John Boyega (Finn) gets a new look as filming begins on Star Wars: Episode IX

If you weren’t keeping track, there are 505 days remaining until the worldwide premiere of Star Wars: Episode IX. Game of Thrones fans can relate to long wait for the final installment in a franchise. According to StarWars.com, today marks the first day of filming on the movie.

And apparently, a new movie means a new look for star John Boyega (Finn), at least if his Instagram is any indication. Below, the actor rocks longer hair as he hugs it out with Star Wars newbie Naomi Ackie, whose role has yet to be revealed:

That’s different from the more closely cropped hair Finn’s been rocking for the past two features:

It also looks like Boyega’s been bulking up for Episode IX, per images from his Instagram Stories:

Director J.J. Abrams took to his personal Twitter and Instagram accounts and posted a shot of Boyega and Daisy Ridley (Rey) in the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon, although the shot is dominated by a camera. He also included a heartfelt message about the beginning of the end.

Bittersweet starting this next chapter without Carrie, but thanks to an extraordinary cast and crew, we are ready to go. Grateful to Rian Johnson and special thanks to George Lucas for creating this incredible world and beginning a story of which we are lucky to be a part.

This is the first thing Abrams has ever posted on either his Instagram or Twitter accounts. Abrams is returning to the series to close out the sequel trilogy he started when he directed Episode VII — The Force Awakens, although during that production, he chronicled the filming through the Twitter account of his production company, Bad RobotRian Johnson, who directed Episode VIII — The Last Jedi, kept the public in the loop through his own personal social media accounts, and it looks like Abrams is following suit.

In other Star Wars news, London’s Prop Store is hosting an Entertainment Memorabilia Auction on September 20, and one of the items is the jacket worn by Harison Ford (Han Solo) in The Empire Strikes Back.  According to SyFy Wire, the jacket could possibly sell for an astronomical $1.3 million! For that money, they better throw in the Millenium Falcon and Chewbacca, at least.

Next: Carrie Fisher will return in Star Wars: Episode IX, and she won’t be alone

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