'Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker': Release date, plot, cast and all that you need to know about JJ Abrams-helmed movie
The final installment of the Star Wars Trilogy, 'Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker' is set to hit the silver screen this holiday season. Director JJ Abrams, who bought alive the franchise with 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), will now helm the third part, which is expected to dominate the box-office collections, after the previous two movies ended up being the biggest moneymakers in the entire franchise, thereby grossing more than the original films, prequels or the spin-offs 'Rogue One' and 'Solo'.
The production went on the floors in July 2018 and the movie is slated to release on December 20, 2019. The shoot was completed in February with Jon Boyega putting up a picture on Instagram stating that it was a wrap.
That LucasFilm has kept the plot a close-guarded secret doesn't come as a surprise, but Boyega has teased the theory of a time jump and the movie will be set a year after the events of the 'Last Jedi.' Also, this might be the definitive end of the Skywalker saga.
Actors Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac and Adam Driver will reprise their roles as Rey, Finn, Poe Dameron, and Kylo Ren respectively. Mark Hamill and late Carrie Fisher will also reportedly appear in the movie.
LucasFilm had initially roped in 'Jurassic World' director Colin Trevorrow to direct the film, but the two parted ways amid speculations that the director's departure was due to the poor reviews of 'Book of Henry.' After a short search, the studio announced it would bring Abrams, who directed 'The Force Awakens', back to the franchise to wrap up the trilogy.
What next for the 'Star Wars' franchise?
Disney has already announced two-live action Star Wars show for their service, Disney +. Titled the 'Mandalorian', the 10-episode series will be set after 'Return of the Jedi,' and is written and directed by Jon Favreau of 'Iron Man' and 'Lion King' fame. In addition, they also greenlit a sixth season of 'The Clone Wars,' the Star Wars animated series.
On August 26th, Disney released its first trailer for the 'Rise of Skywalker', foreshadowing a possible return of Emperor Palpatine.
On October 21st, Disney released the final trailer for the movie, featuring all of the main characters, a confrontation between Rey and Kylo Ren, and glimpses of action scenes to come.
On November 18, Entertainment Weekly released an image showing Poe Dameron alongside Chewie and Finn, piloting the iconic Millenium Falcon.
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