Force Material Episode XLI: Episode IX Begins!
Sound the Death Star alarm! We're back with another emergency episode to process the Episode IX casting announcement!
Star Wars Episode IX begins filming on August 1, so Lucasfilm has finally confirmed the movie's cast and crew - and there's a lot to take in.
We begin by discussing the confirmation that Episode IX will be the "end of the Skywalker saga", and what that means for Kylo Ren (00:01:24).
We break down the returning cast members and the most notable omissions (00:05:33); the new cast members coming aboard for Episode IX (00:18:13); and Baz's crackpot Ahsoka Tano theory (00:25:03).
Then we discuss the return of Mark Hamill (00:31:15), and Rohan's crackpot Luke Skywalker theory (00:35:50).
We celebrate the news that Carrie Fisher will appear in the film and how this impacts the 'time jump' theory (00:53:23), and the chances of Leia's story continuing past Episode IX in other media (01:06:12).
We also discuss the return of the crew that made The Force Awakens, including unsung hero Rick Carter (01:08:36), explain why 2019 is going to be a great time to be a Star Wars fan (01:16:26), and place our bets on when the teaser trailer will drop (01:23:27).
Finally, Baz talks about his recent interview with George Miller (01:26:15), and we recap the response to our Jar Jar Binks episode (01:28:00).
Next time: We go back to the beginnings of The Clone Wars!
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