Lucasfilm's Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will reportedly end the Jedi vs. Sith conflict for good. The climactic trilogy-ender will be hitting theaters on Dec. 20, and will surely be another triumphant win for Disney at the box office. Anticipation for the upcoming film has been skyrocketing, garnering more than 111 million views on The Rise Of Skywalker teaser trailer that dropped at Star Wars Celebration in Chicago within 24 hours. This feat alone marked a new high for the Star Wars franchise, and excitement is sure to escalate from here.
The Rise of Skywalker is also expected to have an SDCC panel this year, which will be a fitting return to form for the cast and crew after skipping last year's Comic-Con. The panel is perfectly slotted between Celebration Chicago, which occurred earlier this year, and D23 Expo in August, which is set to feature some Star Wars content surrounding The Mandalorian. Details are sparse in regard to the finale of the Skywalker saga, but bits and pieces are becoming readily available to eager fans.
Now, Vanity Fair released an exclusive first look at the upcoming film that's filled to the brim with exciting, juicy details. One important plot point from a source close to the film explained that this movie will finally bring an end to the everlasting conflict between the Jedi and the Sith. This assumption namely comes from the title itself and the fact that there aren't many Skywalkers remaining. While referencing the late Carrie Fisher, director J.J. Abrams explained that, after watching footage left over from Fisher, he felt like they, "suddenly had found the impossible answer to the impossible question." He goes on to mention that a lot of the film was written around that footage, and that, "somehow it worked." As far as the remaining Skywalkers go, Kylo Ren appears to be the only one. In regard to Ren, Adam Driver explained, "He had been forging this maybe-bond with Rey," and that it ultimately leaves some major questions in the air: "Is he going to pursue that relationship, or when the door of her ship goes up, does that also close the camaraderie that they were forming?"
A batch of images have also been released for the upcoming film that revealed the highly anticipated Knights of Ren, Luke Skywalker, and peaks at Keri Russell and Richard E. Grant's new characters. The Rise of Skywalker will be Star Wars' main topic of discussion for the remainder of this year in regard to movies, even though Disney took to releasing dates for as-yet-untitled Star Wars movies in 2022, 2024, and 2026.
With the tumultuous relationship shown in The Last Jedi between Rey and Kylo, it would make sense that Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker would turn its focus on them. The two mirror the Jedi and the Sith so perfectly that forming a plot around their connection seems highly likely. It's also a perfect opportunity to bid farewell to the characters that have helped carry Star Wars for 42 years. It's an opportune time to take Star Wars in a new direction and explore another galaxy far, far away.
Source: Vanity Fair
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