I can’t believe we still don’t know the full title of Star Wars Episode IX, let alone the first trailer. But presumably we’ll learn the title and a lot more out of the upcoming Star Wars Celebration in Chicago on April 11 – 15.
There will be a Star Wars Episode IX panel at the event with Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy and Star Wars: Episode IX director J.J. Abrams appearing on stage and promising plenty of surprises and special guests. They’re expecting crowds for this to be huge so not only will it be live on the Celebration Stage; it will be streamed to the Galaxy and Twin Suns Stages too.
Oscar Isaac wants fans to prepare for the end of the Skywalker saga in the “Star Wars: Episode IX.” Talking with The Today Show, Isaac explained, “It is the end of the entire Skywalker saga. Nine stories. This is the culmination of the thing. I think what J.J. [Abrams] has done, and really the whole Lucasfilm team, is going to be incredibly fulfilling. It’s also special for us because you get to learn a lot more things about these characters.”
Looking toward the future might mean going into the past. There’s a rumor on the Star Wars News Network that work on the next trilogy of films, to be directed by Game of Thrones’ David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, are set to begin production later this year. The new films are believed to be set much earlier in the Star Wars timeline than the Skywalker saga in the era of the Old Republic. The idea is that setting these movies thousands of years earlier, will allow for content that appeals “to more of a Game of Thrones style audience.” The good news is that there will still be Jedi, lightsabers, Sith, droids and all the familiar Star Wars elements.
If true, this also ties into the rumored revival of the LucasArts games division. The “Star Wars: The Old Republic” multiplayer online role-playing game was very popular earlier this decade and it might be revived if this is the direction Benioff and Weiss are going with the new trilogy.
So how does Episode IX connect to the Old Republic? Those old Jedi books Rey purloined from Luke in The Last Jedi could provide a link to the battles waged by Jedi thousands of years prior to the Battle of Yavin.
What is your guess for the Episode IX title and are you a fan of the Old Republic games and stories? Let us know in the comments.