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Star Wars Episode IX release date confirmed as John Boyega starts countdown

Only 532 days to go!
(Picture: Instagram)

John Boyega has revealed that Star Wars: Episode IX is being released on 19 December 2019.

The British actor made the announcement via a countdown on his Instagram, that simply read: 532 days, 11 hours, 56 minutes, 58 seconds until IX.

Episode IXs name is still yet to be revealed, and will be the follow-up to 2017s The Last Jedi.

So far, we know little about what to expect from the movie (no spoilers, movie buffs), but there are certainly some surprises in store.

Star Wars Episode IX release date confirmed as John Boyega starts countdown

Reys journey is far from over as she goes head-to-head with Kylo Ren (Picture: Lucasfilm)

Ewan McGregor, who plays Obi-Wan Kenobi in the three prequels to the saga, has made no secret of his desire to return to his Jedi robes for another round with his lightsaber.

However, the spin-off specials of the series, which includes this years Solo: A Star Wars Story, have been put on hold following the lack of success from the space mavericks origin.

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The recent release of Solo: A Star Wars Story became the franchises first damp squib at the box office, taking $84.4 million (£63m) on opening weekend and $192.8 million (£146m) over a month.

While that sounds impressive, it was noticeably less than Rogue Ones opening of $155 million (£117) and $424 million domestic (£322m) by its fourth week.

Film : "Star Wars: The Last Jedi." (2017) Kelly Marie Tran, left, and John Boyega

John has spoken out to defend co-star Kelly Marie Tran from vicious trolls online (Picture: AP)

Fans of the series have also been vocal about their dislike of the casting of female characters within the series, causing stars including John Boyega and Mark Hamill to come to their defence.

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After Kelly Marie Tran deleted her social media following being attacked online, John in particular had a message for rude fans of the franchise.

The actor – who played Stormtrooper Finn – tweeted: If you dont like Star Wars or the characters understand that there are decisions makers and harassing the actors/ actresses will do nothing. Youre not entitled to politeness when your approach is rude. Even if you paid for a ticket!

To the majority of Star Wars fans thank you for supporting and putting yourselves in our shoes. You understand that there is a process so much appreciated ! (sic)

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After the 26-year-old sent out the blast, castmate Mark Hamill, AKA Luke Skywalker, warned him to be aware of the aftermath as he might be met with the wrath of fans.

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Hamill tweeted Boyega: Be careful there son- the last time I let a fan put themself in my shoes, they just took off running & sold them on Ebay.

Boyega quipped: Dont worry dad ! I got spares!

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