The final film of the new Star Wars trilogy is set to start filming at Pinewood Studios in London on August 1, 2018 with J.J. Abrams (Star Trek: Into Darkness and Super 8) directing with a script he co-wrote with Chris Terrio (Justice League and Argo). Earlier today the cast was revealed along with word that we will be seeing Princess/General Leia once again on the big screen.
Returning cast members include; “Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, and Billie Lourd. Joining the cast of Episode IX are Naomi Ackie and Richard E. Grant”. We’ll also be seeing Mark Hamill (Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope and Transformers: Power of the Primes), Anthony Daniels (Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope and Star Wars: The Clone Wars), and Billy Dee Williams (Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back and Batman) who will once more take on the cape of the space scoundrel Lando Calrissian.
We will once again see the late Carrie Fisher (Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope and Catastrophe) as Leia Organa by way of unreleased footage that was shot during ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’. “We desperately loved Carrie Fisher,” says Abrams. “Finding a truly satisfying conclusion to the Skywalker saga without her eluded us. We were never going to recast, or use a CG character. With the support and blessing from her daughter, Billie, we have found a way to honor Carrie’s legacy and role as Leia in Episode IX by using unseen footage we shot together in Episode VII.”
John Williams will also be returning to compose the score for the upcoming film. On board to produce will be Abrams, Kathleen Kennedy, Michelle Rejwan, and executive produced by Callum Greene and Jason McGatlin. Dan Mindel as Director of Photography, Rick Carter and Kevin Jenkins as Co-Production Designers, Michael Kaplan as Costume Designer, Neal Scanlan as Creature and Droid FX, Maryann Brandon and Stefan Grube as Editors, Roger Guyett as VFX Supervisor, Tommy Gormley as 1st AD, and Victoria Mahoney as 2nd Unit Director. ‘Star Wars IX’ is set to open in theaters on December 2019.[Source: StarWars.com]