"Star Wars: Episode IX" — Release date, cast and trailer news

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Very little is known about Star Wars: Episode IX but here's everything that's been revealed about our next journey to the galaxy far, far away....

As is the case with Star Wars and Marvel, Disney are keeping all their cards as close to their chest as possible.

The latest and final film in the Skywalker saga is due to release in December and we don't even have a title for Episode IX yet.

Next to nothing has been unveiled about the ninth episode in the main Star Wars franchise and thanks to the ending of The Last Jedi, we have no idea where the series could go next. For some, that only increases the hype and anticipation but others will be craving any scrap of info they can get hold of.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi - Luke and his Light Sabre

Naturally, all plot details surrounding Episode IX are being kept profusely under wraps and that's not something that's going to change for some time yet.

However, we could be about to learn a whole lot more about Episode IX as it's getting a panel at next month's Star Wars Celebration in Chicago. The panel in question will take place on April 12 and that could well be the day we finally learn the film's true name and get a long-awaited trailer.

While plot details have been thin on the ground so far, we do know who'll be directing Star Wars: Episode IX.

(CHINA OUT) Director J.J. Abrams attends 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' premiere at Shanghai Grand Theatre on December 27, 2015 in Shanghai, China.

J.J. Abrams, the man responsible for The Force Awakens and the rebooted Star Trek movies, is back in the director's chair for December's biggest film. Abrams was brought in to replace Colin Trevorrow as the Jurassic World director stepped away from the project in 2017.

Most of the cast from The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi are scheduled to return in Episode IX, including the late Carrie Fisher. It was announced in 2018 that unused footage from Episode VII will be repurposed to continue the story of Princess (or General) Leia Organa in Episode IX.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi - Leia in space

As well as returning cast members, Episode IX is set to bring in a handful of new faces for the climactic showdown. Richard E. Grant, Naomi Ackie and Keri Russell are all slated to make their first appearances in the Star Wars franchise, while the legendary Billy Dee Williams is set to make his highly anticipated return as the charismatic Lando Calrissian.

Matt Smith, the 11th Doctor, was reported to be appearing in Episode IX but has since made claims that he will not be in the film after all. Whether that's true or not remains to be seen.

Actor Matt Smith attends the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. 27522_011

The biggest piece of casting news however, is that Mark Hamill looks set to return to the franchise despite his character's fate in The Last Jedi. Hamill's Luke Skywalker will likely have a glowing-blue tint to him if and when he appears in the film.

The only real concrete news we've had on Episode IX is that filming on the final instalment of the sequel trilogy has now come to an end. The announcement was made by J.J. Abrams in mid-February as the director tweeted out a photo of the three main cast members embracing on what must have been the final day of filming.

Episode IX has a huge task ahead to try and bring the Star Wars fan base back together after the divisive The Last Jedi and Solo were met with fan fury and poor box office showings respectively.

The fate of Disney's Star Wars empire rests heavily on the success of the final film in the sequel trilogy. Can it deliver everything fans want?

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Confirmed Cast

Rey - Daisy Ridley

Kylo Ren/Ben Solo - Adam Driver

Finn - John Boyega

Poe Dameron - Oscar Isaac

Luke Skywalker - Mark Hamill

Leia Organa - Carrie Fisher

Lando Calrissian - Billy Dee Williams

Chewbacca - Joonas Suotamo 

General Hux - Domhnall Gleeson

Maz Kanata - Lupita Nyong'o

Rose Tico - Kelly Marie Tran

C-3PO - Anthony Daniels

Others include: Billie Lourd, Richard E. Grant, Keri Russel, Naomi Ackie and Dominic Monaghan

Rumoured Cast

Matt Smith - Despite reports that Smith would be appearing in Episode IX, the actor made claims over the weekend that he is in fact not appearing in the latest Star Wars movie.

Crew

Director: J.J. Abrams (The Force Awakens, Star Trek (2009), Mission Impossible III)

Writers: J.J. Abrams and Chris Terrio (Argo, Batman v Superman, Justice League)

Producers: Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, Michelle Rejwan

Release Details

Where to watch: Theatres

When to watch: December 19, 2019 (UK)

Synopsis: Star Wars Episode IX will conclude the story started in The Force Awakens and continued in The Last Jedi.

Trailers:

Unfortunately, there are no trailers for Star Wars: Episode IX just yet but next month's Star Wars Celebration could change all that during its April 12 panel on Episode IX which could also see the film's title revealed too.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi - Throne Room Scene

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