Lucasfilm is taking their time, carefully crafting the latest trilogy of the Skywalker Saga. Episode VIII, which will be released two years after The Force Awakens during the Christmas 2017 season, began filming in February of 2016 just a month and a half after The Force Awakens hit theaters. The film completed production in July and by August it was being piped into the editing bay for Rian Johnson to begin assembling the project. John Williams also began writing the score for the film back in August and is heading into the recording studio to begin scoring the film this month which suggests a cut of the film is most certainly in order.
Per a new report from Project Casting, Star Wars Episode IX could start filming as early as April 2017 giving the film a total of 25 months to complete production.
While film productions are coming together faster and faster, Lucasfilm is giving director Colin Trevorrow plenty of time to helm a film that will protect the value of Disney’s acquisition of the brand for years to come.
The Young Han Solo spinoff also starts filming this January, set for a May 2018 release giving it just about a year and a half to meet the deadline for its theatrical debut.
Star Wars Episode IX is slated for release on May 23, 2019.
SOURCE: PROJECT CASTING