Star Wars: Episode IX: One year away – The countdown to release begins


In just one year, the conclusion of the Skywalker Saga will be here. It’s a bittersweet moment, but we’re beyond excited for Star Wars: Episode IX.

We have officially hit the one-year mark for Star Wars: Episode IX’s release.

There is still so much we don’t know about the final installment of the Skywalker Saga – and that’s OK. It’s actually more than OK because while we love to dive into theories and rumors, and post about leaks, we still hope there will plenty of surprises in store for us one year from today.

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There are things that we do know that make it seems as though Star Wars: Episode IX will be an epic ride. Let us count the ways:

Mark Hamill’s return

Given that Luke Skywalker died in The Last Jedi, many wondered if he would make a return for Star Wars: Episode IX. But J.J. Abrams found a way and Lucasfilm didn’t waste in time telling us either.

It confirmed Mark Hamill would be back for the last leg of his family’s story, which is great news. Luke Skywalker needed to be in the movie to finish out what was started. While he technically isn’t the last Skywalker (because Kylo Ren is Leia’s son), he’s the only one that still goes by that name.

Carrie Fisher’s inclusion

It was one of the most sobering moments for Star Wars fans, the loss of Carrie Fisher hurt us all deeply. She was our princess, our general. She led us through hard times becoming a champion for so many important issues in real life.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi..L to R: Director Rian Johnson with Carrie Fisher (Leia) on set. ..Photo: David James..©2017 Lucasfilm Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

Her unexpected death took the Star Wars world by surprise and plenty of grief. Yet, our general will grace the screen once more on Leia Organa in Star Wars: Episode IX.

Fisher’s inclusion will be through previously shot footage, so it will likely be limited. But everyone seems to know that authenticity is important and they will honor Fisher’s legacy. Even her daughter called Fisher’s Episode IX moments magical.

J.J. Abrams at the helm

I genuinely feel that with J.J. Abrams and the amazing team he has employed to work on Star Wars: Episode IX, the movie will be nothing short of spectacular. The work, thought and care that is being put into the movie will make it the perfect ending to a story that has been going on for more than 40 years.

So far, Abrams has said and done everything right, but it’s important to note that it’s not just Abrams, but also the people he has around him.

Of course, PR works in great ways and no one wants to hear a bad thing, but if outsiders genuinely thought we were getting a bad movie, they would just say nothing.

Kevin Smith wouldn’t cry on set. Ava DuVernay wouldn’t praise her friends. Instead, we would get nothing.

With Star Wars: Episode IX just one year away, we are so excited for the movie. It feels so far away, but it will be here sooner than we realize – and when it does, we will cherish everything we love about Star Wars starting from the first time we heard that delightful hum of a lightsaber.

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Star Wars: Episode IX is scheduled to release December 20, 2019 – one year from today. –