According to director J.J. Abrams, the upcoming Star Wars: Episode IX will be taking place a little bit after The Last Jedi.
At the Star Wars Celebration panel discussing the upcoming final film in the nine-part Skywalker saga, Stephen Colbert interviewed Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy, President of LucasFilms, and asked if the upcoming Episode IX takes place immediately after The Last Jedi, like how The Last Jedi took place right after The Force Awakens.
"What I will say is that the movie doesn't pick up immediately after the last film. Some time has gone by," Abrams teased. "This is an adventure that the group goes on together, and it's a story that I think, one of the great things about the movie getting to work on is the dynamic between the characters. They are just the most wonderful together."
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This confirms previous rumors surrounding Episode IX, which indicated there would be a time jump.
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 arrives Dec. 20.