It’s finally time! After over a year of anticipation and speculation since the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, we finally have some concrete information on what to expect from “the end of the Skywalker saga,” Star Wars: Episode IX, now officially titled, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. As reported earlier today, Disney CEO Bob Iger said this will be the final Star Wars movie before “a bit of hiatus,” and if the special presentation at Star Wars Celebration 2019 is any indication, they’re going to deliver big before pushing pause.
Stephen Colbert took the stage in Chicago to open up the Episode 9 panel and introduce 10 guests: Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, Anthony Daniels, Billy Dee Williams, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscars Isaac, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo and Naomi Ackie, as well as R2-D2, BB-8 and D0. Here’s everything we learned from the Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker presentation at Star Wars Celebration 2019:
What’s the movie about? Abrams told the audience, “This movie, in addition to being the end of three trilogies, it also needs to work as its own movie and that’s been part of the fun of it, part of the challenge of it. But this movie it’s about this new generation and what they’ve inherited – the light and the dark – and asking the question as they face the greatest evil, are they prepared? Are they ready?”
The Rise of Skywalker doesn’t pick up immediately after The Last Jedi. Abrams told the crowd, “Some time has gone by.” He continued, “This is an adventure that the group goes on together,” and added, “One of the great things about the movie, getting to work on it, was the dynamic between the characters. They are just the most wonderful together and that’s the thing I’m sort of most excited for you all to see.”
The Rise of Skywalker embraces everything George Lucas created. Here’s how Kennedy put it; “We’ve immersed ourselves in everything George created, talked about it endlessly and we’re so excited because I think what you’re gonna end up seeing, you’re gonna be so happy with.” She continued, “I think that what’s also fascinating is it’s over forty years so the context that George was working within, it’s 40 years later and to keep this relevant and meaningful to the characters and to the people experiencing this story, it has to feel like it’s of its time and I think that what we’ve done is we’ve taken to heart everything that inspired George, and then I think the inspiration that JJ’s brought to this has given it even more depth.” She turned to Abrams and also noted, “And this guy sitting next to me, he cares more than anybody I know.”