AceShowbiz - It's officially a wrap on "Star Wars: Episode IX". Friday, February 15 was the last day of shooting on the ninth and final installment in the Skywalker saga, which the cast and director J.J. Abrams marked with heartfelt messages on social media.
Abrams took to Twitter to share a photo of the "Star Wars" main trio, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Oscar Isaac, hugging it out on the desert set. Isaac looked particularly emotional as they bid farewell to each other.
The director wrote in the caption, "It feels impossible, but today wrapped photography on Episode IX. There is no adequate way to thank this truly magical crew and cast. I'm forever indebted to you all."
It feels impossible, but today wrapped photography on Episode IX. There is no adequate way to thank this truly magical crew and cast. I’m forever indebted to you all. pic.twitter.com/138AprtFuZ— JJ Abrams (@jjabrams) February 15, 2019
Sharing the same photo on his Instagram and Twitter page, Boyega wrote an emotional message marking the end of his stint as Finn. "That's a wrap on Star Wars episode 9 and the end to a chapter of my life that I couldn't be more thankful for. What a process! It really has been a joy to be in these movies surrounded by amazing people," he said.
He also expressed his gratitude to Abrams and fans, "I personally want to thank @jjabramsofficial for giving me a chance to make my dreams come true. To our supporters.... See you SOON! May the force be with you."
Ridley wrote on her own Instagram account, "That's a wrap on the finale of the Skywalker saga. #EpisodeIX @jjabramsofficial @starwars @starwarsmovies @johnboyega and Oscar Isaac. [heart emoji]"
Principal photography on the still-untitled ninth "Star Wars" film kicked off last August at Pinewood Studios near London. It is the first installment in the franchise that was filmed after Carrie Fisher's sudden passing in December 2016. She will still be featured in the movie with unused footage from "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" and "Star Wars: The Last Jedi".
Plot details are still kept under wraps. Abrams co-wrote the script with Chris Terrio. In addition to the main trio, Adam Driver, Lupita Nyong'o, Domhnall Gleeson, Billie Lourd, Joonas Suotamo and Kelly Marie Tran are expected to reprise their respective roles. As for Mark Hamill, his appearance in the upcoming film is not confirmed yet, considering his character Luke Skywalker's apparent demise in "The Last Jedi".
The next and final chapter in the "Star Wars" sequel trilogy is slated to arrive on December 20 in the United States.