Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Disney’s 2019 D23 Expo has proven to be a goldmine of information for Star Wars fans. Not only did we get treated to a teaser jam-packed with new footage from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, director J.J. Abrams and his cast were all there to tease new plot details from the upcoming film. Star Daisy Ridley was especially chatty, revealing a few Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker plot details about the return of a big villain, and the possible introduction of a new one.

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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Every Star Wars film – yes, even the Star Wars Holiday Special – has been leading to this moment. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will usher in the end of the Skywalker Saga, concluding what George Lucas started in 1977. The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams returns to close things out, with new generation stars Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega and Oscar Isaac all bringing their characters’ stories to a close. Also back: the late Carrie Fisher, who will appear here through unused footage from the previous two Star Wars films.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker footage was revealed at D23, and our own Peter Sciretta was there. Needless to say, what they showed to the audience was pretty mind-blowing. Here’s what you need to know.

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Colin Trevorrow Galaxy's Edge

A long time ago in a galaxy very, very close, Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow was hired to direct Star Wars: Episode 9. That was back in 2015, and though he’d developed a pitch for the film that moved star Daisy Ridley to tears, he eventually left the project. Most reports indicate that Trevorrow’s vision for the movie didn’t align with that of Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, and since she has the final say on all things Star Wars, they parted ways.

Still, working on Episode 9 – even for a limited time – had its perks. One of them included getting to help design a spaceship for his planed version of the movie that would end up in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, and in a new interview, Trevorrow confirmed that even though his vision for the film turned to dust when he left Lucasfilm, at least one element of it will remain in the theme park for the foreseeable future.
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With the Star Wars films constantly changing hands from director to director, it’s difficult for some filmmakers to be beholden to fan expectations.

J.J. Abrams, who returns to direct Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker after introducing the sci-fi franchise to a new generation with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, is feeling that pressure, especially on the heels of the rule-breaking, fandom-dividing film that was Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi. And while some are concerned that he may fall back on the rosy nostalgia that made The Force Awakens such a mammoth success, Abrams hints that he might be going rogue with the final film in the Skywalker Saga.

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Update: The original source claiming that Kylo Ren was fighting the Knights of Ren and that Allegiant General Pryde is Hux’s father has changed.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is the end of an era. But fittingly, the ninth and final film in the Skywalker Saga is bringing things full circle. While new characters, both allies and enemies, will be introduced in the highly anticipated new Star Wars film directed by J.J. AbramsEpisode 9 will have more than a few familiar elements that offer some kind of poetic symmetry.

An extensive report from Vanity Fair reveals a slew of new Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker photos along with new details about new characters played by Keri Russell, Richard E. Grant, Naomi Ackie, as well as a few familiar faces that will be back. And just like it all started, we’re ending it on a desert planet. Read More »

Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker

It hasn’t even been one week since we saw the first teaser trailer for Star Wars: Episode 9, which revealed the perplexing and exciting title of The Rise of Skywalker. Since then, fans have been abuzz with theories about what the title means, but they’ve also been wondering just how this chapter will end the Skywalker saga, especially considering that shocking, menacing laugh from the end of the teaser trailer.

Unfortunately, director J.J. Abrams isn’t being too forthcoming with details, but as we sparse through various interviews conducted during Star Wars Celebration, there are some nuggets of hints to be found. The same can be said for interviews with Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy. Find out what Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker details come out of these conversations below. Read More »

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Trailer Easter Eggs and more

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, take a look at some hidden details and Easter eggs you might have missed in the teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Plus, watch the interviews that followed the The Rise of Skywalker panel from Star Wars Celebration, as well as the full panel itself, just in case you missed it on Friday before the weekend. Read More »

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When the Star Wars Episode 9 teaser trailer premiered this morning revealing the title of the film to be Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, many fans began to speculate who it referenced or what it meant. Director JJ Abrams gave an interview following the reveal and assures fans that it’s “the right title for this movie” and vaguely hints at why. He also mentions that he met with George Lucas before filming began and seems to (if you read between the lines) provide an explanation for Emperor Palpatine’s return. Find out why, after the jump.

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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

While appearing on the Star Wars Celebration live feed, John Boyega gave some hints at what we can expect in JJ Abrams’ Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. It seems we can expect to get more answers and clarity and also more interactions between our fan favorite characters.

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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

This is /Film editor in chief Peter Sciretta and joining me are managing editor Jacob Hall, and writers Hoai-Tran Bui and Chris Evangelista to talk about Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. We talk about the newly announced title for Star Wars Episode 9, the revelations from the presentation at Star Wars Celebration, our reaction and breakdown of the trailer, our concerns on the teased Palpatine reveal and speculation on the title and much more. Join us and geek out about Star Wars!

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