Hundreds, upon hundreds of theories have emerged from fans in regards to what the official title of Star Wars: Episode IX will be, with actor Dominic Monaghan claiming that only Episode IX director J.J. Abrams knows that information.
While interacting with Star Wars fans over on his personal Instagram, Monaghan was asked by one fan, “Episode IX title? Pretty please?” to which Monaghan replied, “Only [J.J. Abrams] knows! It’s good to have secrets on [Star Wars].”
Star Wars fans have been known to pester various members of the cast and crew on various social media platforms in hopes of getting (any) details about the upcoming film, with Monaghan’s comments confirming that the easiest way to prevent leaks of the title would be to not share the title with the cast and crew at all. Though some fans may think the film’s stars are being coy on the matter, when they claim not to know the title, but not knowing it means they can’t accidentally let the title slip. LucasFilm doesn’t have a Mark Ruffalo or Tom Holland problem like Marvel does.
This security measure was seemingly confirmed during the Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi making-of documentary “The Director and the Jedi”. The behind-the-scenes footage showed writer/director Rian Johnson informing Mark Hamill of the title of the film: “The Last Jedi.” Being at that point the only other person to know of the film’s title.
Though despite not knowing the title for the upcoming instalment, that hasn’t stopped Hamill from regularly teasing his followers and fellow Star Wars fans on Twitter about the Episode IX. Just last week, Hamill teased his fans about the title of Episode IX, sharing an image from Futurama which predicted that the film would be called “Yoda’s Bar Mitzvah.”
Disappointed there was no #StarWars trailer shown during the #SuperBowl? Agonizing over how long you'll have to wait until they drop the title? RELAX nerds! #Futurama predicted it years ago & we all know: Cartoons. Never. Lie. EXCLUSIVE BREAKING "NEWS": #EpIXYodasBarMitzvah pic.twitter.com/oR12BYfNPK
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) February 4, 2019
Hamill has previously mentioned just how much security surrounding the saga has changed and tightened over the years since the first film back in 1977.
“I remember back when I read the first Star Wars [script], I was like, ‘Wow, that’s the goofiest thing I’ve ever read.’ I gave it to my best friend to read, and I said, ‘What do you think of it?’ He said, ‘It’s really wild, it’s crazy, can I give it to Meredith?’ ‘Sure, go ahead, “it went around to all my friends. Of course back then nobody cared. Nowadays it’s like working for some secret deep state government organization, like being in the CIA. They’re going to send rewrites over to Prague on this dark red paper that gives you a headache to read.”
– Mark Hamill to Entertainment Weekly.
Fellow Episode IX co-star Richard E. Grant also brought up recently when speaking on the BBC’s The One Show the extraordinary measures LucasFilm goes to keep their Star Wars secrets under wraps. Saying:
“It’s extraordinary, they don’t give you a script, you have to go to a room where there are bodyguards outside, closed-circuit television cameras, and it’s printed on crimson pages so you can’t photograph it. You have to read it in there, and then leave.”
– Richard E. Grant
When “The One Show” host Alex Jones asked: ‘how do you remember your lines?’ (Which probably involves all cast members) it turns out LucasFilm also has an answer for that too. With Grant answering:
“You’re given the pages on the day that you work, and you have to sign for them and sign out for them as well, there are security guards on the set.”
– Richard E. Grant
He also shared to Jones, that the production crew of Star Wars: Episode IX are always on guard, even against drones, explaining that he and the other actors and actresses are hidden as they’re taken to and from set so that no one will be able to get a picture of them in their costumes.
“They give you a cloak, over your head – because apparently they have drones going over Pinewood Studios so they try and take photographs of what people are playing.”
– Richard E. Grant
From the sounds of it, LucasFilm is running a tight ship when it comes too “leaks”, so that hardly anything gets out. Yes, there will be a leak here or there, but you can guarantee that anyone doing four/five videos a day on so called leaks/spoilers, has zeroh credibility on Episode IX “leaks”.
Written by: Connor Heggie