Star Wars Episode 9: The Rise of Skywalker -- release date, cast, director and theories

CNET | 4/12/2019 | Mike Sorrentino
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Rey, Finn, BB-8 and Poe Dameron have been on an epic journey since 2015's Star Wars: The Force Awakens. And in December, their adventure will meet some kind of conclusion when Star Wars Episode 9: The Rise of Skywalker comes to theaters.

The movie has a lot to live up to. Abrams will need to find a way to offer an ending to the revived Star Wars movie universe following a mixed reception to The Last Jedi and Solo's box office flop. Also, it's not like his Force Awakens was criticism-free -- some fans knocked it for evoking the original Star Wars film too predictably. Not to mention, he'll need to find a graceful way to allow for Leia Organa's exit following the death of actress Carrie Fisher in 2016.

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But with production wrapped, there's plenty of time before Star Wars returns to theaters. Here's everything we know about the film so far.

Release date: When can I see Episode 9?

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Star Wars Episode 9: The Rise of Skywalker will hit theaters around the world on Dec. 20, 2019.

When will we see the first trailer?

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The first teaser trailer is here, fresh off of the the Star Wars Episode 9 panel at Star Wars Celebration Chicago on April 12.

Watch this: Star Wars Episode 9: The Rise of Skywalker tees up the...

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Is The Rise of Skywalker still filming?

Production has wrapped. Many of the actors announced the end of production on social media, and director J.J. Abrams tweeted a photo of Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Oscar Isaac embracing as shooting ended in February. Those who bring both droids BB-8 and C-3PO to life, puppeteer Brian Herring and actor Anthony Daniels respectively, announced on Twitter that their roles have wrapped. It's quite likely principal photography is nearly over, as the movie has been in production since last...
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