It has been a story over 40 years in the making, but “Star Wars” is finally ready to put a closing chapter in the Skywalker saga. The Skywalkers will still live on in the comics and games of course, but for now, the book is closing on the iconic family of force users.
J.J. Abrams has finished filming the ninth “Star Wars” film, and to celebrate the occasion, the director posted a goodbye message for the cast, crew, and fans.
On the studio’s social media accounts, the director posted the pictures above adding “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.”
The film has been in production since last August, and most of the filming has been done in Pinewood Studios on the outskirts of London. Disney hasn’t revealed the title yet for “Star Wars: Episode IX,” but we do know that the film will hit theaters on December 20th.
As we mentioned earlier, J.J Abrams returned to the franchise to direct the final Skywalker installment, working from a script that he wrote with Chris Terrio.
Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, and Oscar Isaac also returned to their respective roles to finish the trilogy. The four stars are joining Domhnall Gleeson, Keri Russell, Lupita Nyong’o, Billie Lourd, Kelly Marie Tran, and Billy Dee Williams.
A teaser trailer will most likely be released sometime this spring, if not over the next few weeks. Disney likes to time the trailer events around May 4th, the official Star Wars Day for fans around the world. Now that filming has wrapped, the project goes off to post-production, and the real magic is put into place.
The December box office opening records are already filled with Star Wars hits; the franchise currently owns the top three spots on the chart. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” made $247M when the film hit theaters in 2015, and went on to make over $2B for the studio. “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” opened with $155M in 2016, that installment went on to make over $1.05B worldwide. In 2017 the studio released “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” which had a $220M opening and made over $1.3B globally.
“Solo: A Star Wars Story” only made $84M on its opening weekend, and grossed $392M worldwide. While that seems like a failure in Star Wars’ history, the film was still a financial success and was the ninth highest-grossing movie in all of 2018.
It will be interesting to see where “Star Wars: Episode IX” lands on the list, but we will have to wait until December to find out.