In the latest issue of Empire Magazine reports that the final instalment to the Sequel Trilogy Star Wars: Episode IX will take place one year after the events of Episode VIII: The Last Jedi & Episode VII: The Force Awakens.
Empire’s 2019 movie preview offers some of the first confirmed details for J.J. Abrams 2nd Star Wars film, indicating that some time has passed since the destruction of the New Republic and the near decimation of Leia’s Resistance. Episodes VII & VIII are literally back to back, with no time passing between movies, unlike the other Episodes of the Star Wars Saga.
Now when trying to source this, I couldn’t find anything. Sites were sourcing Empire, but it either just went to Empire’s website or this tweet. And I wanted confirmation. To see the words “takes place one year after”. Then I remembered Empire’s not just a Film News Site, but also a Film Magazine. So I dashed over to my local shop, flicked through it, to the 2019 preview section and found it, in writing:
Confirmed by actor John Boyega (Finn) that Episode IX will indeed take place a year later, roughly. And we’ll find out in roughly a years time what state the Galaxy is in.
Actor Oscar Issac, who portray’s hot shot pilot Poe Dameron had this to say about production during an interview with IndieWire:
“The way they’ve been shooting it right now is looser than it’s been for the last two times, it does feel like a relief to get on set and feel like, ‘Oh, we can try things.’ It’s a testament to J.J. coming back and feeling confident. There’s less pressure for it to be right. We just want to make a good movie and have a really good time while doing it.”
“Often, you do feel like you’ve got to find your way to make something more alive, but this time, it’s been the opposite. There’s no need to smuggle anything in there.”
Even though Episode VIII make over 1.3 Billion at the Worldwide Box Office, along with being 2017’s highest grossing movie some fans didn’t respond well to The Last Jedi, but Isaac says he won’t be taking the criticisms to heart.
“Luckily, since I’m not directing it, producing it, or distributing it, I don’t have to worry so much about fan expectations,” Isaac said. “Also, not all fans have the same expectations … People had very strong feelings, but there wasn’t as much of an organised way to speak out about it.”
So are you looking forward to the final instalment in the Sequel Trilogy? Or are you waiting for a Trailer to help make your mind up after The Last Jedi?
Star Wars: Episode IX premieres in theatres in December 2019.
Written by: Connor Heggie