Star Wars: Episode IX, officially called “The Rise of Skywalker,” director J.J. Abrams said Friday during an appearance at Star Wars Celebration in Chicago that some time has gone by since the events of the last movie and doesn’t pick up immediately after the events of “The Last Jedi.” Yes, Carrie Fisher’s Princess Leia will make an appearance through unused scenes from “The Force Awakens” that have been integrated into the story. It opens nationwide on Dec. 10, 2019. Read more to watch the trailer and for a reaction video.
J.J. Abrams said that Leia lives in the film in a way that blows his mind, while also teasing that it will be an adventure that the group goes on together. Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy also stated that “Episode IX” will close out the newest trilogy and the 9-film Skywalker saga that began in 1977.
“Abrams on the main stage at Star Wars Celebration with Kennedy was the most-anticipated event of the five day fan convention. Just what will be revealed remains a mystery, although many expect to learn the title at least and perhaps even see some footage. Earlier Star Wars Celebrations have shown trailers or teasers from upcoming installments in the most recent trilogy that kicked off with 2015’s ‘The Force Awakens,'” reports Press Herald.