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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
Star Wars Episode IX poster.jpg
Teaser poster
Directed byJ. J. Abrams
Produced by
Written by
Based onStar Wars
by George Lucas
Music byJohn Williams
CinematographyDan Mindel[1]
Edited by
Distributed byWalt Disney Studios
Motion Pictures
Release date
  • December 20, 2019 (2019-12-20) (United States)
CountryUnited States

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (also known as Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker) is an upcoming American epic space-opera film produced, co-written and directed by J. J. Abrams. It will be the third installment of the Star Wars sequel trilogy, following The Force Awakens (2015) and The Last Jedi (2017), and the ninth and final episode of the main Star Wars film franchise.[2] The film was produced by Lucasfilm, Abrams's production company Bad Robot Productions and is scheduled to be distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. The film's ensemble cast includes Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong'o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, Billie Lourd, Naomi Ackie, Richard E. Grant, Keri Russell, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams and Ian McDiarmid; the latter two return to the franchise onscreen for the first time since 1983's Return of the Jedi and 2005's Revenge of the Sith, respectively.

The Rise of Skywalker is part of a trilogy of films announced after Disney's acquisition of Lucasfilm in October 2012. Colin Trevorrow was announced as the film's director in mid-2015, but left the project by late 2017 due to creative differences. He was replaced by Abrams, who previously directed The Force Awakens. Principal photography began in August 2018 at Pinewood Studios near London and wrapped on February 15, 2019.[3] The film is scheduled for release in the United States on December 20, 2019.


Approximately a year after the events of The Last Jedi,[a] the remnants of the Resistance face the First Order once again—while reckoning with the past and their own inner turmoil[6][7]—altogether bringing the Skywalker saga to a definitive end.[8]


Additionally, Dominic Monaghan was cast in an undisclosed role.[18] Brian Herring returns to puppeteer BB-8,[19] and Jimmy Vee and Greg Grunberg reprise their roles as R2-D2 and Temmin "Snap" Wexley, respectively.[20]



J. J. Abrams returns to direct.

In October 2012, Star Wars creator George Lucas sold his production company Lucasfilm, and with it the Star Wars franchise, to The Walt Disney Company. Disney announced a new trilogy of Star Wars films.[21] In June 2014, it was announced that Rian Johnson, writer and director of The Last Jedi, would write a story treatment for Episode IX.[22] In August 2015, Colin Trevorrow was announced as the director of the film;[23] he was to write the script with frequent collaborator Derek Connolly.[23][24] In April 2017, Johnson stated that he was not involved in writing the film.[25] In February 2016, Disney chief executive officer Bob Iger confirmed that pre-production on Episode IX had begun.[26] In late April 2017, Disney announced that the film would be released on May 24, 2019.[27] A month later, filming was expected to begin in January 2018,[28][29] but this was later pushed back to August.

In August 2017, it was announced that Jack Thorne would rewrite the script.[30] On September 5, 2017, Lucasfilm stated that Trevorrow had left the production following creative differences.[31] The Hollywood Reporter reported that his working relationship with Kathleen Kennedy had become unmanageable after failing to deliver a satisfactory script, despite writing several drafts.[32] Johnson was rumored as the top choice to replace Trevorrow as director,[33] but stated "it was never in the plan for me to direct Episode IX."[34] The next day, it was announced that J. J. Abrams, the director of The Force Awakens, would return to direct the film,[35] and that the film's release date would be moved to December 20, 2019.[36] The story team met with George Lucas before writing the new script,[37] which Abrams co-wrote with Chris Terrio.[38] The film is being produced by Abrams' company Bad Robot Productions, Kathleen Kennedy, and Michelle Rejwan.[38]

Before filming, Episode IX was initially given the working title Black Diamond, which was then changed to Trixie.[39] The production team has gone to great lengths to keep information about the film secret.[40] The title, The Rise of Skywalker, was announced at the 2019 Star Wars Celebration in Chicago in April 2019.[41]


Billy Dee Williams returns to the franchise as Lando Calrissian onscreen for the first time since Return of the Jedi.

Carrie Fisher, who played Leia Organa, died in 2016. Variety and Reuters reported that she had been planned for a key role in The Rise of Skywalker.[42] In January 2017, Lucasfilm stated that there were no plans to digitally generate Fisher's performance as they had for Rogue One.[43] The following April, Fisher's brother Todd revealed that Fisher's daughter, Billie Lourd, had granted Disney the rights to use recent footage of Fisher.[44] However, a week later, Kathleen Kennedy stated that Fisher would not appear in the film.[45][46] In July 2018, J. J. Abrams announced that unused footage of Fisher from The Force Awakens would be used to help complete the story.[47] A week later, it was revealed that unseen footage from The Last Jedi would also be used.[13][14] According to Todd Fisher,

There's a lot of minutes of footage. I don't mean just outtakes. This is unused, new content that could be woven into the storyline. [...] It's going to look like it was meant to be. Like it was shot yesterday.[14]

In July 2018, Keri Russell was in talks to play a part for some "action-heavy fight scenes",[48] along with the long-awaited confirmation that Billy Dee Williams will return as Lando Calrissian.[49] At the end of the month, Russell was confirmed to have been cast,[11] along with the announcement of returning and additional new cast members.[1] In late August, Dominic Monaghan and Matt Smith were reportedly cast in unspecified roles,[18][50] but Smith later denied his involvement.[51] Jimmy Vee and Greg Grunberg reprise their roles as R2-D2 and Temmin "Snap" Wexley, respectively.[52][20] Brian Herring returns to puppeteer BB-8.[53]

At Star Wars Celebration in April 2019, it was revealed that Ian McDiarmid will return to portray Palpatine.[54][55][56] Since Celebration was held after principal photography wrapped, J. J. Abrams was thrilled that news of McDiarmid on the set never leaked.[57]


Principal photography began on August 1, 2018, at Pinewood Studios near London, England.[1] Filming was also done in Wadi Rum, Jordan.[58] Oscar Isaac stated that Abrams was allowing more improvised acting than in the previous two films.[59] On January 28, 2019, Anthony Daniels finished filming for his role as C-3PO in the film.[60] Principal photography wrapped on February 15, 2019.[61] Footage from the film was shown at The Walt Disney Company's annual shareholders meeting on March 7, 2019.[62]


In July 2013, Kennedy announced at Star Wars Celebration Europe that John Williams would return to score the Star Wars sequel trilogy.[63] On January 10, 2018, it was reported that Williams would return to compose and conduct The Rise of Skywalker.[64][65] The next month, Williams announced that it would be the last Star Wars film for which he would compose the score.[66]


The Rise of Skywalker will be released on December 20, 2019 in the United States.[36] It was originally set to be released on May 24 before being pushed back.[27]

Though Abrams stayed silent about details of the film, he expressed his hopes that its viewers would be "satisfied."[67] He headed a panel dedicated to the film on April 12, 2019 during Star Wars Celebration in Chicago, Illinois, where the first trailer revealed the film's title and new images were shown.[68]

See also



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  2. ^ Fisher, who died in late 2016, will appear through the use of unreleased footage from The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi.[13][14]
  3. ^ According to McDiarmid, George Lucas told him that Palpatine is definitely dead.[17]


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