The end begins.
On the first day of production, writer/director J.J. Abrams has tweeted out a non-spoilery photo straight from the set of Star Wars IX, the final chapter in the Skywalker saga.
The image is a close-up of the film camera. The set itself is severely out of focus, although one can glean that it’s the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon. Rey and Chewbacca are at the helm while Finn is right behind them (reunited and it feels so good).
Interestingly, the image could suggest that IX will pickup right where VIII left off, which would be only the second time in saga history that there wouldn’t be a significant passage of time between episodes (The Last Jedi was the first; it continued immediately after the cliffhanger that The Force Awakens ended on).
I’m hoping this isn’t the case. I’d like to see IX go back to establishing a time gap between episodes, which can help create interesting, new, more complicated dynamics for the characters, relationships, and overall narrative.
Star Wars IX opens next year on December 20, 2019.
Click on the photo below for larger image, or here to read Abrams’ tweet.