JJ Abrams tweets first production image from STAR WARS EPISODE IX, due December 20, 2019!

Production is now officially underway on STAR WARS EPISODE IX, and director J.J. Abrams is marking the occasion with a sweet note attached to the first “set photo”—although don’t get too excited, as the camera is the only thing in focus. But this being J.J. Abrams, there could be some hidden nuggets within, as you can make out John Boyega’s Finn smiling (complete with new hair and outfit) and chatting in the background with Rey. It’s unclear, but it’s exciting.

As Abrams embarks on crafting the final chapter of the Skywalker saga, he penned a note thanking THE LAST JEDI filmmaker Rian Johnson, as well as the man who started it all, George Lucas. Johnson, it must be said, replied to the tweet with a very appropriate STAR WARS gif of his own.

This is an exciting time, and fans are mighty curious to see how this franchise wraps up. While Lucasfilm originally intended on having three different directors helm these three new episodes, Colin Trevorrow co-wrote and worked on EPISODE IX for about a year before he was fired. Abrams was then lured back to finish what he started, and he began from scratch, co-writing the script with Oscar-winning ARGO screenwriter and BATMAN V SUPERMAN co-writer Chris Terrio.

Abrams shared a lot of set photos and videos during the production of THE FORCE AWAKENS that revealed absolutely nothing, but also gave fans something to enjoy, so it’ll be interesting to see if he does the same on EPISODE IX or if this thing’s on total lockdown.

Lucasfilm announced last week the full STAR WARS cast, which features new additions Naomi Ackie, Richard E. Grant, and Keri Russell along with the highly anticipated return of Billy Dee Williams as the iconic Lando Calrissian. The late Carrie Fisher will appear via unused footage from The Force Awakens, with Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, and Billie Lourd all returning as well.

STAR WARS EPISODE IX opens in theaters on December 20, 2019.

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