Earlier this week we were ready to throw in the towel and concede that the first trailer for Star Wars: Episode IX wouldn’t be released until April at Lucasfilm’s annual Star Wars Celebration. But a fresh report from a reliable source is giving us new hope that the first Episode IX trailer could arrive way sooner than expected.
The latest news comes from Making Star Wars, which reports that an initial Episode IX trailer has already been cut, suggesting its release won’t be far behind. After all, why wait four extra months until April when the trailer is ready to go in January, right?
Making Star Wars attributes the news to unspecified “sources,” which might sound questionable if the site didn’t already have an excellent track record when it comes to this kind of reporting. So while you may want to take it with a grain of salt, it’s probably safe to assume that a trailer already exists in some form or another.
The report also notes that the current cut may not be the final version we see when the Episode IX trailer is released, adding that so far it’s been seen by very “few people.” This probably explains why so little information has leaked out.
Overall, the Making Star Wars seems to suggest that the trailer could be coming surprisingly soon:
One exists but we can’t say for certain when it will hit or if the one that exists will even be the one that is released. That said, it is sounding closer than further away and that’s exciting.
The report also includes some newly leaked images of what appears to be a new Episode IX setting (filmed in the U.K.’s Black Park). The forest floor appears to be covered in either snow, salt, or ash, and Making Star Wars speculates that it might be the home of another Starkiller Base like in Force Awakens.
In the meantime, Mark Hamill appears to be back in the U.K. and currently shooting his role in Star Wars: Episode IX, at least according to his Instagram account. So even if a trailer is almost ready to go, the movie itself appears to be far from complete.
Star Wars: Episode IX hits theaters on December 20, 2019.