We’re well past being due the first trailer for Star Wars: Episode IX. In the cases of The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, Disney served up first looks a whole year before they were set to arrive. With the Mouse House currently focusing its energies on promoting Avengers: Endgame instead though, the release of a teaser for J.J. Abrams’ closer to the Sequel Trilogy has been put on hold. It’s expected to be coming very soon, however, and now we have a date to mark on our Star Wars edition calendars.
The annual Star Wars Celebration is happening in just a few weeks and Lucasfilm has revealed the details for the panels taking place over the weekend. The one that fans will want to pay attention to most is the Episode IX panel, which is scheduled for 11am EST on April 12th. The panel’s one hour long and will see Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and Abrams taking the floor. If the trailer’s coming during the event, that’s when it’ll drop.
And we’re definitely being told to expect some “surprises.” At least, that’s according to this description of the panel, which teases plenty to look forward to, including special guests.
“With the culmination of the Star Wars Saga arriving before the end of the year, the Star Wars: Episode IX panel is one you will definitely not want to miss! With Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy and Star Wars: Episode IX director JJ Abrams appearing on stage, you can count on plenty of surprises and special guests to keep your imagination buzzing for the rest of Celebration! Live on the Celebration Stage; streamed to the Galaxy and Twin Suns Stages.”
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Filming wrapped on Episode IX just last month, but since then we’ve got a few light teases from the cast about its content. For one, Oscar Isaac confirmed that it’ll be the final installment in the Skywalker saga, which has dominated the past eight mainline SW movies since the franchise began. This has led fans to theorize that Mark Hamill may have a sizable role as Luke while Hayden Christensen might just return for a cameo as Anakin, too. Hey, he is at the SW Celebration this year.
Star Wars: Episode IX is set to blast into this galaxy on December 20th, and as soon as we get confirmation on when the trailer will arrive, we’ll be sure to let you know.