The photo, released on Wednesday, features the director's camera pointing at a blurry scene which appears to contain star John Boyega as Finn and Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca sitting in the cockpit of a spaceship.
The actors are joined by a mysterious pilot, with the camera covering their face.
"Bittersweet starting this next chapter without Carrie, but thanks to an extraordinary cast and crew, we are ready to go. Grateful for @rianjohnson and special thanks to George Lucas for creating this incredible world and beginning a story of which we are lucky to be a part. #IX," Abrams said, referencing the death of star Carrie Fisher, "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" director Rian Johnson and series creator George Lucas.
Fisher will still be making an appearance in "Episode IX" through the use of unseen footage Abrams shot while filming "The Force Awakens."
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