As days fall off the calendar without a title or footage from Star Wars: Episode IX, fans are growing more hungry for information by the day. I have some information in regards to the first trailer for Episode IX, that may not be a surprise to many fans, but at this point is the plan for its debut. Rumors of an Episode IX trailer arrival have been swirling since last year but now we’ve heard the first trailer for Star Wars: Episode IX is currently scheduled to debut in April and will also be attached to Avengers: Endgame in theaters.
Note that neither Disney nor Lucasfilm have announced this, but with that said, this information comes from a very credible source who has told me things that turned out to be on the mark in the past so take this however you would like.
They stopped short of saying the trailer will make its first appearance at Star Wars Celebration, but I will make an educated guess that is when we will first see it. I believe the clip will be streamed simultaneously with its showing at the Episode IX panel, live on YouTube via the Star Wars channel.
The panel schedule for Celebration is not out yet, but if Celebration 2017 in Orlando can be used as a frame of reference, the panel for Episode IX could take place Friday morning, April 12th. That is a guess on my part, but for maximum press coverage and talent appearance purposes, events like Celebration try their best to get the heavy-lifting panels done before the weekend.
Please keep in mind, Disney has threatened to make last minute changes in the past, notably the trailer for The Last Jedi that Mark Hamill spilled the beans on, and I know for a fact that Good Morning America took a lot of heat from Disney for accidentally revealing that the full teaser for Solo would premiere on the show the day after the Super Bowl on their website’s schedule – way earlier than Disney wanted them to.
Disney/Abrams and company could call an audible and change this schedule at any time, it’s their property to do with what they wish – but as it is currently set up right now, the first trailer for Star Wars: Episode IX will premiere in April, and I am guessing that will be at Star Wars Celebration Chicago.
This next bit will come as a surprise to no one, but I also learned that the trailer will be attached in theaters to Avengers: Endgame so fans can watch it on the big screen when Endgame opens on April 26th. The trailer will also have a permanent residence online of course, so us obsessed fans can pause, slice, and dice it looking for every clue possible (you know we’re all going to do that, let’s not lie to ourselves).
We are still waiting for a title reveal for the movie, and I asked my source if they knew if Disney/Abrams had any video in mind for that, and they didn’t know, but as far as the trailer itself goes, it’s April. Now this is a guess on my part, but I personally believe we will learn the title of the movie before Celebration, so they can sell merchandise leading-up-to and at Celebration prior to the panel.
I know many of us assumed the trailer would premiere in April, and I can already imagine some of your comments below saying “breaking news: water is wet”, I get it. But, considering the amount of crazy rumors whipping around the internet about upcoming Star Wars projects, isn’t it nice to get some solid information on things? If I receive any more details on this including any potential changes to the plan, I will keep you posted! I know April is far away but (at least for now) this is the end of the episodic Star Wars films, so let’s try to sit back and enjoy the final ride.