Star Wars 9 director J.J. Abrams has revealed that the movie's script is complete, and that filming will begin at the end of July. This is certainly exciting considering the shuffling behind-the-scenes that has taken place over the last several months. Colin Trevorrow was attached to direct and had been working on the final movie in the trilogy when he was let go from the project late last year. It was then revealed that Abrams would be returning once more to finish off the new trilogy after starting it in 2015 with The Force Awakens.
In a new interview, J.J. Abrams praised Star Wars 9 co-writer Chris Terrio, even going as far as to call him a "genius." It was previously thought that production for the new Star Wars movie would begin in June, but Abrams confirmed that it will begin at the end of July instead. Though the script is complete, it will more than likely go through some rewrites before the end of July. In the meantime, there's still a lot of preproduction work to be completed.
J.J. Abrams recently commented on the negative reaction to Rian Johnson's The Last Jedi and also stated that none of the fan reactions of that movie will have any effect on Star Wars 9. The director then took it one step further, claiming that a lot of the backlash surrounding Johnson's movie was due to the fact that several Star Wars fans are afraid of strong women, which caused a stir in the fan community. However, J.J. Abrams is excited to be finishing off the new trilogy and was tight-lipped about anything else having to do with the movie.
The casting of new characters and the location scouting for any possible new planets will also need to take place between now and the end of July. As far as story details, there aren't any at this time, though fans have a few requests. Some of the bigger requests for events to happen in Star Wars 9 is the return of the Knights of Ren, or at least some story on what happened to them. Additionally, the same can be said for Supreme Leader Snoke. Who is he and how did the First Order come to power?
There we have it, right from the source. Star Wars 9 has a finished script and filming will begin at the end of July. Solo: A Star Wars Story will more than likely still be in theaters when production begins on the last movie in the new trilogy, which is pretty cool. It's now officially time to let the speculation about Star Wars 9 begin... where will J.J. Abrams steer the ship to this time? There's still plenty that we do not know, but in the meantime, you can check out the interview with J.J. Abrams below, thanks to The Late Show with Stephen Colbert's YouTube account.