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Star Wars: Episode IX Set Photos Tease Another Snowy Planet

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Star Wars movies are known for their memorable planets, from arid Tatooine and swampy Dagobah to urban Coruscant and frozen Hoth. The franchise returned to an icy world with the mobile Starkiller Base in The Force Awakens, but it doesn't appear as if it's done with snow just yet.

Instagram user Luke Griffin has posted images from a purported filming location for Star Wars: Episode IX that indicate director J.J. Abrams' sequel will feature a snowy setting. There are eight photos in all, including three that depict building construction.

It's not clear how Griffin captured the photos, but a glance at his Instagram account shows he has an avid interest in all things Star Wars. The above photos were posted on Jan. 25, but they weren't the first to appear on his account. Another was dropped on Jan. 1, providing a closer look at the trees and fake snow.

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The photo clearly shows what looks like scorched trees, which may be the result of some fighting between the First Order and the Resistance, but until the film releases, it's all speculation.

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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.

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