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STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER Everything We Know So Far UPDATE

It's our continually updating round-up of all the information we have so far about Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker.




Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker, the ninth and final movie in the Skywalker saga, is currently in post-production. This page is dedicated to everything we know so far. Anything that is fact will be presented in regular type, anything that's rumoured but looking likely will be written in italics. You'll find links throughout to original/external news stories and articles containing further information, where available.

You may want to bookmark this page and check back often as we'll keep updating it with all the new information for Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker as and when we get it, right up to when the film debuts.

Be warned there could be potential SPOILERS throughout.

So without further ado, let's get on with it.

Release Date
Star Wars: the Rise Of Skywalker is set to be released in the United States on December 20th 2019, and one day earlier in the United Kingdom. As of now several countries in central Europe will be the first to see the film, with France, Belgium, The Netherlands and Italy all having release dates of December 18th 2019.


Cast
  • Daisy Ridley as Rey
  • Adam Driver as Kylo Ren
  • John Boyega as Finn
  • Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron
  • Lupita Nyong'o as Maz Kanata
  • Domhnall Gleeson as Hux
  • Kelly Marie Tran as Rose Tico
  • Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca
  • Billie Lourd as Lieutenant Connix
  • Naomi Ackie as Jannah
  • Richard E. Grant as Allegiant General Pryde
  • Keri Russell as Zorri Bliss
  • Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker
  • Anthony Daniels as C-3PO
  • Billy Dee Williams as Lando Calrissian
  • Carrie Fisher as Leia Organa (who will appear in unseen footage from The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi)
  • Ian McDiarmid as Palpatine / Darth Sidious
  • Brian Herring as the puppeteer of BB-8
  • Jimmy Vee as R2-D2
  • Greg Grunberg as Temmin "Snap" Wexley
Additionally, Dominic Monaghan has been cast in an, as yet, undisclosed role.

Matt Smith is rumoured to also have been cast in an unknown role, but no confirmation has come either way.


Development
In June 2014 it was announced that Rian Johnson, writer and director of The Last Jedi, would write a story treatment for Star Wars Episode IX, but two months later Colin Trevorrow was announced as the director of the film and that he was writing the script with frequent collaborator Derek Connolly.

In February 2016, Disney chief executive officer Bob Iger confirmed that pre-production on Episode IX had begun.

In April 2017, Disney announced that the film would be released on May 24, 2019. A month later, it was announced that filming was expected to begin in January 2018, but this was later pushed back to August 2018.

In August 2017, it was announced that Jack Thorne would rewrite the script. Then on September 5th 2017 Lucasfilm stated that Colin Trevorrow had left the production following creative differences. The Hollywood Reporter stated that his working relationship with Kathleen Kennedy had become unmanageable after failing to deliver a satisfactory script, despite writing several drafts.

Director
Rian Johnson was rumored as the top choice to replace Trevorrow as director, but on September 6th 2017 it was announced that J. J. Abrams, the director of The Force Awakens, would return to direct Star Wars 9, and that the film's release date would be moved to December 2019

Writers
J.J. Abrams has co-written the screenplay with Chris Terrio. The story team met with George Lucas before they began writing the new script, and a recent interview with Daisy Ridley claimed that much of the story was re-writtenj during filming.

Filming
Before filming began, Episode IX was initially given the working title Black Diamond. Principal photography began on August 1st 2018 at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire, England, under the working title of Trixie. Filming also took place in Wadi Rum, Jordan.

Principal photography wrapped on February 15th 2019.

Music
On January 10th 2018 it was reported that John Williams would return to compose and conduct The Rise of Skywalker. The next month, Williams announced that it would be the last Star Wars film for which he would compose the score.


Synopsis
The remnants of the Resistance face the First Order once again, while reckoning with the past and their own inner turmoil. Meanwhile, the ancient conflict between the Jedi and the Sith reaches its climax, altogether bringing the Skywalker saga to a definitive end.


Plot
The plot is unknown at this time. J.J. Abrams has stayed silent about many details of the film, apart from that it will complete the Skywalker saga, and expressing his hopes that audiences will be "satisfied."

A widely shared belief behind the title, The Rise Of Skywalker, is that the plot will center around a new faction of Force users who neither go under the name Jedi nor Sith, but rather 'Skywalker'. Most likely led by Rey, the last known Jedi and final apprentice of Luke Skywalker.


Returning Characters
The Rise Of Skywalker will see the return of Billy Dee Williams as Lando Calrissian, a veteran of the Rebel Alliance and old friend of Chewbacca and Leia. Williams returns to the Star Wars franchise onscreen for the first time since 1983's Return of the Jedi, marking one of the longest intervals between portrayals of a character by the same actor in American film history.

Carrie Fisher, who played Leia Organa, died in December 2016. It was initially announced that the plan was for her to play a key role in The Rise of Skywalker, but in January 2017 Lucasfilm stated that there were no plans to digitally generate Fisher's performance as they had for Rogue One, so it seemed that The Last Jedi was the last we would see of Leia, with, presumably, her character's death taking place off screen.

However, in April 2017, Carrie Fisher's brother Todd revealed that Fisher's daughter, Billie Lourd, had granted Disney the rights to use recent footage of Fisher. Once again, as soon as that story broke, Kathleen Kennedy contradicted it by stated that Fisher would not appear in Episode IX.

In July 2018, J. J. Abrams announced that unused footage of Fisher from The Force Awakens would be used to help complete the story. A week later, it was revealed that unseen footage from The Last Jedi would also be used. Just how much footage? Well according to Todd Fisher,
There's a lot of minutes of footage. I don't mean just outtakes. This is unused, new content that could be woven into the storyline. ... It's going to look like it was meant to be. Like it was shot yesterday.
Also returning for The Force Awakens is Ian McDiarmid. This was revealed at Star Wars Celebration in April 2019. McDiarmid will reprise the role of Palpatine. Since Celebration was held after principal photography wrapped, J. J. Abrams was thrilled that news of McDiarmid on the set never leaked.

Trailers


Also revealed at Star Wars Celebration in April 2019 was the first teaser trailer, which is above.

UPDATE: A new trailer premiered on August 24th 2019 during Disney's D23 Expo. It has not been made available to the public yet but includes a shot of Rey brandishing a red double-sided lightsaber.

Runtime
Although unconfirmed at this stage, The Rise Of Skywalker is thought to be about 135 minutes long.

That's everything we know at this stage, but as we hear of any news surrounding Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker we will update this page, so check back soon.

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