It appears Lucasfilm is gearing up to make some announcements about Star Wars: Episode IX. The company has confirmed that a panel dedicated to the upcoming film will be held during the Star Wars Celebration event in Chicago next month.
Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and director J.J. Abrams will appear on the panel, but that’s all we know for sure. The panel will feature “surprises and special guests,” according to the latest episode of the Star Wars Show. It’s unknown if any of the cast will appear on the panel or if we’ll finally get a trailer.
The panel will take place on Friday, April 12, and thankfully it’ll be streamed live. Episode IX is the final instalment in what’s called the “Skywalker Saga.”
It was originally expected to be directed by Jurassic World’s Colin Trevorrow, who had a different vision. Abrams, you may recall, directed 2015’s The Force Awakens.
Episode IX was initially announced with a May 2019 release date, but Lucasfilm delayed the film to December following the change of directors. It may be for the best, as Disney already has a massive release in Avengers: Endgame coming in late-April.
Episode IX brings back Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, and John Boyega, while Keri Russell, Dominic Monaghan, and Richard E. Grant are making their Star Wars franchise debuts with the new film.
It’s not just Episode IX that may get revealed at Star Wars Celebration. The new third-person Star Wars game from Apex Legends developer Respawn, Jedi Fallen Order, will be formally unveiled at the show–so keep checking back for more!