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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star wars the rise of skywalker

Lucasfilm debuted the first trailer for Star Wars: Episode 9 at Star Wars Celebration in Chicago this Friday, and with that, the official title of the final film in the Skywalker Saga. The title Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker at first seems like an appropriate bookend for a franchise that started with a young farmboy 40 years ago (and plays into director J.J. Abrams fascination with synonyms for “get up”). But that title also raises a lot of questions for the plot Episode 9 that may retcon some answers about Rey (Daisy Ridley) already established in 2017’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Or perhaps it could suggest a promising new arc for our trilogy villain, Kylo Ren (Adam Driver).

Whatever the case, this title, and the trailer accompanying it, has raised several Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker title theories. Let’s dive in.

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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker deathstar

The teaser trailer for Star Wars: Episode 9 – The Rise of Skywalker hit today, and in typical J.J. Abrams fashion, it presented us with a bunch of questions. The one I want to talk right now is the location we see at the end of the trailer. We see what appears to be the Death Star, last seen in Return of the Jedi, now crashed on some planet.  Of course, fans are probably wondering how this can exist since we saw the second Death Star destroyed by the Rebellion in the Battle of Endor. Let’s attempt to answer this question below.

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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker speculation, and therefore possible spoilers, lie ahead.

In the newly released trailer for The Rise of Skywalker, we hear a familiar laugh. Sheev Palpatine. And was that the second Death Star? How could something like this happen? How is this even possible?

Well, we’ve compiled all the scenarios, from least likely to most likely, just so you have the analysis you need.

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Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker Celebration Panel

Star Wars Celebration kicked off in Chicago today with a panel dedicated to what looks to be one of the biggest blockbuster events of all time: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (the title was revealed alongside the trailer at the end of the panel). Director J.J. Abrams and members of his cast, including returning favorites and newcomers, took the stage to share new details about the ninth and final chapter in the “Skywalker Saga.”

Here’s what we learned about this mysterious film, which has to not only close out the sequel trilogy, but cap off over 40 years of storytelling.

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star wars the rise of skywalker teaser poster

Lucasfilm and director J.J. Abrams revealed the first look at the Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker teaser poster at Star Wars Celebration in Chicago Friday. The teaser poster gives us a peek at the highly anticipated third installment of the Star Wars sequel trilogy and the last film in the Skywalker Saga.

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Star Wars the Rise of Skywalker trailer

If directing Star Wars movies were like a relay race, J.J. Abrams directed 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens and then passed the baton off to Rian Johnson, leaving Abrams justifiably winded after pulling off an incredibly difficult feat. Johnson went on to direct what is arguably the best Star Wars movie ever with The Last Jedi, but let’s put that aside for the time being. If we continue this metaphor, Abrams was breathing heavily with his hands on his knees, looked up at Johnson running the race in front of him, and thought to himself, “Wait a second…I want to be the one to take this across the finish line.”

So he’s back in the cockpit for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and Disney and Lucasfilm have released the first teaser trailer straight from Star Wars Celebration. So watch it right now. Read More »

Very little is known about the plot of Star Wars: Episode 9, the third installment of the Star Wars sequel trilogy and the final installment of the Skywalker saga. But despite the veil of secrecy that has shrouded the production, we have at last learned one thing: the title.

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi was divisive for some fans of the sci-fi saga. While some saw it as an innovative and exciting leap forward for the franchise with compelling character arcs, others thought it misused legacy characters and went in a drastically different direction than they hoped. Therefore, director J.J. Abrams has some heavy lifting to do when it comes to wrapping things up with Star Wars Episode 9. Thankfully, he accepted the task through a giant leap of faith, and brought with him some lessons that he learned from making Lost on a truncated timetable. Read More »