EntertainmentStar Wars: The Rise of Skywalker reveals poster, epic new footage at D23
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There’s stunning new footage fromthat was just unveiled at Disney’s fan expo in Anaheim on Saturday.
First up, here’s a new poster, with Rey (Daisy Ridley) facing off against Kylo Ren (Adam Driver):
The behind-the-scenes sizzle reel is expected to be released online Monday and represents the first footage of thefilm since the teaser trailer was released in April.
Images include a dual between Rey and Kylo Ren amid a stormy sea (transposed into a space backdrop on the poster). There’s a massive fleet of Star Destroyers. There’s a new shot of Darth Vader’s helmet. There’s Finn (John Boyega) and a new character named Jannah (Naomi Ackie) together in a cockpit. C-3PO with red eyes. A new glimpse of Leia (the late Carrie Fisher). A gang of heroes approaching a bustling desert city. But the shot that truly stunned the crowd was a scene with Rey in a hooded black robe revealing an unfolding red double-sided lightsaber (Darth Rey?!).
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“It’s hard for me to understand the story is ending,” said Anthony Daniels (C-3PO) on stage at the Expo. “But what an ending. You’ll love it.”
Added Billy Dee Williams, who’s returning as Lando Calrissian for the first time since Return of the Jedi: “Lando has never left me. I’ve been here all these years, these 40 years, is a very special experience for me and I just want to thank you all.”
Newcomer to the saga Keri Russell said of her mysterious character: “She’s very cool and a little bit shady. She’s kind of a criminal and old friend of Poe’s.”
Director Abrams said of adding Leia into the film: “Of course, we can’t talk about the cast without talking about Carrie Fisher. And the character of Leia is really in a way the heart of this story. We could not tell the end of these 9 films without Leia. And we realized that we had footage from episode 7 that we realized we could use in a new way. So Carrie, as Leia, gets to be in the film.”
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While a lot of the exclusive content Disney has lined up for Disney+ will be available for launch, Clone Wars fans will have a few more months to wait. Today at the D23 Expo we learned that the next season of the animated show will be available for streaming in February 2020. Meanwhile, Disney dropped off the first trailer for its live-action Star Wars show, The Mandalorian, that will premiere with the service on November 12th. Without an updated Clone Wars trailer, we'll just point you back to the one from the announcement of its return that appeared last year. Just announced at #D23Expo, the next season of The Clone Wars will premiere in February on #DisneyPlus. pic.
Continued Abrams: “But the crazy part is we started to work on this movie and I wasn’t supposed to be directing this movie [as Colin Trevorrow was originally tapped as director]. Then we lost Carrie. And I was hired on this film and began working. And I remember this thing that I had read that I actually thought I was mistaken. I looked in her last book, The Princess Diarist, and she had written, ‘Special thanks to J.J. Abrams for putting up with me twice.’ Now I had never worked with her before Force Awakens and I wasn’t supposed to do this movie. So it was a classic Carrie thing to sort of write something like that that could only mean one thing for me. We couldn’t be more excited to have you see her in her final performance as Leia.”
The Rise of Skywalker promises to conclude the nine-film saga that began with 1977’s A New Hope (or, going chronologically, 1999’s The Phantom Menace).
The film stars, , , , and , along with returning original trilogy favorites , (via previously unreleased footage), and Williams, as well as Ian McDiarmid (expected to reprise his role as Emperor Palpatine), plus newcomers Naomi Ackie (playing a new character named Jannah), Richard E. Grant, and Russell.
Star Wars: The Mandalorian on Disney Plus gets its first trailer
The first Disney Plus original lands Nov. 12.
Here’s the previous teaser trailer:
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