Star Wars Episode 9: The Rise of Skywalker -- Release date, plot, cast and rumors

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 -- along with the entire Skywalker saga of nine movies -- 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. Director J.J. 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. He's also dealing with the challenge of keeping Leia Organa a central character despite the death of actress Carrie Fisher in 2016.

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But with the movie now in the editing stage, there's plenty of time before Star Wars returns to theaters. Here's everything we know 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 trailer tees...

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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 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. The movie started shooting back in summer...
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