What Can the Official Cast Announcement For ‘Episode IX’ Tell Us About the Movie?

A couple of days ago the official cast for Episode IX was released in anticipation for the movie beginning filming on August 1. There was, of course, the expected returning cast such as Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isacc, and Kelly Marie Tran. Then there were some surprising delights such as the official announcement that Billy Dee Williams will be joining the cast, Mark Hamill will indeed return to undoubtedly play Force Ghost Luke Skywalker, and Carrie Fisher will reprise her role using unseen footage from The Force Awakens. There were some new faces also joining the ensemble of actors with Naomi Ackie and Richard E. Grant.

But beyond that this official cast announcement is also giving hints of what to expect in the upcoming Star Wars film, to a certain degree.

Such as the absence of Gwendoline Christie who played the awesome Captain Phasma through The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi. With her name not being featured in the returning cast it’s pretty evident that yes, Phasma did perish in the The Last Jedi after all.

Kaydel Connix

It also seems that Resistance Lieutenant Connix has gotten a bit more important since last we saw her, for Billie Lourd is one of the names to grace the official cast announcement. That’s exciting as we have seen her go from being a character with only one line said in The Force Awakens to a character who is important enough to be part of the main cast. Awesome!


Benicio del Toro also wasn’t fortunate enough to make this list. Rumors surfaced that he would indeed make another appearance in Episode IX but that may, however, not be the case. Of course, just because he didn’t get in the official cast announcement doesn’t mean he’s not in the movie. Keri Russel (The Americans) has been announced to play a mystery role in Episode IX but she wasn’t in the recent cast announcement as well.


And Frank Oz, who is suspected to reprise his role as Yoda for Episode IX, is also not in this announcement. That doesn’t exactly mean that he won’t be in the movie but that tells us that he will once again have a minimal role in the film like he did in The Last Jedi rather than anything remotely substantial.

All in all, this recent cast announcement for Episode IX has refreshed my excitement for Star Wars and I absolutely can’t wait to share with you more news from the film in the upcoming months.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a lovely day. May the Force be with you.


2 thoughts on “What Can the Official Cast Announcement For ‘Episode IX’ Tell Us About the Movie?”

  1. The 2-Big-Wrong-Things about the Last Jedi, which made it probably the 2nd-worst Star Wars movie (the one with Jar-Jar Binks was the worst. This was 2nd worst) are:

    1. Unanswered questions, and–
    2. Too many unecessary and pointless people in the movie. Seriously.

    The blonde lady who commanded the ship and argued with poe Da meron seemed like a clueless bimbo with a title and a 10-story ego. But nnoooo sense of tactics or battle-strategy. But there’s more—

    The Oriental lady who hangs out with Finn. What is her purpose? The show coulda been just fine even if she wasn’t there. And—why does anyone really care about Capt. Phasma at all? I don’t get it. She’s one of those characters who you could have just saying a few sentences maybve 2 or 3 times in the whole movie as an important in-passing sort of thing. She just happens to be the person who is the captain and so what. Not the main point of the story by a looonnnng shot.

    And I still dont even see Finn’s relevance just quite yet. He helped in an early escape and now the bad-guys are ticked at him. Yeah, OK.

    But it was all the unaswered question that really let the fans down. BIG-time!
    We STILL don’t know who Rey’s parents were.
    We still don’t kow who is Maz kanata?
    We still don’t know exactly who it was who left Rey on the “sand-planet” to be a Scavenger, or exactly why.
    We still don’t know who created The First Order and what it’s original purpose was/is.
    We still don’t know who or what Snoke is, or where he came from, or Snoke himself had yet another Master.

    What a Letdown!
    And now, at the end of The Last Jedi, it seems the show could take of in 15 different possible directions and we have nnooooo idea where it’s going and it already feels as if the whole thing will be Anti-Climactic! J. J. Abrams has some serious work to do. Let’s hope for the best, but right now, I-ain’t-feelin’-it. Or seeing it. — TheOwl30 at: thewordpressowl.wordpress.com


    1. There are a LOT of questions still unanswered and I understand your frustration but Rian Johnson wasn’t trying to answer our questions. Instead he tole a complex story with three main aspects.

      1: The failures of the Jedi. The Jedi for so long have been viewed as the saints of the galaxy and ‘The Last Jedi’ tore down that cemented theory by making Luke a flawed individual who wanted the Jedi to end because of all the harm the Jedi have created over the decades.

      2: The loss of hope. For so long ‘Star Wars’ has been a message of good versus evil, the dark side versus the light, and while sometimes the villains prevailed there was always hope. ‘The Last Jedi’ is the first movie to shatter the good guys’ hopes to the point that even Leia thought that the end had come. Luke’s incredible sacrifice was the only thing that would ultimately reignite that hope.

      And 3: The relationship between Rey and Kylo Ren. At the end of the day the trilogy truly revolves around these two young Force wielders. Rey and Kylo sit on different sides of the Force and yet they’re connected in ways we can’t exactly comprehend yet. There are other characters surrounding them but the main basis of the story is highly focused on them. They are the future of ‘Star Wars’ and Rian Johnson made sure to highlight that in ‘The Last Jedi’.

      For a while I didn’t exactly understand the movie but after my latest viewing I have realized the genius behind the film’s story and I am thoroughly impressed with Rian Johnson’s vision of the Skywalker saga. ‘The Last Jedi’ in fact has now become my favorite ‘Star Wars’ movie tied with ‘The Empire Strikes Back’.

      I definitely appreciate and understand your opinion though. Let’s hope J.J Abrams can resolve some of those questions in a satisfying and enjoyable manner.

      Oh, and one day you should watch ‘The Last Jedi’ after participating in a ‘Star Wars’ marathon. It may change your view of the movie. 🙂

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