The film’s official title is The Rise of Skywalker and is slated for release on December 20. Disney CEO Bob Iger had confirmed earlier that this movie ends the Skywalker saga and there will be a hiatus in Star Wars film production.
After revealing the Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker poster and watching the trailer with thousands of Star Wars fans, I teared up. Even I was surprised at my reaction.
My favorite quote from The Rise of Skywalker trailer? “No one’s ever really gone.” The bad news? Palpatine, Ian McDiarmid’s cruel villain, is back.
Star Wars: Episode IX panel
Star Wars chief Kathleen Kennedy and writer/director JJ Abrams led a star-studded panel that was cloaked in the utmost secrecy. We saw Naomie Ackie’s new character Jana, met BB-8’s new friend D-0 (dee-oh), and hung on to Daisy Ridley’s every word, especially when she said that Luke’s lightsaber lives. John Boyega said Finn is single and ready to mingle, while Oscar Isaac did a major shoutout to Latinos everywhere, who call Star Wars “estar güars”.
JJ Abrams confirmed Carrie Fisher and Princess Leia play an important role in Episode 9, thanks to previously unused footage.
Watch the entire panel over at the Star Wars YouTube channel.
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