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Consider the freight train known as Star Wars officially underway. Yes, ever since Star Wars: The Force Awakens started shooting, it’s been full steam ahead, but that momentum now seems to have taken on a life of its own. Star Wars: The Last Jedi is a little over eight months from release, the currently-untitled Han Solo spinoff is in production, and from the sound of it, Star Wars Episode 9 is likely already in heavy pre-production. That’s not even taking into account all the Star Wars anthologies that are likely in development across the board, nor does it take into account any planning the head honchos are doing for the continuing saga. In short, it’s a total factory over at LucasFilm right now.

With The Last Jedi still nearly a year away, and Episode 9 over two years from its May 2019 release, it wouldn’t have been surprising if we were still a good year away from its production. After all, the usually time between production start and film release is 12-15 months or so. Looks like we’re likely wrong on that front — and it should have been a hint that the Han Solo spinoff film started its own production about a year and a half from its own release date. 

According to My Entertainment World, Star Wars Episode 9 is set for a production date of July 2017, which is only a few short months away. That’s right. The close to this saga is a heck of a lot closer than we even realized it would be.

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Understandably, some may doubt the validity of this report from My Entertainment World. While we’d say it’s right a good majority of the time, there have been plenty of cases when it’s been proven wrong. If you’re in the boat of skeptics, Movie Casting Call corroborated this date last February with its casting call for extras. That’s two separate sources giving the same July 2017 production start date.



Of course, none of this is official, but this certainly seems to be pretty solid evidence. This means that Star Wars Episode 9 will begin shooting roughly 22 months prior to its release date. To any folks who worry on a near-daily basis that the next Star Wars film will be the one where the quality dips below acceptable standards, consider this a godsend. This gives them time to shoot, edit, rewrite, reshoot, and re-edit to their heart’s content before it needs to hit audiences.

Star Wars Episode 9 will see the continuing adventures of Rey, Finn, and Poe, who audiences fell in love with in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The film is written by Derek Connolly, who is best known for films like Safety Not Guaranteed, Jurassic World, and Monster Trucks (wait, for real? Monster Trucks?). The script is based on a treatment by The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson.

Star Wars Episode 9 is slated to hit theaters on May 24, 2019.

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SOURCE: My Entertainment World, Movie Casting Calls