'Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker' Featurette: The Cast Celebrates Friendship Across The Generations

Prepare to get emotional over Star Wars again. Lucasfilm and Disney have released a new Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker featurette to remind us that this is the end of an era — not just for the Skywalker Saga, but for the cast and crew who have been staples of this franchise for over 40 years. The new featurette gives the spotlight to the cast, old and new, who have formed friendships that have transcended the years and generations. Watch the Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker featurette below.

Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker Featurette

"Star Wars. It means family," Daisy Ridley says in the featurette. "The emotion of it all, making a film with people that you really love. And this is the last one, like it's crazy."

Sure this featurette is a blatant attempt to tug at our nostalgic heartstrings, but boy is it working. The clip cuts between behind-the-scenes footage of from the original films and from the making of the upcoming The Rise of Skywalker, showing us the old trio and new trio side-by-side. The featurette transitions seamlessly to a clip from the making of A New Hope, with Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fisher laughing behind the scenes, to Ridley, John Boyega, and Oscar Isaac goofing around on the set of The Rise of Skywalker.

"The dynamic between those three is capturing some of that spirit of the original films," Isaac notes. It's a dynamic between Rey, Finn, and Poe Dameron that we'll get to see onscreen for the first time, as the new trilogy trio never shared an adventure in The Force Awakens or The Last Jedi. But it will be the first and last time, as this featurette emotionally reminds us.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker arrives in theaters on December 20, 2019.

Lucasfilm and director J.J. Abrams join forces once again to take viewers on an epic journey to a galaxy far, far away with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the riveting conclusion of the seminal Skywalker saga, where new legends will be born and the final battle for freedom is yet to come.

The film stars Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Anthony Daniels, Naomi Ackie, Domhnall Gleeson, Richard E. Grant, Lupita Nyong'o, Keri Russell, Joonas Suotamo, Kelly Marie Tran, with Ian McDiarmid and Billy Dee Williams.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is directed by J.J. Abrams and produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Abrams and Michelle Rejwan. Callum Greene, Tommy Gormley and Jason McGatlin serve as executive producers. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker was written by J.J. Abrams & Chris Terrio.