But after its predecessor, 2017’s The Last Jedi, seemingly proved controversial among fans – particularly the more die-hard enthusiasts online – many have been wondering if this new effort would offer something of a course correction. Especially given that its director, JJ Abrams, helmed Last Jedi’s predecessor; the widely loved The Force Awakens.
However, new claims have emerged suggesting Episode 9 could be even bolder.
The popular podcast Now This Is Podcasting, from the people behind the fansite Making Star Wars, suggests the MacGuffin could prove to be a big talking point – with emphasis on the word “controversial”.
As relayed to Reddit by user SorryNotSpartacus, the hosts’ source – who is not a particularly big Star Wars fan – called it “delightful”, but “controversial” is more agreed-on by those who understand the fandom more.
It’s noted that the people calling it “controversial” did not think the divisive elements of The Last Jedi would cause as much discussion as they did – so is this a sign that Episode 9 will be even more polarising?
And what exactly could this MacGuffin be? Now This Is Podcasting host Jason has reportedly played down the notion that it could be something like Darth Vader’s lightsaber.
For now, fans will be content just with Episode 9’s title, which is coming much later than The Last Jedi’s was two years ago.
Star Wars Celebration in April is a likely launchpad for the name of the movie, but it has always been assumed that it’ll be a teaser launches at that time – with the title already out in the open.
Whatever that title is, it seems the stars of the movie don’t know it.
Naomi Ackie, who plays an as-yet-unknown role in the film, said on the red carpet last weekend that she is unaware.
“They keep everything on such a lockdown,” she told HeyUGuys.
“They don’t tell us anything until it’s time for us to know. Disney are the ultimate Jedis.”
Star Wars: Episode 9 is out in December.