"Star Wars: Episode IX" will take place one year following the events of "The Last Jedi," according to multiple reports.
A leaked photo of Empire magazine's 2019 movie preview showed John Boyega (Finn) saying that the film will pick up one year after the events of "The Last Jedi."
"John Boyega has confirmed the film takes place roughly one year after the events of 'The Last Jedi,'" the section says.
As you might recall, "Last Jedi" ended with the Resistance and the Republic in shambles with the First Order, now led by Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), at full force. But heroes Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) ended the film with hope for how they can battle back against their enemies after Luke Skywalker's (Mark Hamill) sacrifice saved their lives.
Picking up a year later can mean many things for the franchise.
According to Collider, the movie could begin with the Resistance already rebuilt.
The gap between "Last Jedi" and "Episode IX" could mean that Rey will develop her Jedi skills to a point where she's more confident with her abilities, according to Esquire.
"We desperately loved Carrie Fisher," said director JJ Abrams. "Finding a truly satisfying conclusion to the Skywalker saga without her eluded us. We were never going to recast, or use a CG character. With the support and blessing from her daughter, Billie, we have found a way to honor Carrie's legacy and role as Leia in 'Episode IX' by using unseen footage we shot together in 'Episode VII.'"
The year gap could make it easier for "Episode IX" to handle Leia's future. As Esquire notes, it's possible Leia could die within the year gap and the unused footage could be flashback images of her helping the Resistance.
The film will hit theaters Dec. 20, 2019.