Star Wars Episode 9: Release date, cast, director and theories

CNET | 4/12/2019 | Mike Sorrentino
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Rey, Finn, BB-8 and Poe Dameron have been on an epic journey since 2015's Star Wars: The Force Awakens. And next December, their adventure will meet some kind of conclusion when Star Wars Episode 9 comes to theaters.

The movie has a lot to live up to. Abrams will need to find a way to offer an ending to the revived Star Wars movie universe following a mixed reception to The Last Jedi and Solo's box office flop. Also, it's not like his Force Awakens was criticism-free -- some fans knocked it for evoking the original Star Wars film too predictably. Not to mention, he'll need to find a graceful way to allow for Leia Organa's exit following the death of actress Carrie Fisher in 2016.

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But with production wrapped, there is plenty of time before Star Wars returns to movie theaters. Here's everything we know about the film so far.

Release date: When can I see Episode 9?

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Star Wars Episode 9: (Insert eventual subtitle here) will hit theaters around the world on Dec. 20, 2019.

When will we find out the title and see the first trailer?

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Hopefully very soon at Star Wars Celebration Chicago. The Star Wars Episode 9 panel is kicking off the weekend of Force-filled activities, starting April 12 at 9 a.m. PT, 12 p.m. ET and 5 p.m. UK. It will broadcast on StarWars.com and and the Star Wars YouTube channel.

Is Episode 9 still filming?

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The movie has wrapped production. Many of the actors announced the end of production on social media, and director J.J. Abrams tweeted a photo of Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Oscar Isaac embracing as photography wrapped in February. Those who bring both droids BB-8 and C-3PO to life, puppeteer Brian Herring and actor Anthony Daniels respectively, announced on Twitter that their roles have wrapped. It's quite...
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