Star Wars: Episode 9 Takes Place One Year After 'The Last Jedi'
According to an upcoming issue of Empire Magazine, John Boyega has confirmed that the events of the yet-to-be-named ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’ will take place approximately one year from the conclusion of ‘The Last Jedi.’
Time jumps are common amongst related trilogies in the Star Wars Universe. ‘Return of the Jedi’ was similarly set a year after the events of ‘The Empire Strikes Back,’ while ‘Attack of the Clones’ was set an entire decade after ‘The Phantom Menace.’ It was last year’s installment that largely broke from Lucasfilm tradition, with ‘Last Jedi’ essentially taking place immediately after the conclusion of ‘The Force Awakens.’
Considering the dire state of the Resistance and their desperate need to rebuild, many assumed a longer time jump would be necessary to properly establish the balance of the good-versus-evil dynamic. This would also allow Lucasfilm greater leeway in rolling out supplementary materials such as novels, comics, and other merchandise-related narrative devices set within the temporal gap. However, a year still gives the studio plenty of opportunity to craft captivating tales of each character’s comeback.