For the last four years, world-renowned Lucasfilm Ltd. has rewarded its fans with early Christmas presents. Starting with the first in the ‘sequel trilogy’ in 2015, The Force Awakens hit the silver screen on December 18th.
Following the five-Oscar-nominated film came The Last Jedi, arriving just in time for Christmas 2017 on December 20th. Daisy Ridley and John Boyega reprised their roles, while fans mourned the loss of Carrie Fisher, who had filmed her scenes before her death in 2016.
Fast forward to 2019, and we’ve seen the plot for the final chapter shift significantly. Originally intended to be a homage to Fisher’s Princess Leia, The Rise of Skywalker will hit the big screen just five days before Christmas.
What we know about The Rise of Skywalker
Episode IX promises to be the last in the nine-part Skywalker Saga. Fans of Fisher’s Princess Leia, who rose to fame when the middle part of the trilogy was released between 1977 and 1983, will be pleased to see her back. This time around, the actress will appear using unseen footage from The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi.
For the final chapter, a year has passed since the events of The Last Jedi, when the Resistance was gearing up to battle The First Order. While this promises to reach boiling point in The Rise of Skywalker, another old battle re-emerges: the fight between the Jedi and the Sith.
Just like The Avengers: End Game, we can expect epic battles and heart-breaking scenes as we say goodbye to our favourite characters. Mark Hamill returns once again, while there is debate as to whether or not Princess Leia will finally meet her demise. One thing is for sure – there will likely be many twists and turns as the directors grapple with the challenges of last-minute plot changes.