Lucasfilm revealed the official title, teaser trailer, new characters, plot details and more for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker at Star Wars Celebration Chicago on Friday. Here’s a rundown of all our coverage from the ultimate Star Wars fan event!
Watch the New Trailer!
Check out the teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker below:
We caught Celebration attendees in the moment reactions to watching the Rise of Skywalker trailer for the first time:
The New Trailer Shocked and Amazed Us
Watch our own Brian Altano and David Griffin react to the trailer:
The First Poster Released
Alongside the trailer, we also got our look at the first poster for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker:
Is Jannah’s Lando’s Daughter?
At Star Wars Celebration Chicago, new Episode IX cast member Naomi Ackie revealed the first details about her character, Jannah, and how she fits into the storyline of the new Star Wars film.
BB-8’s New Pal D-0
Get your first look at D-0, a new droid being introduced in Star Wars: Episode IX. Described as a friend of BB-8, D-0 was created by Neal Scanlan and the creature and robotics team. Check him out below:
Luke’s Lightsaber and Rey’s Force Powers
During Star Wars Celebration Chicago 2019, Daisy Ridley revealed that Luke’s lightsaber “lives” in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, and director J.J. Abrams alludes to some new force powers Rey might use in the movie. Get the full scoop on what they said here.
How They Brought Back Leia
General Leia Organa and the woman who portrayed her, Carrie Fisher, will have a key part to play in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Director J.J. Abrams explained how they made Leia’s role in the movie’s story work following Fisher’s passing in 2016.
J.J. Abrams Drops Plot Hints
During Star Wars Celebration Chicago 2019, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker director J.J. Abrams revealed that the final installment in the Skywalker Saga doesn’t pick up immediately after The Last Jedi.
Does The Force Awakens Underwater Death Star Concept Return For Ep. 9?
The teaser ends with a shot of what appears to be a massive piece of debris lodged deep in the sea, followed by the maniacal cackle of none other than Emperor Palpatine. Theories already abound as to what this massive structure could be, but the leading idea seems to be that Rey and crew are looking at the fallen pieces of the second Death Star itself. However, more intriguing than what we saw in the film is what we didn’t see. 2015’s “The Art of The Force Awakens” book by Phil Szostak features tons of incredibly interesting pitches that didn’t make it into the final film. And in light of the brand new teaser for The Rise of Skywalker, the book’s most fascinating unused concept was that of an underwater Death Star.
How Episode IX Could Redefine the Skywalker Name
Taken at face value, this title could imply that Rey will discover she is, in fact, a member of the Skywalker family. This would fly against The Last Jedi’s reveal that Rey is a nobody – just a humble, forgotten child of two lowly scavengers – but many have speculated Episode IX would push Rey’s character arc in that direction. (There’s also the possibility that the Skywalker of the title will refer to a redeemed Ben Solo, of course.) However, we suspect there’s more to this title than immediately meets the eye.
A Better Look at Kylo Ren’s Repaired Mask
New packaging for future Star Wars products gives us a good look at the repaired mask Kylo Ren uses in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. The packaging, which can be seen below, will be used to house The Rise of Skywalker products starting October 4, 2019 – which is being referred to as Triple Force Friday.
The Star Wars Celebration Chicago Episode IX panel is ongoing, and more news is expected to come from the event. Find out how you can watch the panels online!
In other Star Wars news, Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed Star Wars movies will go on “a bit of a hiatus” following Episode IX, and The Last Jedi director revealed he’s okay with J.J. Abrams retconning Rey’s parentage.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will be released in theaters on December 20, 2019.
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