‘Star Wars: Episode IX’ Has Already Shot Its First Scene, Colin Trevorrow Reveals

“The Last Jedi” director Rian Johnson pulls a favor

Last Updated: June 20, 2017 @ 10:39 AM

Colin Trevorrow is still a long way’s away from starting shooting on “Star Wars: Episode IX,” but he says that a scene for his film was already shot by Rian Johnson during filming of the next entry in the galactic saga, “The Last Jedi.”

In an interview with MTV for his latest movie, “The Book of Henry,” Trevorrow said he asked Johnson to film a certain scene for “Episode IX,” though whether this was for creative or logistical reasons was unclear.

“There was one little thing. It wasn’t an adjustment, it was just, ‘Could you shoot this one extra thing while you’re in this place on this day?’ And he did, which was great. But, it’s part of the collaborative process that exists — everyone is in communication,'” Trevorrow said.

This isn’t the first time there’s been collaboration between directors on this new “Star Wars” trilogy. While filming “The Force Awakens,” director J.J. Abrams was asked by Johnson to make a change in the film’s ending to help set up “The Last Jedi.” In the original screenplay, BB-8 travels with Rey to help find Luke Skywalker, but per Johnson’s request, Abrams sent R2-D2 with Rey instead.

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This way, Johnson would be able to have R2 reunite with his old X-Wing companion as he trains Rey, while BB-8 would spend time with the series new flying ace, Poe Dameron.

“The big [favor] was, I asked if R2 could come with Rey, and if BB-8 could stay behind with the Resistance,” Johnson told Entertainment Weekly. “Originally it was BB-8 who went with Rey, which makes sense for the story in a way. But I asked, ‘Can you do me this solid and switch the droids?'”

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” arrives in theaters December 15. “Episode IX” is slated for release May 24, 2019.