We might still not know enough about Episode IX, but at least we now know when we will know…
This December, the Skywalker Saga comes to an end. A story that began in 1977 and has spanned 42 years, three generations of actors and outlived some of its stars will finally reach its finish in the still-untitled Episode IX.
Beyond knowing about returning cast members and crew, a lot about the film has been kept under wraps, but a just-confirmed panel taking place next month means that, even if we still don’t know a lot, at least we know when we’ll know a bit more. You know?
Returning cast members include Oscar Isaac, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Domnhall Gleeson, Adam Driver, Lupita Nyong’o and Kelly Marie Tran. Mark Hamill is said to be appearing, presumably as a Force ghost following Luke Skywalker’s death, and Billy Dee Williams will be returning as Lando Calrissian for the first time since 1983’s Return Of The Jedi. New cast members inclue Richard E. Grant, Keri Russell and Naomi Ackle.
Star Wars Celebration Chicago is a five-day event taking place from April 11th to 15th, and they’ve just announced a panel taking place haflway through, on April 12th, dedicated specifically to revealing information about Episode IX. Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy and Star Wars: Episode IX director J.J. Abrams will be on stage, along with as-yet-unannounced special guests. This is all according to The Star Wars Show, anyway.
They’ll do a trailer, won’t they? They’ll show a trailer, even if it’s an annoyingly short one that mainly uses footage from previous films, they’ll show a trailer. As luck would have it, the whole event will be streamed live on the Star Wars site.
A lot is set to happen between now and the release of Episode IX - Game Of Thrones, Avengers: Endgame, Toy Story 4 - and it’s all a bit horribly ending-y. The triple whammy of the end of a 42-year story, the end of an unremittingly finishy year and a posthumous appearance from the late great Carrie Fisher is set to guarantee a cinema o’tears.