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Later this year, Star Wars: Episode IX will conclude the new trilogy of films that reawakened the Star Wars franchise. As with any finale, there's bound to be some emotions from fans who have grown attached to Rey, Finn, Poe, and the rest of the gang. It's up to you to decide how you're feeling after the movie, but director J.J. Abrams has said that he wants fans to walk away from the film feeling satisfied above all else.
Finales are tough for any storytelling medium to nail, and fans are often left divided on how their favorite movie, television, or book series ended. This December, Star Wars will likely become one of those series as Star Wars: Episode IX wraps up the story that began in 2015. To say that the last entry, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, left fans split down the middle is an understatement, and people are curious how J.J. Abrams and Lucasfilm will address the criticism in Episode IX.
It sounds like the goal is to make sure that everyone is left feeling satisfied...which is kind of the goal of every movie, if you think about it.
J.J. Abrams told ET that satisfaction was the most important emotion for Episode IX, though he hopes people feel a lot more by the time the credits finally roll. I certainly don't envy Abrams' job, but he does have experience in this area. Fans will remember that Abrams directed The Force Awakens and kickstarted this new trilogy. That movie is certainly satisfying as it captures a lot of the spirit of the original Star Wars films. Some would say it does that a little too well and doesn't have enough originality, but Abrams did his job.
Episode IX has still got lots of time to figure it out. The movie officially wrapped filming and doesn't arrive in theaters until December. Abrams shared a touching photo of Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, and Oscar Isaac hugging after filming. In reference to that photo and finally wrapping the movie, here's what Abrams said:
We've still got a little while before we can expect a trailer (or a title), but all of our questions will finally be revealed when Star Wars: Episode IX releases in theaters on December 20, 2019. To learn as much about the movie as possible, here's everything we know so far. For everything else hitting theaters this year, here's our 2019 movie release guide.