“The calm before the galactic storm…” – Is Disney teasing a huge Star Wars 9 reveal?

Look, I don’t want to get your hopes up or anything (that’s a lie) but it’s probably time that you began preparing for a mind-melting bit of Star Wars news. It’s already been a pretty great week for fans of a Galaxy Far, Far Away with director J.J. Abrams releasing this incredibly heart-wrenching set photo (opens in new tab) following the final day of filming on the currently untitled Star Wars Episode 9 (opens in new tab). That’s enough, right? Wrong. Apparently, the staff behind the official UK Star Wars Twitter page has decided that now is the best time to start teasing what it calls, “The calm before the galactic storm…” 

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“This is where the fun begins” the tease continues as it seems to draw a parallel between Harrison Ford's Han Solo and Hayden Christensen's Anakin Skywalker that I'm definitely not okay with. So, what could this mean? Is it out of the realms of possibility that Disney is preparing to drop the first trailer for Episode 9? It’s certainly possible, but it seems unlikely. 

We don’t even know the name of the film yet – Disney wouldn’t rob itself of an extra opportunity to break the Internet. Besides, the longer it makes us wait to see anything of J.J. Abrams’ end to the new trilogy simply gives us more time to posit Star Wars theories (opens in new tab) for Episode 9. With Rey, Finn, Poe, Kylo Ren, and the rest of the crew all looking to wrap up their conflicting story arcs in Star Wars 9 you better believe that there's plenty of fan theories to dig through in the meantime. 

Thinking back, the title of Star Wars: The Last Jedi (opens in new tab) was revealed back in January 2017, so there is a precedent set for Disney revealing this information to the public so early in the year. Hell, the trailer followed that reveal three months later, in mid-April. If I were a betting man, I’d put my money on a title announcement coming early-March, although that information is based on little more than my desperate desire to know what it is. I’m only human, Disney – don’t hurt me like this! 

Star Wars 9 will be released in UK cinemas on 19 December and in the US on the 20 December. But if you can’t wait you could always catch up on previous films in the saga by finding out how to watch Star Wars movies online (opens in new tab).

Interested in what comes after Star Wars 9? Disney has a load of new Star Wars movies (opens in new tab) in production and you can check them out right here. 

Josh West
UK Managing Editor, GamesRadar+

Josh West is the UK Managing Editor of GamesRadar+. He has over 10 years experience in online and print journalism, and holds a BA (Hons) in Journalism and Feature Writing. Prior to starting his current position, Josh has served as GR+'s Features Editor and Deputy Editor of games™ magazine, and has freelanced for numerous publications including 3D Artist, Edge magazine, iCreate, Metal Hammer, Play, Retro Gamer, and SFX. Additionally, he has appeared on the BBC and ITV to provide expert comment, written for Scholastic books, edited a book for Hachette, and worked as the Assistant Producer of the Future Games Show. In his spare time, Josh likes to play bass guitar and video games. Years ago, he was in a few movies and TV shows that you've definitely seen but will never be able to spot him in.