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Unofficial reports claimed in November 2012 that Lawrence Kasdan, who originally wrote the screenplays for both Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, and co-writer Simon Kinberg would divide writing responsibilities for Star Wars Episodes VIII and IX, and both would co-produce all three films of the upcoming sequel trilogy, alongside Kathleen Kennedy.
However, in February 2013, Disney confirmed that Kasdan and Kinberg were working on standalone films, not sequel trilogy episodes.
During a concert with the Young Musician's Foundation Debut Orchestra on February 9, composer John Williams stated that he was hoping to get the chance to write the musical scores for the entire new trilogy. His involvement was made official when Star Wars Insider 144 stated he would score the "new Star Wars trilogy".
In June 2014, it was announced that Rian Johnson, director of the hit 2012 sci-fi flick Looper, will write and direct Episode VIII and write a story treatment for Episode IX.
In August 2015, it was announced that Colin Trevorrow would write and direct the film.
Lead actors Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, and Oscar Isaac are all signed on to return in the film, as well as actors Adam Driver and Andy Serkis, who portray the trilogy's main antagonists.
- Daisy Ridley as Rey
- John Boyega as Finn
- Adam Driver as Kylo Ren
- Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker
- Carrie Fisher as Leia Organa
- Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron
- Andy Serkis as Supreme Leader Snoke
- Anthony Daniels as C-3PO
- Peter Mayhew as Chewbacca
- Gugu Mbatha-Raw
- Greg Grunberg as Snap Wexley
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