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Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker

Timeline: 34 ABY Official Canon Movie
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  • Director: JJ Abrams
  • Screenplay: JJ Abrams, Chris Terrio, Rian Johnson, Colin Trevorrow, Derek Connolly
  • Soundtrack: John Williams
  • Production Company: Lucasfilm Ltd, Bad Robot Productions
  • Distributor: Walt Disney Studios
  • Producer: Kathleen Kennedy, Ram Bergman
  • Release date: 12/20/2019
  • Runtime: 142 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • BBFC rating: 12A
  • Part of: The Skywalker Saga
  • Preceeded by: Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi

The dead speak! The galaxy has heard a mysterious broadcast, a threat of REVENGE in the sinister voice of the late EMPEROR PALPATINE.

GENERAL LEIA ORGANA dispatches secret agents to gather intelligence, while REY, the last hope of the Jedi, trains for battle against the diabolical FIRST ORDER.

Meanwhile, Supreme Leader KYLO REN rages in search of the phantom Emperor, determined to destroy any threat to his power....

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is the final episode of the Star Wars sequel trilogy, and will also mark the end of the entire Skywalker Saga.

It was originally slated to be directed by Colin Trevorrow, until he left the project in September 2017. JJ Abrams then returned to helm the film, and close off the trilogy he launched with The Force Awakens.

The title and teaser trailer were revealed at Star Wars Celebration Chicago in April 2019.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is set for release on 20 December 2019.


  • Daisy Ridley as Rey
  • Adam Driver as Kylo Ren
  • John Boyega as Finn
  • Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron
  • Lupita Nyong'o as Maz Kanata
  • Domhnal Gleeson as General Hux
  • Kelly Marie Tran as Rose Tico
  • Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca
  • Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker
  • Carrie Fisher as Leia Organa
  • Billy Dee Williams as Lando Calrissian
  • Billie Lourd as Lieutenant Connix
  • Greg Grunberg as Temmin "Snap" Wexley
  • Anthony Daniels as C-3P0
  • Jimmy Vee as R2-D2
  • Brian Herring as BB-8
  • Richard E Grant
  • Naomi Ackie as Jannah
  • Keri Russell
  • Dominic Monaghan


Episode IX's working title was "Black Diamond".

This will be John Williams' last Star Wars movie.

Colin Trevorrow was originally set to direct, and he apparently worked closely with The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson to ensure continuity between their respective movies. Trevorrow left the project in September 2017 due to “creative differences”, and Disney had to pay off Paramount Pictures to secure JJ Abrams, as he had previously breached contract with them during The Force Awakens.

Carrie Fisher was due to have a larger role in Episode IX, and when she tragically passed away in December 2016 the story team “pretty much started over”, according to Kathleen Kennedy. Unused footage from The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi has been repurposed to allow Fisher to complete the Star Wars saga.

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· Edited by Andy


I had mixed feelings going into The Rise of Skywalker, and for the first 10 minutes or so I was quite worried about the direction it was going in. I really did not enjoy the opening sequence that seemed intent on diverting as far as possible from The Last Jedi instead of trying to weave it into a cohesive arc. But once the story got going I was back on board.

Without giving away any spoilers, I found there was a little too much fan-service going on, and some characters had been relegated to the sidelines while JJ Abrams attempted to add new ideas and characters into the story which perhaps could have been left out without affecting the plot too much. A poignant send-off was given to our beloved Princess and Space Mom, which was respectful to the character and to the memory of the late Carrie Fisher. 

Rise of Skywalker is a satisfying end to the sequel trilogy, but my personal feeling is that it falls just short of being a satisfying end to the Skywalker Saga as a whole. 

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