Posted Fri Jul 27, 2018 at 02:20 PM PDT by Steven Cohen
Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher will both make appearances in the final installment of the Skywalker story.
Disney has revealed a full cast list for Star Wars: Episode IX. In addition, the studio has announced that filming will commence on August 1, 2018 at Pinewood Studios in London. The movie comes from director J.J. Abrams and is set to hit theaters in December, 2019.
The film's returning cast will include Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, and Billie Lourd, along with new additions Naomi Ackie and Richard E. Grant. Meanwhile, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, and Billy Dee Williams will all be featured as well. Likewise, Carrie Fisher will also make an appearance in the film as Leia Organa through the use of previously unreleased footage shot for 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."
The film is being directed by J.J. Abrams from a script written by Abrams and Chris Terrio. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Michelle Rejwan are all on board as producers. Finally, John Williams will once again return to compose the movie's score.
Beyond Episode IX, Disney is also developing a new trilogy of Star Wars films with director Rian Johnson, and Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are also working on new films for the franchise. Meanwhile, Jon Favreau has been tapped to executive produce and write a new live-action Star Wars show for Disney's upcoming streaming platform.
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