Photography for Star Wars Episode IX is complete. Word comes via co-writer and director J.J. Abrams himself, who posted a moving image today on Twitter. The still shows stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, and Oscar Isaac embracing in the middle of a desert.
Episode IX is scheduled to be released on Dec. 20, 2019.
Abrams directed Star Wars: The Force Awakens, also known as Episode VII, which kicked off a new Star Wars trilogy for a new generation. Rian Johnson took the reins on its sequel, The Last Jedi. Fans are looking forward to seeing what Abrams has in store for the conclusion of the third trilogy in the now 42-year-old science fiction franchise.
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
Principal photography is commonly followed by reshoots, with Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Rogue One and Solo: A Star Wars Story all undergoing a process of reshooting key scenes. It’s unclear if any such reshoots are scheduled in the months leading up to Episode IX’s release. There will undoubtedly be a significant amount of post production involving computer generated imagery.
Episode IX is still without a title, although rumors are swirling. We expect to learn more at Star Wars Celebration, which is being held this year in Chicago, from April 11-15.