First Star Wars: Episode 9 Image Released From Set As Production Begins

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This first "on-set" photo suggests that Abrams is going to continue his annoying habit of sharing exclusive set photos that reveal absolutely nothing - exactly as he did during The Force Awakens.

After helming 2015's Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Abrams is taking over from Star Wars: The Last Jedi's Rian Johnson for the now untitled Episode IX. Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill will also appear in the movie, alongside Billy Dee Williams as Lando Calrissian.

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Director J.J. Abrams shared an image and message on Twitter Wednesday that celebrated the first day of production for the ninth "Star Wars" film. A final tribute was aimed at George Lucas, who Abrams thanked for "creating this incredible world and beginning a story of which we are lucky to be a part".

Welcoming co-star Naomi Ackie (who plays an as-of-yet unknown character) to the Star Wars-verse, Boyega gave a big hug while showing off some tresses a little longer than Finn's usual crew cut.

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Abrams' words echo the feelings of Star Wars fandom as everyone questions how he can bring Fisher's iconic role as Leia Organa to an end.

Don't expect the "Star Wars: Episode IX" news to slow down anytime soon.

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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.

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