As announced by director J.J. Abrams today on Twitter, Star Wars: Episode IX has wrapped principal photography. That means that, save for the likely reshoots to add or pad existing shots, the final film in the Skywalker Saga is all but in the can. Granted, Abrams & Co. still have just about 10 months to edit, finish and fold in what’s certain to be some extensive effects work, and maybe even come up with a title.
The latest Star Wars movie wrapped production just as parent company Disney announced its marketing event “Star Wars: Triple Force Friday.” Now while I personally think that would make for a fine title, because what does it really matter ultimately, that’s actually the name for the joint Star Wars/Frozen 2 retail launch this October. You can definitely expect a title before the fall launch date of these new products since leaks are an absolute certainty and I can’t imagine Disney wants the title of its saga-closing chapter to be revealed via a pack of bubblegum or Funko figure.
Here’s how Abrams broke the news, along with a picture of franchise stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, and Oscar Isaac:
It feels impossible, but today wrapped photography on Episode IX. There is no adequate way to thank this truly magical crew and cast. I’m forever indebted to you all. pic.twitter.com/138AprtFuZ
— JJ Abrams (@jjabrams) February 15, 2019
Boyega also shared his thoughts on the moment:
That’s a wrap on Star Wars episode 9 and the end to a chapter of my life that I couldn’t be more thankful for. What a process! It really has been a joy to be in these movies surrounded by amazing people. JJ thank you for making my dreams come true. pic.twitter.com/8b83vQKKDc
— John Boyega (@JohnBoyega) February 15, 2019
And for more on all things Star Wars, be sure to check out the relevant write-ups at the links below:
- Yes, Rian Johnson Is Still Working on His ‘Star Wars’ Trilogy
- Taika Waititi Addresses the ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’ Director Rumors
- EA Cancels Its Open-World ‘Star Wars’ Game; Smaller Scale Title Aims for a 2020 Release
- ‘Star Wars Resistance’ Renewed for Season 2; New Trailer Reveals ‘Force Awakens’ Villain
- New ‘Star Wars’ Movies Won’t Be Premiering on Disney+, Says Bob Iger