Naomi Ackie and Richard E. Grant have now also joined the cast, and Variety previously reported that Keri Russell was in talks to join the cast for “Star Wars Episode IX.” with their sources confirming Keri Russell has just closed her deal to join the film just before the announcement.
Star Wars: Episode IX will begin filming at London’s Pinewood Studios on August 1, 2018. J.J. Abrams returns to direct the final installment of the Skywalker saga. Abrams co-wrote the screenplay with Chris Terrio.
Returning cast members include Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, and Billie Lourd. Joining the cast of Episode IX are Naomi Ackie, Richard E. Grant, and Keri Russell, who will be joined by veteran Star Wars actors Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, and Billy Dee Williams, who will reprise his role as Lando Calrissian.
The role of Leia Organa will once again be played by Carrie Fisher, using 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 honour Carrie’s legacy and role as Leia in Episode IX by using unseen footage we shot together in Episode VII.”
Composer John Williams, who has scored every chapter in the Star Wars saga since 1977’s A New Hope, will return to a galaxy far, far away with Episode IX.
Star Wars: Episode IX will be produced by Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Michelle Rejwan, and executive produced by Callum Greene and Jason McGatlin. The crew includes Dan Mindel (Director of Photography), Rick Carter and Kevin Jenkins (Co-Production Designers), Michael Kaplan (Costume Designer), Neal Scanlan (Creature and Droid FX), Maryann Brandon and Stefan Grube (Editors), Roger Guyett (VFX Supervisor), Tommy Gormley (1st AD), and Victoria Mahoney (2nd Unit Director).
Animation World Network spoke with Rob Bredow, the newly appointed senior vice president, executive creative director and head of ILM, who was overall visual effects supervisor and co-producer for SOLO: A Star Wars Story. More than 1,200 artists in ILM’s four studios created over 1,800 shots. Because production was set up at Pinewood Studios, Bredow worked mainly out of ILM’s London studio, he also released some CGI Development images.
Lucasfilm Film concept artist Aaron McBride has revealed a great deleted scene from Solo: A Star Wars Story showing Han and Chewie going into Battle together on Mimban and Han getting shot, and the mighty Chewbacca rescues him from the battlefield.
The awesome team over at Fantha Tracks have exclusively revealed that the working title for Star Wars : Episode IX has been changed to “trIXie.” it was previously under the working title of Black Diamond.
Previous production names revealed by Fantha Tracks
The Force Awakens –
FOODLES PRODUCTION (UK) LIMITED – AVCO (Where J.J. saw A New Hope – Source: Making Star Wars)
Rogue One –
LUNAK HEAVY INDUSTRIES (UK) LIMITED – Los Alamos (Birth place of the atomic bomb / Birth of the Death Star)
The Last Jedi –
SPACE BEAR INDUSTRIES (UK) LIMITED – Space Bear (Explained by story group: “We were talking about how Luke had retreated and just taken himself out of the world and for some reason [it felt like] Legends of the Fall,when Tristan goes into the woods in the end,” Rayne Roberts shared. “But then we were like, ‘And then he gets mauled by a bear.’ And then someone said, ‘So Luke’s like a space bear.’”)
STANNUM 50 LABS (UK) LIMITED – Red Cup (As in the iconic American party SOLO red cups )
Episode IX –
CARBONADO INDUSTRIES (UK) LIMITED – trIXie
Rumoured Kenobi movie –
PLT PRODUCTIONS (UK) LIMITED – Joshua Tree (Joshua Tree National Park was home to some scenes used as Tatooine in Return of the Jedi – Source: Omega Underground)