Star Wars fans have been very clear about one thing above all others.
Whether they loved The Last Jedi or are part of the angry backlash, they want more classic characters and links to the prequel and original trilogies.
JJ Abrams has already committed to that and has promised to “restore” the vision of The Force Awakens.
Exciting new reports from the UK sets might have just revealed the best news possible. Could this be how the entire saga ends?
According to the leak, an immense set is being constructed in the hangars at RAF Cardington Sheds which links in with reports from two months ago about filming schedules for a certain famous volcano in Italy.
The leaks said: “A huge potential spoiler Episode 9 could very well connect to Rogue One A Star Wars Story, specifically to Darth Vader and a beloved planet in the Star Wars franchise.
“It was previously reported they are looking to shoot over Mount Etna for for some helicopter shot sequences. We’re not sure specifically but it looks like they’re trying to get Mustafa back for Episode 9.”
Mustafar means Darth Vader, it means that iconic castle and that ultimate lightsaber duel between Anakin and Obi-Wan – but what sepcifically does it mean for Episode 9?
The leak adds: “Over at Cardington a large castle-like set piece is under construction and said to be used for the Mount Etna sequence. The structure appears to be the Vader castle but it’s still too early to say. It appears that just the base of this castle is being constructed.”
It should be remembered that Mount Etna was used for footage for the Mustafa scene in Episode 3, Revenge of the Sith.
This throws up some huge possibilities.
Kylo Ren’s obsession with his grandfather would lead him to the stronghold on Mustafa but what could he be seeking there and who else might follow him there for one last confrontation?
We only saw the grand entrance and Vader’s chamber before. What else lies inside that iconic building? Is Ren hunting for Sith artefacts or powerful or significant family heirlooms?
Scenes set on Mustafa would also provide an incredible opportunity for a grand climax to mirror Epsiode 3.
Last time Obi-wan Kenobia nd Anakin fought on the lava slopes on Mustafa. This time just imagine if Anakin’s grandson had an epic lightsaber with. for example, Obi-wan Kenobi’s granddaughter?
Obviously these are still early leaks and reporst and noting will be known until December 2019, but suddenly we are staring to get very excited.