J.J. Abrams confirmed on an episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert that the script for Star Wars: Episode IX is completed and filming will begin in late July.It feels like yesterday when Disney bought the rights to Star Wars, and they announced the sequel trilogy. Now we're already two movies deep in the trilogy, one anthology film, and another on the way in just a few months, with one final film in the trilogy left that will undoubtedly complete the Skywalker saga. It's unbelievable to think.
J.J. Abrams directed Episode VII, The Force Awakens which I fell in love with and carried excitement for even after its release. I also loved The Last Jedi, but for some reason didn't have the same enthusiasm for before the film's release. It probably just had to do with Episode VII being a brand new story with new characters that we knew nothing about, plus the return of the beloved heroes from the original trilogy.
The excitement's returning now that more details are arising for the conclusion of the sequel trilogy. Although it's perfectly normal for script rewrites and new ideas to surface in this portion of the process, it's a bittersweet feeling knowing that the outcome of the story is now written. We just have to wait for a little under two years to know what that final outcome is.
Abrams co-wrote the script with screenwriter Chris Terrio who is best known for writing 2012's well-received Argo and 2016's not-so-well-received Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Abrams had been hired on to direct Episode IX in place of Colin Trevorrow who was originally hired to finish out the trilogy but was later let go by Disney due to creative differences.
Episode IX will be released in December 2019. Until then, we have the highly anticipated Solo: A Star Wars Story film directed by Ron Howard coming up, giving us a glimpse into the world of the young Han Solo when he meets Chewbacca, Lando Calrissian, and becomes owner of the famous YT-1300 Light Freighter, the Millennium Falcon.
Check out the interview with J.J. Abrams on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert below and let us know what you think!