J.J. Abrams and his cast and crew have done a pretty damn good job at keeping Star Wars: Episode IX plot details under wraps, and outside of a few set pic leaks, there hasn’t been much to latch onto. That has now changed a bit thanks to an interview John Boyega did with Empire.
Apparently, Star Wars: Episode IX will take place approximately one year after the events of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Nick and I have speculated that Episode IX would have to have some sort of a time jump, mostly because the Resistance has been reduced to such low numbers that they could all fit on the Millennium Falcon, so I’m not surprised to learn that it will take place a year after the First Order nearly snuffed out the Resistance.
A year’s time will have allowed the story and its characters to have marinated a bit after TLJ, which in turn will allow them to have grown a bit since the last time we’ve seen them. It gives both Rey and Kylo ample time to refine their lot with the Force. It gives the Resistance ample time to regroup and kick off a guerrilla warfare campaign. It gives the First Order time to further increase its hold over the galaxy, so things could be pretty dire by the time we get to see Episode IX next December.
I’m sure Nick and I will have much more to say about this on the next episode of the Star Wars Time Show, so stay tuned.