Star Wars fans… it’s official – the end has begun.
While we still have more than a year before we get to see the final installment in the Skywalker saga, with the beginning of filming on Episode IX this week, we have started the journey to wrapping up the Skywalker story.
To commemorate the event, director J.J. Abrams took to Twitter yesterday (August 1) sharing an interesting photo from the first day of filming, and I don’t think he could get any more vague and mysterious if he tried. The blurry image makes landing an X-Wing on Dagobah look a breeze.
The photo has captured a camera set-up, an out of focus John Boyega in his Finn garb, with glimpses of Daisy Ridley’s Rey and Chewbecca in what is likely the Millennium Falcon’s cockpit. The accompanying tweet includes a tribute to Carrie Fisher (who, it was announced last week, will be appearing in the film courtesy of unseen footage from The Force Awakens) and thanks Rian Johnson (The Last Jedi director) and creator George Lucas for paving the way to this moment.
Bittersweet starting this next chapter without Carrie, but thanks to an extraordinary cast and crew, we are ready to go. Grateful for @rianjohnson and special thanks to George Lucas for creating this incredible world and beginning a story of which we are lucky to be a part. #IX pic.twitter.com/FOfnGwVut5
— JJ Abrams (@jjabrams) August 1, 2018
Few details have been revealed about the concluding chapter. Along with Fisher, Mark Hamill is also returning for the film and we have the long-awaited return of Billy Dee Williams’ Lando Calrissian from the original trilogy. Anthony Daniels, who stars as the droid C-3PO will also appear, making him the only performer to have a role in every Star Wars film. Other returning cast members are Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, and Billie Lourd.
Two newcomers have been announced: Naomi Ackie and Richard E. Grant, though nothing is known of their roles to date.
Star Wars: Episode IX is due in cinemas December 20, 2019.