Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Mark Hamill, Billy Dee Williams & Others Prepare For 'Episode IX' Filming

By: Benjamin Hart

It is now well known that production on Star Wars: Episode IX is now well underway after an exciting casting announcement, along with several leaked set photos. In addition we've also been treated to some some intriguing teases from the cast themselves as they prepare to return to Pinewood Studios in London to film their respective scenes.

First off, Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill, tweeted out a fun Labor Day greeting which also included a vague reference to Episode IX, in which he stated, "I'm not in the good ol' USA & tomorrow (wait for it...) I HAVE TO GO TO WORK!":

Also on Labor Day, the legendary Billy Dee Williams, who will be returning to portray Lando Calrissian in Episode IX, shared a video of himself on Twitter doing a bit of boxing with his personal trainer, Gunnar Peterson. Although he makes no mention of Episode IX, I think it's safe to assume Billy Dee is going to be training extra hard to prepare for his new scenes as Lando:

In addition, over the weekend we also got a quick update from newcomer Dominic Monaghan, who was just recently cast in the film. While we still have no idea who he's playing, Monaghan did hint at the beginning of his Star Wars work with a selfie of himself featuring the caption, "Heading to the galaxy far far away":

Although it's hard to glean any information from the film from these posts, it's still extremely exciting to know a new Star Wars movie is being made right now!

Star Wars: Episode IX hit theaters on December 20th, 2019.  The film is directed by JJ Abrams, with a script by Abrams and Chris Terio.  The film stars Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Kelly Marie Tran, Mark Hamill, Billy Dee Williams, Lupita Nyong'o, Domhnall Gleeson, Keri Russell, Richard E. Grant, Naomi Ackie, Dominic Monaghan, Anthony Daniels, Joonas Suotamo, Billie Lourd, and Carrie Fisher.

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