Nine episodes into cinema’s greatest space saga, the characters are starting to feel like our extended family, whether it be faces old and new.
You should already know Luke Skywalker, the noble Jedi Knight who’s been the figurehead of the saga since 1977’s A New Hope. But if you’re taking your family and friends to The Rise of Skywalker at ODEON Cinemas this Christmas, make sure you’re familiar with the rest.
There is a Spoiler Alert in this article referencing previous entries to the Star Wars Saga!
Life was so much simpler when Rey was a starving scavenger on the desert planet Jakku. Since The Force Awakens, the Resistance hero might have discovered her potent Jedi powers, but we’re getting a bad feeling from her red lightsaber and Sith cloak in the Rise of Skywalker trailer. Is she the latest great hope to turn to the dark side?
From the hair buns of the original saga, to the hardened Resistance General of The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, Carrie Fisher’s Leia has been an inspirational cinema icon for four decades.
Fisher herself sadly died in 2016, but director J.J. Abrams had enough archive footage to bring her back for Skywalker.
Once a reluctant Stormtrooper, now a Resistance soldier. Finn has evolved from deserter to hero in the past two movies.
With The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi sending Finn on missions as an infiltrator/saboteur, perhaps The Rise of Skywalker will see Finn at odds against the First Order’s General Pryde (Richard E. Grant)?
A new face has joined the Star Wars family in the form of Jannah played by Naomi Ackie. Disney have been tight-lipped on who she is and what side she's on but images released have shown a team up with Finn.
Either way, there can’t be a fan who isn’t buzzing off the actress’s Instagram photo of her shooting a bow while riding an orbak!
This Resistance pair are poles apart, with alpha fighter ace Poe Dameron willing to take risks to see the mission through, and C-3PO constantly voicing his concerns.
With Leia passing on valuable lessons to Poe in The Last Jedi, it remains to be seen if Poe will step up to lead the Resistance to victory against the First Order.
Fiercely loyal to his master, Poe Dameron, this Resistance droid has stolen the screen in every scene he's been in.
In The Force Awakens, BB-8 stopped a vital map from falling into Kylo Ren’s hands, before The Last Jedi saw him help Finn and Rose escape the Canto Bight casino. Expect more wordless heroics in Skywalker.
No Han? No problem. Lando is a space scoundrel in the same mould, with a shady history of gambling, double-crossing and wheeler-dealering his way across the galaxy.
If you discount his origin story in the Solo spin-off, we haven’t seen Williams’ character since 1983’s Return Of The Jedi (an interval of 36 years). But he’s still got the twinkle – and hopefully the aviation chops to handle his former ship, the Millennium Falcon.
Born on Kashyyyk and busted out of Imperial prison by Han, this noble Wookiee warrior spent the early saga as the Millennium Falcon’s co-pilot and battle chess champion, helping his captain move dodgy goods in the galaxy’s shonkiest spaceship.
But since Solo was killed in The Force Awakens, Chewie has become the new captain of the Millenium Falcon.
Trained at Luke Skywalker’s Jedi academy – but expelled for his inherent evil – Leia and Han’s wayward son and the First Order’s commander has always teetered along the tightrope between Light and Dark, flanked by General Hux (Domhnall Gleeson).
We’ve watched Ren duel with Rey in the Skywalker trailer, but as he once promised to the cracked helmet he keeps in private, will he finally “finish what Darth Vader started”?
First appearing in the Force Awakens, Hux has represented the militaristic side of the First Order. Under the leadership of Supreme Leader Snoke in the previous movies, Kylo Ren and Hux would often engage in a rivalry for Snoke's favour.
Since Kylo Ren has taken control of the First Order and killing Snoke in the events of the Last Jedi thus over lording Hux, it remains to be seen if the dynamic between Hux and Kylo has changed or remained the same in Rise of Skywalker.
Another new addition to the Star Wars Saga, not much is known of General Pryde other than his name. Richard E. Grant had revealed on the Graham Norton Show earlier this year that not even his family would know what role he would be playing.
Given Grant's ability to steal the screen as an enticing villain, it remains to be seen if he would be another formidable foe against the Resistance.
We still don't know what really happened to the Jedi Master in the Rise of Skywalker - it is shown he became One with the Force, but did he really?
Will he once again display never-before-seen force powers again or will he appear in the same manner as Ben Kenobi did to him in the Original Trilogy, teaching Rey her final lessons as a Force Ghost?
With the confirmation of his return in the recent Rise of Skywalker Poster, it's fitting that the Sith Lord would once again appear for the final entry to the Saga. Emperor Sheev Palpatine was always the force behind the events of the Clone Wars and the Rise of the Empire in the Prequel and Original Trilogies thus raising questions as to what role he plays in the Rise of Skywalker.