Star Wars: Episode IX director Colin Trevorrow has revealed a draft of the film’s script has been finished.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is still another eight months out from release but attention is already starting to turn to the ninth chapter of the Skywalker saga and the final installment of the franchise’s sequel trilogy.
In addition to directing the upcoming project, Trevorrow is also developing the script along with his Jurassic World writing partner, Derek Connolly based on a treatment turned in by The Last Jedi writer/director Rian Johnson.
Trevorrow was asked by MTV at CinemaCon where he was in the process of development for Episode IX which is expected to go into production this July when he confirmed there is a working draft in order:
“I’m on Jurassic World 2 in the morning so I go there to help J.A. Bayona as a writer until about noon and then I go over to my other office at Pinewood to work… and we’re writing, we’re designing, and there is a draft. You know, we’re throwing 110 percent of our souls into it, so there will be nothing left of me when I’m done.”
The director was also asked about his approach to Episode IX and whether or not it’s being crafted as the end of a trilogy or as a solo film:
“I think about it in the context of three films, six films, nine films and one film. It’s a lot.”
Nothing official is known about the plots of either The Last Jedi or Episode IX other than (spoiler alert) two key scenes planned for the films that were revealed in January after the untimely death of Carrie Fisher which included a reunion between Princess Leia and her brother, Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), and a confrontation between Leia and her son, Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), over the murder of his father, Leia’s husband, Han Solo (Harrison Ford).
Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Adam Driver are all expected to return for Episode IX.
Star Wars: Episode IX is currently slated for release on May 23, 2019. Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on the future of the Star Wars franchise as we learn it.