STAR WARS: EPISODE IX Director J.J. Abrams Confirms Summer Start Date For Filming At D23 Expo Japan

STAR WARS: EPISODE IX Director J.J. Abrams Confirms Summer Start Date For Filming At D23 Expo Japan

Star Wars: Episode IX director J.J. Abrams and Solo: A Star Wars Story director Ron Howard made a video appearance at D23 Expo Japan where they shared some fun info on their films. Details past the jump.

There have been numerous rumors and reports regarding the start of filming for Star Wars: Episode IX, but now director J.J. Abrams has reportedly confirmed the summer window.

According to the official D23 Disney Fan Club, Abrams, who is also co-writing the third and final film in the new trilogy, filmed a special greeting for audience members at Japan's D23 Expo. In his message he revealed that he was "hard at work co-writing Episode IX before directing it this summer."

Solo: A Star Wars Story director Ron Howard also appeared in a video message containing "never-before-seen, behind-the-scenes footage" of the upcoming standalone film. Disney and Lucasfilm typically release these behind-the-scenes videos online at some point following major events, so hopefully we get to see the Solo one soon. 

While Episode IX very much remains a secret, we got our first official look at Solo via a teaser trailer last week. Check it out below.



Solo: A Star Wars Story flies into theaters May 25, 2018, while Star Wars: Epixode IX will make its way into theaters on December 20, 2019.


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