Star Wars 9 director J.J. Abrams has confirmed the movie is completed.
That’s good news considering the much-anticipated film will drop in theaters in just a few weeks. Fan excitement has been growing in recent weeks as we get close to the release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
However, while Disney has been sending out TV sports, images, and trailers, Star Wars 9 director J.J. Abrams has been busy. He and his team have been hard at work behind the scenes to ensure the movie meets its December launch date.
.@starwars launched 42 years ago. And 24 days from now, the final chapter will be revealed in theaters! We are THRILLED to have director @jjabrams with us this morning — and he’s sharing an EXCLUSIVE clip from #TheRiseOfSkywalker! pic.twitter.com/gOfUTGWzpW
— Good Morning America (@GMA) November 25, 2019
Abrams has been working under a hectic schedule since joining The Rise of Skywalker. You may remember he was the director of Star Wars: The Force Awakens before taking a producer role on The Last Jedi.
Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow was scheduled to helm The Rise of Skywalker but left the project due to creative differences. J.J. Abrams was drafted in to salvage the situation. He has been behind schedule since that shuffle, including editing the movie on-set.
Star Wars 9 Director Confirms Movie is Ready
Speaking on Good Morning America, Abrams confirmed The Rise of Skywalker is complete. The director finalized the last cut of the movie in recent weeks. In doing so, he ends a process that has been over a year in the making.
Principal photography on Star Wars 9 started in August 2018 and shooting was completed in February 2019. Since then, Abrams has used the following 10 months in post-production.
While that seems a lot of time, Star Wars movies are truly massive. Alongside regular editing, almost the whole movie is constructed of visual effects.
Now Star Wars fans can look forward to the launch of Star Wars 9. With the ongoing success of The Mandalorian (which has just topped the popularity of Stranger Things), this is a good time to be a Star Wars fan.