Thursday, March 7, 2019

Report: Description Of The 'Episode IX' Footage Shown At Today's Disney Shareholders Event

By: Dominic Jones

Today, Disney held their annual shareholders meeting today where they screened the first bit of footage from Star Wars Episode IX to people outside of the production crew.  Disney CEO Bob Iger introduced the footage, which was reportedly a combination of actual scenes from the film and behind the scenes moments.  The clip has not been made publicly available (and likely won't be), but fortunately people inside the event have take to social media to describe what they saw.

Obviously, this is a very early teaser for the film (which just finished shooting a couple of weeks ago) and it will be interesting to see how much of it ends up in the trailer (likely coming at Star Wars Celebration in April).  And before you ask, no they didn't reveal the title.  That's still JJ Abrams' secret to keep.

The big takeaway in my mind is that we are seeing the return of Darth Vader's helmet, last seen in The Force Awakens.  In The Last Jedi, Kylo appeared to be trying to establish himself as being more than just a Vader-wannabe ("a child in a mask" as his master put it).  So it's very interesting now that Snoke's dead and he's Supreme Leader of the First Order, that he's brought back his Grandfather's mask.  Now that he's completely isolated (Snoke's dead, Rey rejected him, Hux's resents him, etc.), it seems he may be reverting to some of his old ways.  What this means for his arc in Episode IX, it's hard to say but it is very interesting.

Huge thanks to @Ladewig and @Dizparks for sharing what they saw in the shareholders meeting, and to @sleemo_ for keeping everyone up to date on what was going on in the meeting on Twitter.

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, Keri Russell, Richard E. Grant, Naomi Ackie, Lupita Nyong'o, Domhnall Gleeson, Joonas Suotamo, and Carrie Fisher.

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