It's official: production has wrapped on Star Wars: Episode IX. To celebrate, director J.J. Abrams released the film's first photo, which features Rey, Finn and Poe locked in an embrace.
"It feels impossible, but today wrapped photography on Episode IX," Abrams wrote. "There is no adequate way to thank this truly magical crew and cast. I’m forever indebted to you all."
It feels impossible, but today wrapped photography on Episode IX. There is no adequate way to thank this truly magical crew and cast. I’m forever indebted to you all. pic.twitter.com/138AprtFuZ— JJ Abrams (@jjabrams) February 15, 2019
Despite multiple leaks, no official photos had been released from the upcoming Star Wars film until today. Notably, the photo shared by Abrams appears to be a behind-the-scenes shot, as the crew can be seen working in the background. Per the photo, it looks as though the three protagonists are on a desert planet with what may be a moisture vaporator in the background.
John Boyega, who plays Finn and maintains an active social media profile, also shared the photo. "That’s a wrap on Star Wars episode 9 and the end to a chapter of my life that I couldn’t be more thankful for," he wrote. "What a process! It really has been a joy to be in these movies surrounded by amazing people. JJ thank you for making my dreams come true."
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 December 20.