While fans are still digesting, and dissecting, the events of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Lucasfilm and director J.J. Abrams are of course already looking ahead to the trilogy's 2019 finale, which now has a working title.
According to the fan site Fantha Tracks, Star Wars: Episode IX is moving into development under the working title "Black Diamond." The news arrives on the heels of reports that Abrams pitched the film's story to Lucasfilm on Friday -- the day The Last Jedi premiered worldwide.
The website has a solid track record when it comes to uncovering the working titles of Star Wars films, having been the first to report that Rogue One would film under the name "Los Alamos" and that The Last Jedi would shoot as "Space Bear."
What significance, if any, "Black Diamond" has to the story of Episode IX is anybody's guess. Fantha Tracks notes that the film is produced under the business name Carbonado Industries (UK) Ltd., initially intended to be used for the Han Solo anthology movie, for obvious reasons. But black diamond is the common name for carbonado, the toughest form of natural diamond.
Perhaps that's a reference to the Resistance, which like the Rebel Alliance before it, is difficult to destroy. Maybe it has something to do with Rey, or with Kylo Ren's black, black heart. Or maybe Disney and Lucasfilm had a perfectly good company name lying around, and decided to use it for Episode IX.
Star Wars: Episode IX arrives in theaters Dec. 15, 2017.
(via Screen Rant)