Star Wars: The Last Jedi might be finishing its run in cinemas, however fans are already looking forward to Star Wars: Episode IX, wondering what might happen in the final chapter of the sequel trilogy installment.
While many feel uncertain about what direction the franchise might take after The Last Jedi subverted fan expectation and played around with Star Wars lore, it seems like director Kevin Smith is fairly certain that Episode IX would involve the loss of another iconic Star Wars symbol – the Millennium Falcon.
Speaking during a recent episode of his podcast, Fatman on Batman, the filmmaker theorized that the next big "loss" of the franchise would not only be the death of Leia (Carrie Fisher) but the destruction of the Falcon.
"They killed Han Solo in The Force Awakens.They killed Luke Skywalker in The Last Jedi. Sadly, Carrie has passed, so they have to deal with the Princess Leia of it all. But what do you think is the next big loss?"
There are only a few classic characters and items remaining in the Star Wars sequel trilogy, and Smith thinks that the destruction of the Falcon would be the final step in writing off the original cast.
"I think it's the Falcon. That would really rip all of our hearts out. And, at the same time, legacy cast is gone, maybe they don't necessarily — if it's a big enough story beat, I bet you that's what goes."
J.J. Abrams could follow that direction. It would certainly pull heartstrings after the release of Solo: A Star Wars Story. Let's just wait and see what happens.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is currently screening in cinemas.