Star Wars: Episode 9 is still in production – and has been widely touted as the conclusion of the sequel trilogy, which began with 2015’s The Force Awakens and continued with 2017’s The Last Jedi. And whilst whispers on Reddit and Twitter have speculated on whether the as-yet-untitled upcoming instalment will be split in two, or whether its characters’ stories will continue into future movies; it seems Grant has the answer. And it’s not good news for anyone who isn’t ready to say goodbye.
Speaking on The Graham Norton Show tonight about his new movie Can You Ever Forgive Me? – for which he is nominated for multiple awards – the British star was also asked about his new mystery role for LucasFilm.
While he obviously didn’t give anything away, he did very definitively refer to the upcoming release as the “final” Star Wars story.
“I was a drama student when I saw the first one in 1977 and if you had told me then that 41 years later I would be in the final Star Wars I wouldn’t have believed you,” he said.
Of course the Game of Thrones creators, as well as Rian Johnson, have been tapped to develop more Star Wars films, but it seems that – as far as this current story goes; that of Rey and Kylo Ren and the Skywalkers – Episode 9 is the end of the line.
Grant said of the secrecy: “Yes, I am in the last Star Wars.
“I have no idea [if I’ll be recognisable] because I’ve not even been allowed to tell my family what the name of my character is.
“If I told you I would get fired. We’re not even allowed to take the script home. There is a lot of security.”
Grant had been rumoured to be playing Thrawn, a popular character who has not yet appeared in a Star Wars movie. But this has subsequently been downplayed.