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Scorching on the heels of saying the small print of the upcoming Disney+ streaming service (which is able to characteristic loads of Star Wars content material), Disney and Lucasfilm simply launched the primary trailer for “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.”

The revealing got here on the finish of a panel at this yr’s Star Wars Celebration occasion in Chicago, the place the title of the film (beforehand solely often known as “Star Wars Episode IX”) was lastly revealed.

Whereas on-stage, director J.J. Abrams and Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy talked about filming after the dying of Carrie Fisher. They’d already introduced that they won’t be utilizing CGI to attempt to convey Fisher’s character Leia Organa again to life — however she might be part of “The Rise of Skywalker,” utilizing beforehand unseen footage from “The Drive Awakens.”

“The craziest half is how not loopy it feels,” Abrams mentioned. “Princess Leia lives on this movie in a approach that’s type of mind-blowing to me.”

Abrams and Kennedy had been joined by new and previous forged members on-stage, together with Billy Dee Williams, who’s (lastly!) returning as Lando Calrissan. Williams mentioned it was a “spotlight” of his profession to be within the new movie — and to work with the 52-year-old Abrams, who he described “a ravishing younger man.”

Abrams emphasised the concept whereas “The Rise of Skywalker” is the ultimate installment on the Skywalker Saga and the fruits of a nine-film story, it additionally has to work as its personal movie, and he mentioned, “This film, it’s about this new vitality and what they’ve inherited, the sunshine and the darkish.”

He added that these characters might be going through “the best evil,” turning into cagey as soon as Colbert requested him who or what that evil is. However the trailer ends with the acquainted chuckle of Emperor Palpatine (villain of the unique movies), and as quickly because the lights went up, Palpatine actor Ian McDiarmid was on stage, declaring, “Roll it once more.”

“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” might be launched on December 20, 2019.

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