Star Wars Celebration kicked off today, and some major tidbits on Episode IX have been revealed, including the title and a new teaser trailer which you can watch at the end of this article!
First up… the title of Episode IX is THE RISE OF SKYWALKER.
Emperor Palpatine is back, y’all!
As already rumored, Director JJ Abrams confirmed that the film will be set a while after THE LAST JEDI, but in a new tidbit, he revealed that the core cast would all be together for this adventure rather than split up into different groups.
Cast in attendance included Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), who has an autobiography coming out and Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian), who is sick of being accused of betraying Han Solo.
Also in attendance was most of the “new generation” cast: Daisy Ridley (Rey), John Boyega (Finn), Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron), Kelly Marie Tran (Rose Tico), Joonas Suotamo (Chewbacca) and Naomi Ackie, who revealed her character’s name as Jannah.
Abrams gave major props to the effects team, saying that there would be many new aliens and characters appearing in the film.
At the end, a teaser trailer was shown that revealed Rey facing down Kylo in his TIE fighter, Billy Dee piloting the Falcon and some narration from Luke Skywalker. At the end was Emporer Palpatine’s sinister laugh. Watch the trailer below!
Finn – Boyega says that Finn has found his place in the Resistance as a full-fledged member, no longer uncertain about his identity.
Poe – Isaac was put in the uncomfortable position to compare the piloting skills of Poe Dameron and Han Solo. Diplomatically, Isaac gave Solo credit as the best pilot of the Millennium Falcon, but said that Poe could fly anything and was “the best Uber driver.”
Rey – Ridley admitted that Rey was probably intimidated by the length of the sacred Jedi texts, but has maybe gotten through them since the end of THE LAST JEDI. She also admitted that Luke’s lightsaber “lives” despite being broken during her struggle with Kylo Ren. You can see the lightsaber in action in the teaser trailer below!
Ridley deferred a question about any new Jedi abilities to Abrams, who says that viewers will see some new things. Finally, when asked about the possible romantic tension between Rey and Ren, all Ridley would say was to joke that a shirtless “Ben Swolo” would not be making another appearance.
Rose – After thunderous applause for Kelly Marie Tran (likely as a middle finger to the online trolls who harassed Tran to the point of closing her social media accounts), Tran declined to answer a question regarding Rose’s relationship with Finn. According to Tran and Boyega, Finn is the “most eligible bachelor” in the galaxy.
Chewbacca – Although Joonas has played Chewie four times now, he made a point to give major props to his mentor and the original Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew. And according to Joonas, Porgs taste best fried. KFP, anyone?
BB-8 – A new friend of everyone’s new favorite droid was revealed: D-O appears to be a unicycle with a head similar in shape to a battle droid. Abrams said he was an addition by the same team that designed BB-8 and was meant to be for the fans.
Here’s the new teaser trailer!