Star Wars has quite the interesting little ecosystem of conversations going on right now. We’re barely a couple months away from the controversial release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi — a film that continues to inspire heated conversation — and we’re just a few months from the release of Solo: A Star Wars Story — a film that also inspires heated conversation — and now we’re here to talk about yet another Star Wars film: Episode 9.
This was another film that had an interesting development. Jurassic World helmer Colin Trevorrow was originally set to direct this trilogy-capping film, but departed due to creative differences with Lucasfilm. Taking his place is Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams, who immediately pushed the summer 2019 release to a winter 2019 release.
But how is that film coming along? Abrams recently spoke with Stephen Colbert on The Late Show, and in his conversations, he confirmed a couple key details: that the film has a script, and that they will be filming at the end of July.
While this may not seem like a huge deal, I certainly think it is. Lucasfilm has had a hard time locking down directors, and when Abrams replaced Trevorrow, it really seemed to set back the development process to the very beginning — and this was a process that was already forced to start over a year ago when Carrie Fisher passed away. The fact that they’ve made it this far, and are almost ready to go is fantastic.
But of course, it’ll be quite some time before we have a chance to see what the film is about, and whether or not they stick the landing for this new trilogy.