Unofficial reports claimed in November 2012 that Lawrence Kasdan, who originally wrote the screenplays for both The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, and co-writer Simon Kinberg would divide writing responsibilities for The Last Jedi 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 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 Ben Solo/Kylo Ren
- Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker
- 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
- Jimmy Vee as R2-D2
- ↑ "Star Wars: Episode IX and Next Indiana Jones Get Release Dates". StarWars.com (April 25, 2017).
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