Star Wars Episode 9 Filming Begins, First Set Photo Revealed

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That looks like John Boyega's Finn and perhaps Chewbacca in the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon.

J.J. Abrams attends the South by Southwest Film Festival on March 14, 2016.

This first "on-set" photo suggests that Abrams is going to continue his annoying habit of sharing exclusive set photos that reveal absolutely nothing - exactly as he did during The Force Awakens. It's harder to tell who's in the pilot seat though-you'd perhaps assume Rey, but the costume doesn't look like her training robes.


This is how director J.J. Abrams inaugurated the first day of filming Star Wars: Episode IX. With franchise newcomers Naomi Ackie and Richard E. Grant joining an impressive returning cast that includes Mark Hamill and Billy Dee Williams, Abrams will bring to a close the Skywalker saga that began in 1977. The bittersweet release also announced that Carrie Fisher would conclude her role as Leia Organa, with the studio choosing to use unused footage from 2015's The Force Awakens to complete her story. Abrams co-wrote the screenplay with Chris Terrio (Argo, Justice League).

The film is now in production and releases on December 20th, 2019. After the casting announcement less than a week ago named some unexpected and exciting co-stars for the returning crew, the new trilogy's heroes - or at least Finn portrayer John Boyega - are staying strong for the Resistance.

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