Star Wars: Episode IX

The Jawdropping First Trailer For Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the End of a Saga Begins

So you watched Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi, which hit movie theaters in December 2017, and you’re itching for hints about what’s to come? The first trailer for Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker debuted at Star Wars Celebration 2019 and it offered some intriguing hints as to how the Skywalker saga will conclude, including the surprise return of one very important character.

Actors Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac and Adam Driver are all returning for The Rise of Skywalker, which will wrap up the stories of the new heroes as well as the Skywalker family’s generation-spanning struggle between the Dark Side of the Force and the Light. Original trilogy cast members Mark Hamill and the late Carrie Fisher will also reportedly appear. Another favorite from the first trilogy, Billy Dee Williams’ Lando Calrissian — who hasn’t appeared in a live-action Star Wars film since Return of the Jedi in 1983 — will also star. And, in perhaps the biggest surprise for fans, Ian McDiarmid will also return as Emperor Palpatine, the biggest villain of the first two trilogies who seemingly died at the end of Return of the Jedi.

This is the final film in the current Star Wars trilogy will premiere on Dec. 20, 2019.

Production officially began in July 2018. The cast completed filming for the movie this winter. Star John Boyega posted a photo of himself, Daisy Ridley and Oscar Isaac in February with the caption, “That’s a wrap.” Fans expect a trailer for the film to drop in April.

Director:  J.J. Abrams

Writers:  J.J. AbramsChris Terrio | 3 more credits »

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