Star Wars Episode 9: Title, trailer gets reveal at Celebration Chicago – CNET


Star Wars Episode 9: The Rise of Skywalker is coming to theaters in December.

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The circle is complete. Star Wars Episode 9‘s title, The Rise of Skywalker, was revealed Friday to kick off Star Wars Celebration Chicago.

The Rise of Skywalker trailer leads off with Rey standing in the desert, possibly in communication with Mark Hamill’s Luke Skywalker. 

“We have passed on all we know, a thousand generations live in you now,” Skywalker says in a voiceover. “But this is your fight.”

Rey is then seen speed-wielding a blue lightsaber and leaping onto a ship. Further shots show Kylo Ren repairing his helmet, a quick look at a laughing Lando Calrissian on the Millennium Falcon with Chewbacca, Finn with Poe in the desert, BB-8 and the new droid named Dio and Rey embracing Leia. 

“No one’s ever really gone,” Skywalker says, we learn that might apply to the light and dark sides of the Force.

Then comes a cackle Star Wars fans know so well — Emperor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid). Could the true evil of the galaxy be back decades after Darth Vader threw him to his death in Return of the Jedi?

The title, first teaser trailer and more details were revealed as Director J.J. Abrams, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy and cast members took the stage to deliver delicious hints about the movie.

Abrams said he’s currently in the editing and visual effects stage of the film, but did give a plot tease.

“This movie, it’s about this new generation, and what they’ve inherited, the light and the dark,” Abrams said, seeming to reference Rey (Daisy Ridley), Finn (John Boyega), Poe (Oscar Issac) and Kylo Ren (Adam Driver).


A first look at the start of an adventure from Star Wars Episode 9.

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Abrams noted that the new film will not take place immediately after The Last Jedi, but that Carrie Fisher’s Leia will be a part of the story as previously confirmed.

“You don’t recast that part and you don’t have her disappear,” Abrams said, noting that the team found a way to work with her even though she’s no longer with us. “What if we could write scenes around her,” the director said, regarding the process of finding a way to include Leia in the film.


J.J. Abrams noted that despite Carrie Fisher no longer being with us, he worked with her a lot for Episode 9. 

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Legacy cast member Billy Dee Williams took the stage to note that his Lando character has never left him, and that joining the new movie was a surprise. He also brought with him a look at himself in one of Lando’s flashy outfits.

“I get sick and tired of getting accused of betraying Han Solo… he was up against Darth Vader, he had to figure something out! By the way, did anybody die?” Williams quipped onstage.


Billy Dee Williams notes that he can still pull off a flashy Lando outfit.

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Naomi Ackie joined the stage with the cast to reveal her new character named Jana. While very little is known, she did tease that she will be on a “wicked” adventure with the characters. When moderator Stephen Colbert asked if her character is Lando’s daughter as has been rumored, she did not confirm or deny.

“Lando is a very charming man so he can have children all over the universe,” Ackie teased.

John Boyega revealed that thanks to the time jump, Finn is now going to be a full-fledged Resistance Fighter, with a new haircut to boot.

But regarding his longtime nemesis Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie), Boyega confirmed that he has closure. “Phasma yeah she dead,” Boyega said.

Oscar Isaac’s Poe is seen being close to his bestie Finn in a new photo from the film, with Isaac noting that Poe is very serious the friendship between the two.


Finn and Poe having a light moment in Episode 9.

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A new white outfit for Rey was revealed when Daisy Ridley spoke during Star Wars Celebration, with Daisy Ridley noting that while her character did take the Jedi texts from Ahch-To, how much she has read is up in the air.

“As we saw those books are pretty large, she may have started,” Ridley teased. She deflected questions about whether she has any new Force powers, though.


Daisy Ridley’s Rey in a new outfit for Episode 9.

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Ridley did reveal though that Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber did survive the events of The Last Jedi, so looks like that item is coming back into play.

And a look at Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren was also teased, with Ridley revealing that scenes involving Kylo will keep the character clothed, as opposed to the shirtless telepathic conversations the two had in The Last Jedi. However the two likely will keep some version of their personal connection, although Ridley couldn’t say much.

“I guess the Kylo and Rey thing… we’ll have to see,” she said. 


Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren in Episode 9.

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And BB-8 will have a new friend in the form of the droid Dio, who rolled out onto the Celebration Chicago stage.


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Star Wars: Episode 9 premieres Dec. 19 in the UK and Dec. 20 in the US and Australia, If you want to catch up or revisit the saga in the meantime, check out our guide to watching all the movies online in chronological order.

Celebration Chicago runs until Monday — here’s what you should expect from the rest of the weekend.


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