2017 BIFA Award-Winner Naomi Ackie Joins the cast of Star Wars Episode IX

Star Wars: Episode IX has begun filming at London’s Pinewood Studios.

J.J. Abrams returns to direct the final installment of the Skywalker saga. Abrams co-wrote the screenplay with Chris Terrio.

Returning cast members include Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, and Billie Lourd.

Joining the cast of Episode IX are Naomi Ackie and Richard E. Grant, who will be joined by veteran Star Wars actors Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, and Billy Dee Williams, who will reprise his role as Lando Calrissian.

The role of Leia Organa will once again be played by Carrie Fisher. Composer John Williams, who has scored every chapter in the Star Wars saga since 1977’s A New Hope, will return to a galaxy far, far away with Episode IX.

Star Wars: Episode IX will be produced by Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Michelle Rejwan, and executive produced by Callum Greene and Jason McGatlin.

Ackie recently won the 2017 British Independent Film Festival  ‘Promising Newcomer’ award for her role in Lady Macbeth (2016). Ackie will soon be seen in Idris Elba’s directorial debut, ‘Yardie’ out in the UK Friday 31st August 2018

Star Wars: Episode IX is scheduled for a December 2019 release.

Read TBB’s interview with Naomi Ackie here.


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