Star Wars: Episode IX has a new writer... Jack Thorne

News just in - Star Wars: Episode IX has a new writer. Jack Thorne, who has a strong pedigree in British TV (he penned episodes of Skins, Shameless and National Treasure and also was involved in the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child stage script) is picking up script writing duties from Colin Trevorrow who was previously both writing and directing the film and Trevorrow's regular writing partner Derek Connolly.

It's not unusual for a Star Wars (or any) film to have multiple screenwriters, but we can already here the rumour mill cranking up a gear - expect the gutter web to start running foreboding stories on Trevorrow's future in the franchise.

Right now, other than scriptwriting changes, nothing else has happened and the film is still on course for a mid-2019 release. It is expected to commence shooting in January following the release of The Last Jedi.

If you want to see what Jack Thorne can do with feature film writing, keep an eye open for Wonder which is due for release on 1st December.

Last updated: 05/04/2018 08:46:43

Star Wars

Star Wars is a science fiction film series created by George Lucas. It debuted in 1977 and the first film was quickly retitled to Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. It was followed by two sequels - The Empire Strikes Back in 1980 and Return of the Jedi in 1983. A trilogy of prequel films were launched in 1999 with The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. In 2015 Star Wars returned to the screens for a new trilogy under the control of Disney with The Force Awakens directed by J J Abrams.

A series of spin-offs were launched in 2016 with Gareth Edwards' Rogue One and 2017 will see the second film in the new trilogy, Rian Johnson's The Last Jedi.

Another spin-off will be released in 2018 - Solo - which tells the story of Han Solo before the original Star Wars film and 2019 will round off the third trilogy with the untitled Episode IX.

A fourth trilogy of films has been announced for release after 2020 which will be overseen by Rian Johnson and they will feature entirely new characters and an entirely separate story.

In addition, there are the TV series The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels and a new as yet untitled live action series due to debut some time after 2020.

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