The official Star Wars website has revealed the vast for the upcoming and as of yet untitled Star Wars Episode IX. You can read the announcement below.
UPDATE: Actress Keri Russell has been added to the new cast joining the franchise. She previously worked with J.J. Abrams on his series ‘Felicity’ and had a role in Mission Impossible III which Abrams also Directed.
STAR WARS: EPISODE IX CAST ANNOUNCED
RETURNING AND NEW CAST MEMBERS WILL JOIN TOGETHER FOR THE FINAL INSTALLMENT OF THE SKYWALKER SAGA.
Star Wars: Episode IX will begin filming at London’s Pinewood Studios on August 1, 2018. J.J. Abrams returns to direct the final installment of the Skywalker saga. Abrams co-wrote the screenplay with Chris Terrio.
Returning cast members include Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, and Billie Lourd. Joining the cast of Episode IX are Naomi Ackie and Richard E. Grant, who will be joined by veteran Star Wars actors Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, and Billy Dee Williams, who will reprise his role as Lando Calrissian.
The role of Leia Organa will once again be played by Carrie Fisher, using previously unreleased footage shot for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. “We desperately loved Carrie Fisher,” says Abrams. “Finding a truly satisfying conclusion to the Skywalker saga without her eluded us. We were never going to recast, or use a CG character. With the support and blessing from her daughter, Billie, we have found a way to honor Carrie’s legacy and role as Leia in Episode IX by using unseen footage we shot together in Episode VII.”
Composer John Williams, who has scored every chapter in the Star Wars saga since 1977’s A New Hope, will return to a galaxy far, far away with Episode IX.
Star Wars: Episode IX will be produced by Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Michelle Rejwan, and executive produced by Callum Greene and Jason McGatlin. The crew includes Dan Mindel (Director of Photography), Rick Carter and Kevin Jenkins (Co-Production Designers), Michael Kaplan (Costume Designer), Neal Scanlan (Creature and Droid FX), Maryann Brandon and Stefan Grube (Editors), Roger Guyett (VFX Supervisor), Tommy Gormley (1st AD), and Victoria Mahoney (2nd Unit Director).
Release is scheduled for December 2019.
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So what do we take from this? Let’s go in order shall we? Production starts on August 1st at Pinewood. That’s next week!!!
It’s the final instalment of the Skywalker Saga. Does this mean no more episodic films in the future? Can we have episodic films without Skywalkers? Is this just smoke and mirrors? Could be. Kylo is technically a Skywalker and they might not kill him off at the end. Just saying.
New cast members!!! Naomi Ackie who I can’t say that I have seen in anything. I might have seen her Doctor Who episode but I never really kept up with the series and Richard E. Grant of ‘Withnail & I’ fame.
Anyone notice who was missing from the returning cast list? Gwendoline Christie? Could Phasma be dead or is this more smoke and mirrors and we get a Phasma surprise?
And look who is coming back, Billy Dee Williams as Lando and Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker… Force Ghost??? I’m wondering if Luke will be in it quite a bit or Mark Hamill is coming to England for a holiday with a day, or maybe two of filming like with The Force Awakens.
And finally, the part I am the least sure about… Leia Organa will be played by Carrie Fisher by utilising unused footage from The Force Awakens. I’ll be honest, I’m a little worried about that. Of course it depends on the footage and the size of the role in the film. If I remember correctly, there was a sub-plot involving Leia’s aide, Kor Sella taking a message from Leia to the Senate and then boom, Hosnian Prime blows up… if it’s a craftily waited version of that message then my fear will be unfounded but if she is playing a substantial role in the film and they have written a script around her old lines then it seems a bit iffy to me.
So there we have it, Episode IX is about to be filmed. I’m thinking that in a couple of months we will get the Omaze charity video which will give us a brief look at some bits and pieces and maybe some set pictures but seeing as it’s J.J. Abrams directing I reckon it will be very hush, hush.
If you would like to read the Press Release on the official site you can visit it HERE.
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