When this new Star Wars trilogy concludes with Star Wars: Episode IX, it’ll do so in grand fashion. Despite the fact that most blockbusters nowadays are shot on digital, director J.J. Abrams made the decision to shoot Star Wars: The Force Awakens on 35mm film. It was a bold choice, and one that reinforced the idea that digital is not ubiquitous—filmmakers should be able to maintain the option of shooting on film. For Episode VIII, director Rian Johnson followed suit, shooting on 35mm film to keep the aesthetic in line with Abrams’ choice. But when Episode IX rolls around, there will be a change.
Kodak (via The Playlist) just announced that their film processing facility in the U.K. can now handle 65mm film, and one of the projects that’s listed as using this large-format film is none other than director Colin Trevorrow’s Episode IX. Indeed, it appears that the intention with this trilogy-capping installment is to shoot the entire thing on 65mm film, which is akin to IMAX.