Lando is Back! Episode IX Begins Filming Soon

Who’s ready for some more Star Wars? The hype is still real when it comes to the new Start Wars films and Lucasfilm has just announced the cast for Episode IX.

There will be returning and new cast members for the final installment of the Skywalker saga. They  begin filming at Pinewood Studios in London on August 1, 2018 for the film that is set to release in December of 2019.

In a press release on, they said:

“Returning cast members include Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, and Billie Lourd. Joining the cast of Episode IX are Naomi Ackie, Richard E. Grant, and Keri Russell, who will be joined by veteran Star Wars actors Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, and Billy Dee Williams, who will reprise his role as Lando Calrissian.

The role of Leia Organa will once again be played by Carrie Fisher, using previously unreleased footage shot for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. “We desperately loved Carrie Fisher,” says Abrams. “Finding a truly satisfying conclusion to the Skywalker saga without her eluded us. We were never going to recast, or use a CG character. With the support and blessing from her daughter, Billie, we have found a way to honor Carrie’s legacy and role as Leia in Episode IX by using unseen footage we shot together in Episode VII.”

That is awesome news for Carrie Fisher fans as well. And of course, Lando’s back! Who’s ready to see Billy Dee Williams back on the big screen?

We’re also going to see a return of Composer John Williams, who has done every chapter since the 1977 release of A New Hope. It just wouldn’t be the same Star Wars without scores from John Williams.

The latest film is produced by Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Michelle Rejwan, and executive produced by Callum Greene and Jason McGatlin.

Additional crew includes:

  • Dan Mindel (Director of Photography)
  • Rick Carter and Kevin Jenkins (Co-Production Designers)
  • Michael Kaplan (Costume Designer)
  • Neal Scanlan (Creature and Droid FX)
  • Maryann Brandon and Stefan Grube (Editors)
  • Roger Guyett (VFX Supervisor)
  • Tommy Gormley (1st AD)
  • Victoria Mahoney (2nd Unit Director)

Are you excited? Stay tuned here on the site because we’ll update you with news about the filming of the new movie as it comes in and of course, those trailers when the time comes and they get released.

Lisa Clark

Lisa has been an avid gamer since she was old enough to hold her first controller and a game writer for more than a decade. A child of the Nintendo generation, she believes they just don’t make games like they used to but sometimes, they make them even better! While consoles will always be her first love, Lisa spends most of her gaming time on the PC these days- on MMOs and first-person shooters in particular.