Lucasfilm may have been keeping Star Wars: Episode IX’s secrets close to its chest, but with the film in the middle of production this year, information about the film has managed to make its way to fans online.
One of the most recent leaks includes a report about the film’s potential filming locations – one which may confirm Episode IX’s return to locations from A New Hope, Return of the Jedi and from Phantom Menace.
According to a new report by Star Wars News Net, Episode IX is set to shoot scenes in Ireland, Italy, and California as it continues production this year.
Though it might not seem much to others, a shoot in Ireland could hint at a stand-in location for Ahch-To, the island planet where fans have seen Luke (Mark Hamill) hiding out in during the end of The Force Awakens and during a majority of The Last Jedi.
Meanwhile, the Italy location could very well serve as a stand-in for the planet of Naboo. After all, the planet’s Royal Palace in Phantom Menace was filmed in Italy before.
California could serve as locations for various places in the original trilogy. The location was previously used for Tatooine (Death Valley) and for the Forest Moon of Endor (Redwoods of Northern California).
Of course, filming at these specific locations don’t necessarily mean that Episode IX will be making a return to planets from the original and prequel trilogy. However, it is a possibility. J.J. Abrams would probably want to feature a few of these planets knowing that Episode IX would serve as the culmination of three decades of the Star Wars saga. Let’s just cross our fingers and wait and see.
Star Wars: Episode IX hits cinemas December 20, 2019.