What Will You Be Seeing From Star Wars During 2019. (There’s A Lot)

Ohhh boy, there’s a lot of Star Wars incoming, a lot more than you think. The biggest (obviously) at the end of the year in December, the final film in the Sequel Trilogy and the Skywalker storyline: Star Wars Episode IX. At this current time, it’s official title is unknown.

But this year, 2019 in particular will one of the biggest years for Star Wars (Okay 2015 & 1999 do beat this year technically, as those two years we saw the return of Star Wars with The Force Awakens & The Phantom Menace, wow that was 20 years ago. I was 6 years old seeing that movie) Sorry an anvil of reality just hit there. But when I say biggest, I’m talking about content. We’re getting Episode IX, two new shows, a Celebration in Chicago (Hidehey, Baby don’t you wanna go, Back to that same old place, Sweet home Chicago), a new video game and the opening of two Star Wars theme parks. Wow, but that’s not even all of it. As there’s more to come over the course of the year.

Let’s break it down, the major things first.

Star Wars: Episode IX

Obviously this is the big one, the final film in the Sequel Trilogy and ending Star Wars Skywalker Saga. The film will be directed by Episode VII: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams, who Abrams also produced 2017’s Episode VIII: The Last Jedi.

Episode IX will star The film stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, Billie Lourd, Naomi Ackie, Richard E. Grant, Matt Smith, Keri Russell, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, and the long-awaited return of Billy Dee Williams as Lando Calrissian. The late Carrie Fisher will appear via unused footage from both The Force Awakens & The Last Jedi. 

Principal photography began at Pinewood Studios on August 1, 2018, under the working title of “trlXie” (originally “Black Diamond”). Production also took place in Wadi Rum, Jordan (the same filming location for Jedha in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) for three weeks. Some sequences are being filmed with IMAX cameras. According to Oscar Isaac, the shooting of IX has allowed for more improvisation than VII or VIII; “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.” Filmmaker Kevin Smith visited the set and described what he saw: “Biggest set I’ve ever seen in my life. The dude’s not directing a movie, it’s like he’s directing a small country.” By December 11, 2018, Hamill had worked for “about a week” on the film, but had yet to shoot most of his scenes, which he expected to do alongside his work on the TV series KnightfallFilming is expected to wrap in February.

John Williams will also be returning to compose the upcoming film but has said that it will most likely be his final Star Wars project.

Star Wars Episode IX will debut in cinemas December 20th.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

Excluding all media related Star Wars content we’re getting this year, this tops it. Why watch Star Wars, when you can live it? First you had Wizarding World of Harry Potter, where you could feel like you were in the world of Harry Potter. Now you have Galaxy’s Edgy, another immersive world where you can lose yourself in a fictional land. To help make you really lose yourself John Williams has composed a musical score for the park

The only thing left to do to surpass that is to recreate Dinosaurs and big a park with them in. A “Dino World” or “Jurassic Park” if you will. But we’ve had 5 films telling us why we shouldn’t do that.

Two Galaxy’s Edge are slated to open, one in summer at Disneyland, the other in late fall 2019 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World, with a third sometime after 2021 at Walt Disney Studios Park at Disneyland Paris Resort.

The Return of Star Wars: The Clone Wars

Wow, now this got a reaction last year during the San Diego Comic-Con when Dave Filoni dropped this bombshell. The Clone Wars returning for one last season.

Series stars Matt Lanter, Ashley Eckstein, James Arnold Taylor, Dee Bradley Baker, Tom Kane and more have all returned to lend their voices to the series.

One of the story arcs in the new season will be the “Siege of Mandalore”, with some scenes about it contained in the trailer. The arc was originally intended as the show’s series finale, which takes place before and during the events of Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, including Order 66. The arc has been referenced in Star Wars Rebels and partly adapted in the young-adult novel Ahsoka.

Season 7 is rumoured to have a Late 2019 release.

The Mandalorian

For years, dating back since the end of the Prequel Trilogy we have been told that we would see a Live Action Television show set in the Star Wars Universe and now here it is: The Mandalorian. The series, which will take place three years after the events of Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, is set to air on Disney+ which is planned for launch by the end of 2019. The Mandalorian is expected to cost around $100 million for ten episodes.

 Jon Favreau will be writing and executive produce the series. Production began in back October of last year. It’s episode directors include Dave Filoni, who will direct the first episode, as well as Deborah Chow, Rick Famuyiwa, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Taika Waititi.

On December 12, Lucasfilm officially announced the cast, confirming Pascal’s, Carano’s, and Nolte’s casting, along with Giancarlo Esposito, Emily Swallow, Carl Weathers, Omid Abtahi, and Werner Herzog. Less than a week later LucasFilm announced that Black Panther composer Ludwig Göransson was announced to be composing the music for the show.

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

Not a great deal is known about this one, apart from the upcoming single-player story video game will be developed by Respawn Entertainment and to be published by Electronic Arts. Its title was revealed during the E3 press conference on Saturday, June 9, 2018 and is scheduled to have a holiday release..

The game will have the player play a surviving Jedi Padawan during the Imperial Era shortly after Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. This is the only synopses we have at this time.

Star Wars Celebration 2019 – Chicago 

Star Wars Celebration Chicago will be the thirteenth Celebration convention hosted by LucasFilm since the first ever one back in 1999. The convention will be held from April 11th through 15th at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois. This years Celebration will hosted by Warwick Davis and will be the longest Star Wars Celebration to date since Celebration IV, with a total of a five-day span.

Question is what will LucasFilm be revealing? Well I think it’s a good bet we’ll be getting our first Trailer for Episode IX, possibly a teaser for The Mandalorian and our first proper look at Galaxy’s Edge. After them three, possibly information/peaks at “The Clone Wars Season 7” and “Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order”. Maybe even news on the future Star Wars films from Rian Johnson & the duo behind Game of Thrones, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. Who knows?

But it’s not just Film, Parks and Shows were getting, there’s so much more. This in the form of Books, Comics and more. Starting from this month:

January:

February:

March:

April:

May:

June: 

July: 

August:

September: 

December: 

Undetermined Release Dates:

That’s quite a lot of Star Wars content coming out this year. Plenty for everyone. 2019 will be quite a big year for Star Wars, not just with coming, but to be announced in April at Celebration. It’s going to be one hell of a year to be a Star Wars fan.

I noticed Christmas just gone didn’t quite feel right without a Star Wars release (wasn’t the only one either) Felt odd. A year of waiting should build up that excitement for Episode IX.

Ohh and Happy New Year to everyone. Make it a good one.

Written by: Connor Heggie

|-o-|