Lucasfilm has announced the new and returning cast for Star Wars: Episode IX.

J.J. Abrams will once again be at the helm to direct the final installment in the Skywalker Saga and the Star Wars sequel trilogy. Abrams co-wrote the screenplay alongside Chris Terrio.

Daisy Ridley (Rey), Adam Driver (Kylo Ren), John Boyega (Finn), Oscar Isaac (Poe), Lupita Nyong’o (Maz), Domhnall Gleeson (Hux), Kelly Marie Tran (Rose), Joonas Suotamo (Chewbacca), and Billie Lourd (Ko Connix) will all be reprising their roles. The will then be joined by  Naomi Ackie, Richard E. Grant, and Keri Russell.

Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Anthony Daniels (C-3PO) will be returning along with Billy Dee Williams reprising his role as Lando Calrissian. Even though Carrie Fisher had passed away in December 2016, she’ll still be in Episode IX as Leia Organa, using previously unreleased footage from 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 honor Carrie’s legacy and role as Leia in Episode IX by using unseen footage we shot together in Episode VII.”

John Williams will be back once again to score Episode IX. The film is produced by Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams and Michelle Rejwan with Callum Green and Jason McGatlin as executive producers. The rest of the film’s 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).

Star Wars: Episode IX is set to begin filming at Pinewood Studios in London on August 1st, 2018.

Star Wars: Episode IX is set to be released on December 20th, 2019.

Source: Star Wars

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