With a big chunk of the OT cast-members returning, the Star Wars universe may launch back into hyperspace?
Luke died in The Last Jedi. Leia died in real life, and they will probably kill Lando in the next Star Wars installment – so what is there to be happy about?
An official Star Wars press release announced the cast for Star Wars: Episode IX, and confirms that filming will begin in London on Aug 1st. In no real surprise to anyone, it has stated that the late Carrie Fisher will appear, “using previously unreleased footage shot for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”
Curiously though, it also has Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) on the cast-list (We thought he was dead? Force ghost anyone?), and now officially confirms BIlly Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian) as being cast; the latter being no surprise to clued-in fans.
After the gigantic fan divide caused by The Last Jedi, it will be interesting to see if writer/director J.J. Abrams can use these well-worn names to steer the franchise back into good graces. Legions of fans have vehemently criticized The Last Jedi for its complete lack of continuity and outright disrespect for everything Star Wars, with millions planning to boycott episode IX, and many even demanding a remake.
It will take a mammoth effort for Lucasfilm/Disney to now satisfy these fans, but maybe giving them something they actually want might help things along? Fingers crossed the OT cast finally get to deliver something great this time around, as it is well overdue.
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Episode IX is scheduled for release in December 2019.