No one's ever really gone... Rey's journey continues and the Skywalker saga concludes in 'Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker', coming at ODEON in December 2019. Here we explore all the information we know so far...
The next instalment of the Star Wars saga will be released in UK cinemas on 19thDecember 2019, returning to the modern films’ traditional Christmas release.
It’s fair to say that Star Wars Episode IX is one of the most anticipated film not only this year but in cinema history, with the story set to cap off the Skywalker saga after decades of onscreen entertainment.
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Some time has passed between Star Wars: The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker. Director J.J. Abrams confirmed that movie doesn’t pick up right were Episode VIII left off.
The plot of the film is currently a mystery, though the trailer appears to hint at a mission to the destroyed Second Death Star for Rey, Finn, Poe and their friends, the proper debut of villains the Knights of Ren and a new droid pal for BB-8...
What Rise of Skywlaker means it quite another mystery too. In The Last Jedi Kylo Ren told Rey that her parents were nothing more than “filthy junk traders who sold you off for drinking money”.
Does that mean therefore that the ‘Skywalker’ rising in the title is Kylo (pictured) himself? After all, he is a Skywalker... Or is The Rise of Skywalker set to reveal that Rey is a Skywalker after all? Or are we seeing Luke Skywalker coming back ?
Daisy Ridley (Rey), Oscar Isaac (Poe), John Boyega (Finn), Adam Driver (Kylo ren) , Kelly Marie Tran (Rose) , Domnhall Gleeson(General Hux) and Lupita Nyong’o (Maz Kanata) are all confirmed to return for the final film.
Joining the cast for their first Star Wars experience are Naomi Ackie, Richard E. Grant, and Keri Russell.
In addition, veteran Star Wars actors returning include Bille Dee Williams as Lando, appearing in the new trilogy for the first time after Return of the Jedi, Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) and Anthony Daniels (C-3PO).
Though Carrie Fisher passed away following work on The Last Jedi, she is featured in The Rise of Skywalker thanks to unused footage from The Force Awakens. And most importantly, Princess Leia's presence in the film will be especially meaningful...
As far as what the trailer reveales, Mark Hamill/Luke Skywalker provides the preview’s evocative voice-over, while footage of Carrie Fisher as General Leia Organa tuggs at fans’ heartstrings. We see Billy Dee Williams as the elder Lando Calrissian looked as dapper as ever sitting in the Millennium Falcon’s cockpit. So far, all of this is pure Star Wars legacy.
Bu the trailer’s biggest surprise comes at the very end when a maniacal laugh takes over the soundtrack. That cackle belongs to none other than former Emperor Palpatine, who (supposedly) died at the end of Star Wars: Episode VI — Return of the Jedi. Just in case there was any confusion, Palpatine actor Ian McDiarmid confirmed he will be returning in Rise of Skywalker.