There is a time jump between The Last Jedi and Star Wars: Episode IX, and now we know it for sure because of John Boyega.
We knew there would a time jump between the end of The Last Jedi and the start of the Star Wars: Episode IX, and John Boyega confirmed the timing to Empire Magazine in its 2019 preview issue.
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There are some spoilers ahead based on the timeline, so if you don’t want to be spoiled, don’t read ahead.
According to Empire, Boyega told the magazine Episode IX takes place about a year after The Last Jedi. Here’s the excerpt confirming the timeline:
"Under the working title “trIXie’ John Boyega has confirmed the film takes place roughly one year after the events of The Last Jedi. By the end of The Last Jedi, the Resistance is practically able to fit around the holochess table in the Millennium Falcon, which suggests a different type of warfare for Episode IX. Isaac has compared the new rag-tag band of the Resistance to “the guerrilla fighters in Cuba…It’s that kind of ragged at this point”."
In one year, it doesn’t seem as though the Resistance has been able to build up their forces too much. It’s still a small group of fighters, but a passionate one. It is reminiscent a bit of the early stages of the rebellion … but we all know how that turned out.
So much could happen in a year though for both the Resistance and The First Order. That year has given Kylo Ren time to take control of The First Order and steer it in the direction he wants – although it’s still unclear exactly what he wants.
The Resistance has to build its ranks, and seems to be looking for scrappy fighters, those who can fight a war taking everything it takes, even rocks and ropes like the Ewoks. Plus, there is Rey, who apparently has spent part of the last year fixing or getting a lightsaber since hers was destroyed in The Last Jedi.
We still have e year to go until we get to see Episode IX, so thanks to Boyega for that little nugget.
Star Wars Episode IX is scheduled to be released December 20, 2019.