Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker is the final part in the trilogy that kicked off with 2015’s The Force Awakens, and it releases in December. The first trailer arrived in April, and gave fans a taste of what to expect from the movie, which is directed by JJ Abrams. Now a new batch of images have been released.
The images come via Vanity Fair, which has published an extensive feature about The Rise of Skywalker. They reveal some of the movie’s new characters, alongside familiar faces. In terms of new villains, there’s the amazing-looking “masked scoundrel” Zorri Bliss (Keri Russell) on the planet Kijimi, and First Order leader Allegiant General Pryde (Richard E. Grant) pictured alongside General Hux.
The good guys are represented by Jannah (Naomi Ackie), seen riding a creature called an Orbak alongside Finn, plus a group of Aki-Aki, who are natives of the planet Pasaana. Over at Vanity Fair’s site you can also see new pictures of Rey, Kylo, Lando, Chewie, R2-D2, and Luke. Check out the images of the new characters below.
Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters on December 19. Abrams returned to direct after helming 2015’s The Force Awakens, although he wasn’t the first choice of director. Jurassic World’s Colin Trevorrow was initially hired, but he left the movie in September 2017.
The film stars Daisy Ridley as Rey, Adam Driver as Kylo Ren, John Boyega as Finn, Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron, Kelly Marie Tran as Rose Tico, Lupita Nyong’o as Maz Kanata, Domhnall Gleeson as General Hux, Mark Hamill as Luke, and Billy Dee Williams as Lando. It will also include an appearance from Carrie Fisher. Although Fisher died before production began, she will appear in footage originally shot for 2017’s The Last Jedi.
Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker isn’t the only new Star Wars release that fans have to look forward to this year. It has also been confirmed that the live-action TV show The Mandalorian will be available on the streaming service Disney+ when it launches on November 12.