release, and it’s been reported that casting for Episode IX could already be taking place this July, according to NME.
NME reports that Star Wars: Episode IX is set to be directed by Colin Trevorrow (Jurassic World) and will close the current Star Wars trilogy with the stories of Rey, Finn, Poe, and Kylo Ren.
In addition to Star Wars: Episode VIII, set for a Dec. 15 release, and Star Wars: Episode IX, a forthcoming Han Solo Star Wars spinoff is the second in an anthology of stand alone Star Wars movies. The first movie, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, was released in December 2016.
And as we would have hoped, the beloved Princess Leia will appear in the ninth installment of the Star Wars franchise—without the use of CGI, which was reported earlier this month. Fisher's brother, Todd Fisher, and her daughter, Billie Lourd, gave Disney the green light to use recent, unused movie footage of Fisher as Leia for 2019's Star Wars: Episode IX.
Leia will already appear in this year's Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which comes out Dec. 17, since filming had wrapped before her death.
Fisher told The New York Daily News, “She's as much a part of it as anything and I think her presence now is even more powerful than it was, like Obi Wan—when the saber cuts him down he becomes more powerful. I feel like that's what's happened with Carrie. I think the legacy should continue.”
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