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  • Will be released the same year as another highly anticipated, epic finale film: Marvel Studios' Avengers: Endgame (2019).
  • Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow was signed on to direct in 2015, and left in 2017.
  • This film will mark the fifth time that the number of Star Wars Saga movies not directed by George Lucas will overtake the number directed by George Lucas. He did not direct Episodes V-VIII either.
  • Shot on 35mm, 70mm and the second movie in the franchise to be shot on 70mm film, and the first Star Wars movie since Return of the Jedi (1983) to be shot entirely on celluloid.
  • Will be released twenty years after Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999).
  • Producers had a bigger role planned for Leia prior to Carrie Fisher's death. Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy remarked, "(Carrie) grabbed me and said, 'I'd better be at the forefront of IX!' Because Harrison was front and center on VII, and Mark is front and center on VIII. She thought IX would be her movie. And it would have been." After her death, family members Todd Fisher and Billie Lourd granted Disney and Lucasfilm permission to use Carrie's likeness in the form of unused footage, but at Star Wars Celebration 2017, Kennedy stated that she would sadly not appear at all in this movie. However, Lucasfilm has since confirmed the use of her unused footage for this movie.
  • It was rumoured that Disney was considering using the same CGI techniques used in Rogue One to have Carrie Fisher in this movie, but they have since denied it.
  • Simon Kinberg wrote the earliest story outline for this movie, which was scrapped after the stories for the previous two movies were heavily altered from their early versions.
  • Cinematographer John Schwartzman is the step-son of Talia Shire, whose brother Francis Ford Coppola worked with Star Wars creator George Lucas on his early films.
  • Will be released on December 20, 2019. Episodes VII and VIII were released in December 2015 and 2017, respectively. The original release date of this movie of May 24, 2019 was delayed after Director Colin Trevorrow was replaced by J.J. Abrams in September 2017, facing a similar fate to the other sequel trilogy movies with their releases (being pushed from May to December). This was likely done for consistency purposes.
  • Billy Dee Williams had heavily expressed interest in reprising his role as Lando Calrissian. Rian Johnson considered using him in Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (2017), but decided that it wouldn't fit well in the story. On July 9, 2018, after several weeks of rumors, it was confirmed that Williams would indeed be returning as Lando for this movie.
  • This is the second Star Wars movie under Disney's Lucasfilm to have its director replaced. The first was Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018), which replaced Phil Lord and Christopher Miller with Ron Howard.
  • Colin Trevorrow was originally going to direct the film, but he decided to step down from directing it and he was replaced by J.J. Abrams who directed Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015).
  • Colin Trevorrow was announced as the director in August 2015 with Derek Connolly and Jack Thorne writing the script, but Trevorrow stepped down before production began. J.J. Abrams was announced as the new director in December 2017, with Abrams and Chris Terrio writing the script.
  • The ninth and final Star Wars movie score composed by John Williams.
  • Is the 2nd Star Wars Film to release the same year as a film in Disney/Pixar's Toy Story Franchise, of which has featured a good amount of Star Wars Spoofs. The first had been Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999).
  • When George Lucas originally laid out plans for twelve episodes, then reduced that number to nine episodes, he said that C-3PO and R2-D2 would be the only characters to appear in all nine. This will prove to be true, as Anakin Skywalker and Obi-wan Kenobi, the only other characters to appear in every movie of the original and prequel trilogies did not appear in the sequel trilogy. Anthony Daniels (C-3PO) will also become the only actor to appear in all nine movies.
  • J.J. Abrams is the second director to direct multiple Star Wars movies. The first was series Creator George Lucas.
  • Disney's sequel trilogy is the first trilogy in the Star Wars saga in which all three movies were released in the same decade.
  • Anthony Daniels (C3PO) is the only cast member to have appeared in all main series Star Wars movies.
  • The initial working title of this movie was "Star Wars: Black Diamond". In June 2018, the working title was changed to "trIXie".
  • Is the only film in the Sequel Trilogy to not release the same year as a film in Illumination's Despicable Me franchise. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) released the same year as the spinoff film Minions (2015), and Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) released the same year as Despicable Me 3 (2017).
  • With the announcement of Matt Smith being cast in Episode IX, this will be the second time that John Boyega has worked with a "Doctor" from Doctor Who. He also starred with Jodie Whitaker in the 2011 film 'Attack the Block'.
  • Footage of Carrie Fisher from the prior two movies was incorporated through the process of rotoscoping, digitally removing the background of existing footage, and superimposing it elsewhere.
  • Security was so tight during filming, Mark Hamill said it was "like being in the C.I.A."
  • The film will be released the same year and same month as Untitled Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle Sequel (2019), just like when Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (2017) was released in the same year and same month as Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017). Karen Gillan whom stars in that movie had played Amy Pond, companion of The Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith) in Doctor Who (2005) (TV Series). Matt Smith stars in Episode IX. Both of those films were also directed by Jake Kasdan, whose father, Lawrence Kasdan, wrote Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983), Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), and Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018).
  • 4 years earlier Matt Smith had starred in Terminator Genisys (2015) as an embodiment of Skynet. The film was released 5 months before Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015). Star Wars: Episode IX will be released a month after Untitled Terminator Reboot (2019).
  • Carrie Fisher's death on December 27, 2016 initially caused re-writes for this movie to remove Leia altogether. Lucasfilm made it clear that they would not attempt to digitally re-create her likeness or performance like they did (with Fisher's approval) in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016), most likely due to the mixed reception of said scene and those using Peter Cushing's likeness. However, in July 2018, J.J. Abrams confirmed that Fisher will appear in this movie via unused footage from Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) and Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (2017), with the writers and editors coming up with a clever way to repurpose those scenes.
  • Downplayed with Naomi Ackie, since she's best known for a supporting role in Lady Macbeth and has had some minor TV roles, but was labelled a promising newcomer before being cast in Star Wars, much like Kelly Marie Tran and Daisy Ridley before her.
  • As soon as it was announced that J. J. Abrams would take the director's seat, fans affectionately started to call the movie Return of the J. J. - fitting, given the movie's nature as a trilogy-capper.
  • Some had also jokingly called the film From His Nap, given the previous two films were The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi. In other words, The Force Awakens The Last Jedi From His Nap.
  • Lucasfilm debated on whether or not Leia would appear in the movie in light of the death of Carrie Fisher, with a CGI performance quickly being ruled out. Todd Fisher, her brother, spilled the beans that the family gave Lucasfilm permission to use unreleased archive footage of Leia, which Lucasfilm later denied that they would use while Colin Trevorrow was still signed on to the project. Much later, J. J. Abrams - who is otherwise known for his secrecy on his projects - came forward and stated that they would be repurposing unseen footage of Leia into the movie after all when the movie's casting list was unveiled.
  • In May 2018, Billy Dee Williams starting sharing videos on social media of his new workout regimen. This was widely taken as a sign that he would appear in this movie, since Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fisher had started similar workouts prior to shooting Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015). In July 2018, it was confirmed that Williams would indeed be returning as Lando Calrissian.
  • After Luke Skywalker supposedly became one with the Force at the end of Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (2017), most fans still believed he would be appearing in this movie in some fashion. Rian Johnson explained that part of the reason why Luke died was apparently to give the character a greater amount of freedom with where his story was headed going forward. That same July, Disney and Lucasfilm announced the main cast list for this movie, which included Mark Hamill returning as Luke Skywalker.
  • Theories suggesting that Mark Hamill would refuse to appear in this movie due to his initial disagreements with how Luke's story was handled by Rian Johnson in Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (2017), even though he was on contract for three appearances, he repeatedly explained that he changed his mind once he saw the full story. Hamill outright expressed excitement for this movie well ahead of the premiere of Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (2017), and after the movie was released. The official casting announcement rendered this speculation completely moot, confirming he would return.
  • Some fans theorized on-line that Richard E. Grant would be portraying Grand Admiral Thrawn, given his facial resemblance to the character. Grant denied this in an interview, and leaked concept art of the actor dressed in First Order attire seemingly proves so. That doesn't mean Thrawn's appearance in this movie is entirely off the table, however.
  • As with The Last Jedi, Carrie Fisher is given a credit in this film despite her death in December 2016.
  • Keri Russell was brought on board this movie after J.J. Abrams became the Writer and Director. In the past, they've collaborated on Felicity (1998) and Mission: Impossible III (2006).
  • The release was initially planned for May 25, 2019, but got delayed until December 20, 2019 due to director J. J. Abrams replacing Colin Trevorrow and likely to give him time for his rewrites, in addition to Christmas proving to be a strong season to release such a massive film. Aladdin took its place in May.
  • Leia was supposed to have a major role in this movie since she would've been the sole surviving member of the original trio, but Fisher's death nixed that. In an interview from May 2017, Kathleen Kennedy has said that Leia would've been the most important supporting character in this movie, similar to Han's role in Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) and Luke's role in Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (2017). Though Fisher's death changed the content of this movie substantially, and is believed to have led to Colin Trevorrow's departure, she will still have a major role to play in this movie, as Lucasfilm will be using archival footage from Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) to integrate her into the story.
  • Colin Trevorrow was originally intended to direct this movie, but "chose to leave" the project due to creative differences between him and Lucasfilm. Trevorrow and Derek Connolly, who worked together on Safety Not Guaranteed (2012) wrote the initial script, but by September 2017, J.J. Abrams replaced Trevorrow as the director and Chris Terrio joined Abrams to re-write it.
  • When Colin Trevorrow was attached as director during pre-production, he wanted to film some scenes in outer space. It is unknown whether J.J. Abrams and Lucasfilm will follow through with this or not.
  • Before J.J. Abrams was hired for another Star Wars movie, Rian Johnson was also offered to direct after Colin Trevorrow left, but turned it down as he felt he needed time off between Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (2017) and his next project, Knives Out (2019).
  • Mark Hamill confirmed his involvement with this movie ahead of the release of Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (2017).
  • Though they are no longer the main characters, each movie in the sequel trilogy was meant to showcase one of the main characters from the original trilogy. Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) focused on Han, Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (2017) on Luke, and this movie will reportedly focus on Leia. This actually mirrors the original trilogy, in which Luke interacted with a central character from the prequel trilogy. Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) focused on Obi-wan Kenobi, Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) on Yoda, and Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) on Emperor Palpatine.
  • The first Star Wars film co-written by an Academy Award-winning screenwriter, Chris Terrio.
  • This is Adam Driver and Keri Russell's first movie together after the play "Burn This".
  • Despite the Skywalker family being the main/major characters throughout the overall Star Wars saga, this is the only time the name "Skywalker" has ever appeared in a Star Wars movie title, and the only title in the "core" series to actually have a character/family name in it (Solo doesn't count, since it's part of the "Star Wars Story" spin-off sub-series). Furthermore, it was revealed that "Solo" was not Han's real name.
  • Principal photography began on August 1, 2018, at Pinewood Studios near London, England. Filming was also done in Wadi Rum, Jordan. Oscar Isaac stated that Writer and Director J.J. Abrams was allowing more improvised acting than in the previous two movies. On January 28, 2019, Anthony Daniels finished filming for his role as C-3PO in this movie. Principal photography wrapped on February 15, 2019. Footage from this movie was shown at the Walt Disney Company's annual shareholders meeting on March 7, 2019.
  • The design of Kylo Ren's (Adam Driver's) repaired mask is possibly based on kintsugi, a centuries-old Japanese art to repair broken pottery by joining them together with a golden lacquer, giving the fractures a unique golden pattern. In Japanese culture, the kintsugi technique also stands for highlighting imperfections and giving new life to a broken object, which may be symbolic for the character: By repairing his mask, he attempts to revive his Kylo Ren persona, despite the failures he had endured in his past.
  • In the first teaser trailer, the remains of a Death Star can be seen submerged in water. This idea was originally considered for use in Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015), and was even featured as concept art in the book "The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens".
  • As of the ending of Episode VIII, Mace Windu and Rey are the only characters of those who have engaged in lightsaber duels in all the live-action Star Wars movies to have never been defeated onscreen; everyone else, including powerful Force users like Yoda, Obi-Wan, Anakin, Luke, Dooku and Darth Sidious, have all been bested at least once (although there is some debate among fans about whether Sidious' defeat by Windu was actually a deliberate ploy by the Sidious).
  • Including his holographic cameo appearance in Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Palpatine will be the most prominent Star Wars villain in the franchise, having appeared a total of six times.
  • With a gap of thirty-six years, the return of Lando Calrissian marks the longest time for the original actor to reprise his role.
  • When the trailer and title were first revealed in April of 2019, as well as the revelation that Ian McDiarmid would return as Emperor Palpatine, McDiarmid made a surprise appearance after the trailer was first shown at the Star Wars Celebration in Chicago. McDiarmid merely said three words, amongst loud cheers from the crowd: "Roll it again!" Followed by a mic drop. J.J. Abrams was apparently thrilled that the news of Palpatine hadn't leaked online beforehand.
  • The first Star Wars movie to be released since the death of Peter Mayhew.
  • The first Star Wars movie to feature any equine species, as horses were used for filming.
  • The teaser trailer and the subtitle of this movie was announced at the Star Wars Celebration in Chicago, Illinois on April 12, 2019.
  • With his appearance in this movie, Anthony Daniels (C-3PO) becomes the only person to appear in all nine episodes of the Star Wars saga.
  • The only Star Wars movie for which Carrie Fisher received top billing, as well as the only Skywalker Saga movie to give top billing to a woman.
  • The Emperor's throne seen in this movie was based on conceptual sketches Ralph McQuarrie made for Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983).
  • The running time was initially announced to be 2 hours and 35 minutes, which would've made this the longest Star Wars movie. However, in November 2019, the actual running time was announced to be 2 hours and 21 minutes, making it one of the shorter movies of the saga.
  • It was generally assumed by fans that the wreckage of the Death Star destroyed in Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) seen in the trailers would be on the Forest Moon of Endor. On-line material from the sites of Disney Parks "Star Tours -The Adventure Continues" revealed that the destroyed Death Star is actually on the Ocean Moon of Kef Bir, never mentioned before in Star Wars canon.
  • Billie Lourd (Lieutenant Connix) was twenty-six when this movie was filmed, exactly the same age as Lourd's real-life mother Carrie Fisher when she starred in Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983).
  • Dominic Monaghan is the fourth actor to have appeared in the Star Wars saga and The Lord of the Rings trilogy, the others being Sir Christopher Lee, Andy Serkis, and Bruce Spence.
  • The final trailer released on October 21, 2019, on what would have been Carrie Fisher's 63rd birthday.
  • In answer to an on-line article claiming that Rey is a more powerful Jedi than both Luke and Anakin, John Boyega (Finn) posted on Twitter:"I'm sorry guys, but Anakin slapping all of us in a pit of lava. Including Kylo."
  • At two hours and thirty-five minutes, this is the longest Star Wars movie, just three minutes longer than Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (2017), and twenty minutes longer than Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015).
  • In November 25, 2019, it was reported that a script for this film was leaked on the Internet. An actor (whose name will remain anonymous) had reportedly kept the script under their bed. After somebody was cleaning the place and found the script, the person attempted to sell it on eBay. Director J.J. Abrams confirmed that Disney and Lucasfilm bought the script back before it was sold.
  • Anthony Daniels as C-3PO is the only actor to have appeared in all 9 official Star Wars saga live action films (excluding the various spin-offs). His involvement goes back to the very first film in1977 and it is widely believed (but unconfirmed as of November 2019) this may be both his and his character's farewell appearance in the series.
  • Following a large Twitter campaign, this film was privately screened to a terminally ill boy from the Rowan Hospice in London on November 29, 2019. At his own request, the patient's name was not made public.
  • Anthony Daniels (C-3PO) and John Williams' final involvement of the whole 9 film Skywalker Saga.
  • Disney sent a message to theaters urging them to post warnings to moviegoers that the film contains scenes with flashing strobe lights, which can induce seizures in those with photosensitive epilepsy. This is the first time they've done this before a movie was released, although they did it for Incredibles 2 (2018) after it came out and viewers complained.
  • This is the only Star Wars sequel trilogy chapter to not use 70mm IMAX film cameras.

Spoilers

  • The characters of Luke Skywalker and Supreme Leader Snoke appearing in the 9th installment of the franchise remain in question after the ending of The Last Jedi.
  • As of July 28, 2018 Todd Fisher, the brother of the late Carrie Fisher, stated that Carrie will reprise her role as Princess Leia in the new and final "Star Wars" film by using previously unreleased footage of her shot for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens". She will not be CGIed or recasted.
  • The Knights of Ren are rumoured to make a return after they appeared in Rey's vision in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015).
  • Disagreements between Colin Trevorrow and Lucasfilm over this movie's script drafts during the early stages of production led to them mutually going their separate ways. It was reported that Rian Johnson's take on Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (2017) ruined Trevorrow's plans for this movie, as he wanted to use Luke Skywalker and Supreme Leader Snoke in some capacity. Due to both of those characters' unfortunate deaths in Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (2017), Trevorrow was unable to come up with a new story and was let go. Carrie Fisher's death, and the changes to the script that were necessitated as a result, are believed to be a part of these creative differences.
  • In the same vein of Rian Johnson asking J.J. Abrams to have R2-D2 come with Rey to find Luke at the end of Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), original director Colin Trevorrow asked Johnson to put something in Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) that he would expand on in Episode IX. This was likely the Force-friendly child looking at the stars on Canto Bight in the final scene. However, this set-up will not likely receive its intended pay-off following the ousting of Trevorrow from the film, and the decision to overhaul the script as a result.
  • George Lucas once stated that the entire Star Wars saga was told from the viewpoint of C-3PO and R2-D2. With the death of Han Solo, the supposed death of Luke Skywalker, and the possible death of Leia Organa following Carrie Fisher's death, it now seems that these two characters will be the only ones to survive all nine movies.
  • On April 12th, 2019, Kathleen Kennedy and some of the cast and crew of Star Wars Episode IX revealed the long awaited title and first teaser trailer. The biggest reveal out of the whole thing is Palpatine is allegedly to be resurrected.
  • This movie may mark Denis Lawson's first appearance as Wedge Antilles since Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983). He was previously asked to reprise the character in Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015), which he turned down, allegedly saying in an interview that it would've bored him. However, in a later interview, he said that he would've loved to reprise his part for that film, but had to decline, as he was working on another project at the time. In October 2019, a leaked image from the novel "Resistance Reborn", which takes place before "The Rise of Skywalker", clearly showed Wedge, which sparked rumours that he may return. Lawson's representative soon confirmed that this was the case.
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