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Star Wars: Episode IX Reportedly a 'Course Correction' For Lucasfilm

A new report indicates that Lucasfilm hopes Star Wars: Episode IX will put the franchise back on the right track after a disappointing box office haul for Solo: A Star Wars Story.

The report comes from Variety's article on how several major studios are pursuing director J.J. Abrams for a record-breaking megadeal. According to the article, Lucasfilm is approaching Episode IX "as a course correction," following the failure of Solo to meet expectations.

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Solo only earned a little over $392 million worldwide upon its release in May. The film is currently the least successful in the history of the Star Wars franchise and may have lost Disney over $50 million. Alden Ehrenreich, the actor who plays Solo in the film, is signed on for three films with Disney, which means he could still return to the role in some capacity in other spinoff films set during that time period. However, Solo itself is unlikely to get a sequel.

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Abrams, who directed 2015's The Force Awakens, is returning to the director's chair following the departure of Colin Trevorrow in September 2017. Production on Episode IX began in August, according to a tweet from Abrams.

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Directed and co-written by J.J. Abrams, Star Wars: Episode IX stars Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, Billie Lourd, Keri Russell, Matt Smith, Anthony Daniels, Mark Hamill, Billy Dee Williams, and Carrie Fisher, with Naomi Ackie and Richard E. Grant. The film is scheduled to open on Dec. 20, 2019.

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