Unlike certain other Star Wars projects, the main saga series has been running like a Swiss watch of modern filmmaking efficiency. Rian Johnson is wrapping up work on Star Wars: The Last Jedi as we speak, and work has already begun on the next chapter, the as-yet untitled Star Wars: Episode IX, which will be overseen by the steady hands of Jurassic World helmer Colin Trevorrow. Now, Episode IX has already had its share of challenges, primarily the untimely passing of Carrie Fisher, which may be why Trevorrow has decided to farm out some of the writing work to a new set of fingers and his keyboard.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, British writer Jack Thorne has been hired to work on the script for Episode IX, as a new set of “fresh eyes” was needed on the project, said THR‘s sources. Trevorrow and his writing partner Derek Connelly have been working diligently on the script for months now, but it’s likely starting to get into crunch time for the pre-production of the film. There’s only a 15-month window between the release of The Last Jedi and Episode IX, so principal photography will likely begin before the end of the year in order to meet the release date date.
Thorne meanwhile has been getting a lot of buzz for his work on Wonder, an upcoming drama based on the best-selling novel of the same name starring Julia Roberts and Jacob Tremblay, but he’s perhaps best known for his work on British television including The Fades, The Cast-Offs, The Last Panthers and National Treasure, as well as the upcoming BBC adaptation of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials. Obviously plot details on Episode IX are being kept strictly under wraps (until the hackers get them).
Star Wars: Episode IX will be in theatres everywhere in May 2019; it’s predecessor, The Last Jedi, opens this December 15.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter