Star Wars: Episode IX to begin filming in January 2018

Lawrence Kim
June 3, 2017

The yet-to-be-titled ninth film, due out in May 2019, has been reworked by Kennedy, director Colin Trevorrow and the Lucasfilm team, Vanity Fair said, and is due to start filming next year.

As both a 40th anniversary celebration for Star Wars Episode IV - A New Hope and in anticipation of The Last Jedi's December release, Vanity Fair's newest issue features four Star Wars covers, all photographed by Leibovitz.

Directed by Rian Johnson, the flick, which releases December 15, boasts some new characters including Kelly Marie Tran's Rose Tico, the maintenance worker for the Resistance who joins up with Finn (John Boyega).

Carrie Fisher's legacy lives on in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the upcoming eighth official film in the Skywalker saga. The famous photographer captured the cast of "The Phantom Menace" way back in 1999 for Vanity Fair.

The chrome helmet has been removed, and Star Wars fans finally see that intimidating Captain Phasma looks a lot like ... intimidating Gwendoline Christie beneath her shining armor.

The alternative covers feature Daisy Ridley and Mark Hamill as well as other cast members.

After the initial shock of Carrie Fisher's tragic death a year ago, thoughts turned to how the main Star Wars saga would continue without her. The fandom collectively gasped when at the end of the trailer they heard him say, "I only know one truth".

For starters, they had the first looks at new characters in the Star Wars universe played by Oscar-winner Benicio Del Toro and Oscar-nominee Laura Dern. "But she does get pulled into a very big adventure with Finn", he explained.

Episode IX was originally meant to center around Carrie Fisher's General Leia Organa, but the actress' unexpected and untimely passing in December of 2016 caused Lucasfilm to reevaluate the film's narrative.

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