John Williams Confirms Return For Star Wars Episode IX

"Star Wars: The Last Jedi" not only drew an impressive audience, but was also very well received by critics, scoring a 90 percent rating on the review site Rotten Tomatoes.

Appearing on The Star Wars Show, one of the first things the team discusses is the movie's connection to Star Wars: Battlefront II. Episode VIII follows the events of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens", directed by J.J. Abrams after Disney's acquisition of the franchise.

Last year, Mark Hamill set off a flurry of speculation when he told Empire Magazine there was a big, last-minute adjustment to the end of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, that would have changed something about the then-upcoming Last Jedi.

Many movie series can suffer from having a bad sequel, and that challenge is being observed as fans criticize "The Last Jedi".

For any fans who think director Rian Johnson was being all willy-nilly with Star Wars mythology, the chat with these Lucasfilm Story Group members indicates that there was plenty of thought when it came to introducing new concepts into the universe. It was the ending in particular that got many fans talking. The campaign has also included two other films, which have been collectively viewed by 4 million people: a specially-commissioned look "behind-the-scenes" during filming for The Last Jedi in Ireland in 2015 and 2016, as well as an irreverent promotional film about holidays along the Wild Atlantic Way, also featuring Mark Hamill. Hamill noted that he was shocked to hear that Johnson make his character, normally so full of optimism and hope, become so distant from his past beliefs. Plus, we get confirmation that Mark Hamill's second role in the movie was the little alien who kept popping coins into BB-8 like he was a slot machine (seen above).

In today's most obvious news, composer John Williams confirmed to Variety that he will score the upcoming "Star Wars: Episode IX". As for Luke's specific abilities in the latest Star Wars, Johnson doesn't see anything problematic about them.

Vanessa Coleman

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