Production on Star Wars: Episode IX is scheduled to begin in January of 2018.
While principal photography on Episode IX was expected to commence sometime this summer, the latest issue of Vanity Fair has officially confirmed the ninth chapter of the Skywalker saga is actually set to begin filming at the start of 2018.
Following the untimely passing of Carrie Fisher last December, Lucasfilm held a meeting in January to plan out how the franchise would come up with a practical response to the tragic loss of the beloved Princess and now they are beginning to move forward beyond Star Wars: The Last Jedi and the upcoming Untitled Han Solo Star Wars Story.
Colin Trevorrow and his Jurassic World writing partner Derek Connolly turned in the draft for the final episode of the sequel trilogy in April, the week before Star Wars Celebration Orlando. President of Lucasfilm Kathleen Kennedy also revealed last month that a read-through of the script for Star Wars: Episode IX was on the horizon.
In addition to co-writing the script, Trevorrow is also set to direct the upcoming film. Plot details are still under wraps but Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Adam Driver are all expected to return.
Star Wars: Episode IX is slated to hit theaters May 24, 2019.
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Source: Vanity Fair