Star Wars: Episode IX isn't planned until 2019, but it's never too early to look forward to what the Star Wars galaxy will be bringing to our movie screens. The movie is essentially in pre-production already and due to some very unfortunate circumstances we actually know a lot about changes that the film has needed to make, long before Star Wars: The Last Jedi even arrives in theaters.

Here's everything we know so far about Star Wars: Episode IX.

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What Is The Star Wars: Episode IX Rating And Release Date?

There was a time when the one thing that we knew for sure about Star Wars: Episode IX was its release date. It was set for May 24, 2019. Following the delay in Star Wars: The Last Jedi which shifted it from a summer to a holiday release in 2017, the Star Wars franchise was set to move into the summer in 2018 with the Han Solo movie, and Star Wars: Episode IX was set to hit almost exactly a year later. However, due to one very big change the movie is going through, which we'll be getting into in a minute, Star Wars will be shifting back to holiday release schedule. The movie is currently set to debut on December 20, 2019. This will see it opening a week after DC's Wonder Woman 2 and the same day as the planned cinematic adaptation of the musical Wicked.

We're two Star Wars movies into the new generation and both have been PG-13 films. At this point, we have to assume that Star Wars: Episode IX will also be a PG-13 film, though if Star Wars: The Last Jedi somehow ends up with a PG rating, we may need to reconsider.

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Who Is Directing Star Wars: Episode IX?

At least when George Lucas was in charge we knew the answers to such complicated questions as, who's directing? Star Wars had been looking to fairly new, but accomplished, directors to make a lot of their new movies. Following names like Gareth Edwards and Rian Johnson, Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow had been tapped as the man taking the reins to close out this new trilogy. However, in September of 2017 it was announced that Trevorrow and Lucasfilm had mutually agreed to part ways. Trevorrow's last movie, The Book of Henry was critically slammed, leading many to wonder if the director's chair would be reconsidered and while it's not clear what role, if any, that movie played, Trevorrow has no followed Josh Trank Phil Lord, and Chris Miller into the "former Star Wars directors" club. A few days after the announcement of Trevorrow's departure it was confirmed that Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams would be returning to finish the trilogy he started.

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What Is Star Wars: Episode IX About?

Well, that is the question now, isn't it? On the one hand, we know exactly what Episode IX will be about, as it will close out this third Star Wars trilogy, bringing the stories of Rey, Finn, Poe, Luke Skywalker and everybody else to some sort of conclusion. We fully expect the First Order to be defeated and for a new era in the galaxy to begin.

But as far as how any of that might happen, we have almost no clue. Certainly, once Star Wars: The Last Jedi arrives on screens we'll have some sort of idea, as we'll at least be able to say where the final movie will start, based on where the previous one ended. There's a lot that can still happen to our favorite characters. We can't even be sure they'll all make it to Episode IX, considering that Han Solo left us during The Force Awakens. And then, of course, there's the character we know will be missing.

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