Star Wars is going back to Yavin… sort of.
In typical fashion, Disney execs and J.J. Abrams remain their usual, tight-lipped selves when it comes to production details for Star Wars: Episode IX, the final act of the sequel trilogy that began with Abrams’s The Force Awakens in 2015. Thanks to a gentleman by the name of Trevor Monk, however, we can confirm one detail: the British airship historian has informed Star Wars News Net that filming will definitely take place at the Cardington Airship Sheds located in Bedforshire.
North of London and west of Cambridge, the filming location will fittingly round out its own trilogy with the Star Wars franchise: it previously served as the home of the Rebel Alliance on Yavin IV in both Episode IV and Rogue One.
Despite the obvious nostalgia in filming at the location, however, the fact J.J. Abrams is bringing his production back to Cardington does not necessarily mean that the Resistance will return to its roots within the Massassi Temple on Yavin IV, for a couple of reasons.
First and foremost, from a practical perspective, the location is ideal for filming of any nature. The space itself is extremely versatile and can be configured in an infinite number of ways. (In addition to Star Wars, other blockbusters such as The Dark Night and, more recently, Justice League, filmed in the Airship Sheds as well.) On that basis alone, the Airship Sheds could be used for any number of possible Star Wars universe locations, not specifically Yavin IV.
Perhaps, more obviously: in the films the Empire drove the Rebel Alliance off of Yavin IV following the Death Star’s destruction, forcing them to relocate to Echo Base on the frigid planet of Hoth. If Massassi Outpost wasn’t already obliterated, the First Order certainly knows where it is.
As Episode IX wraps up an epic, triple-trilogy saga, fans will be anxious to see whatever Abrams has in store for the filming location.
Star Wars: Episode IX begins production soon, and is slated for a December 2019 release.