Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker behind-the-scenes video shows off some great footage from the latest photoshoot reveal. Iconic photographer Annie Leibovitz made her way out to the desert valley in southern Jordan called Wadi Rum to meet up with J.J. Abrams and the cast. Everybody is shown working hard and then smiling and having a good time in between takes. The environment wasn't always the easiest place to shoot, but the cast made the best of it while huddled in tents, waiting for sandstorms to pass.

There's one particular piece of footage featuring Joonas Suotamo's Chewbacca cuddling BB-8 in between takes as massive wind gusts blow his Wookiee hair all over everywhere. Suotamo says, "It's going to be a wonderful journey," and notes that, " Everyone is back together again and Chewbacca thrives when he's in a group that faces adversity." J.J. Abrams has already promised The Rise of Skywalker is going to have the trilogy's greatest threat, so Chewie is going to be thriving.

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Also shown in the video is Annie Leibovitz snapping the photo of Oscar Isaac, Daisy Ridley, and John Boyega embracing on the set. J.J. Abrams shared the actual photo when production on The Rise of Skywalker had officially wrapped. From the looks of things, we're going to see more of a larger group effort this time around. Isaac is excited to see his character interacting more with Finn and Rey, noting Finn is a member of his family. The Resistance has a lot of building to do, which more than likely brings the gang closer together to fight the First Order.

The Rise of Skywalker behind-the-scenes video features Naomi Ackie's new character, Jannah, as she rides a creatures called an Orbaks alongside John Boyega's Finn. They're riding across a new desert planet known as Pasaana in the video. There is a lot to take in when looking at the photos and the video, but it is evident that the cast and crew had a great time making the final movie in the Skywalker saga. It's going to be interesting to see how Star Wars fans react to the movie when it is released later this year.

The Star Wars franchise has hit the brakes a bit in terms of big screen projects. The Rise of Skywalker is going to be the last one for a while and expectations are high for a number of reasons. J.J. Abrams is expected to right all of the perceived wrongs from Rian Johnson's The Last Jedi, which he does not intend to do. However, we've already seen some pretty promising elements, including the iconic cackle of Emperor Palpatine and the Knights of Ren return. Whatever the case may, be the cast and crew are incredibly proud of what they were able to accomplish while making the movie. You can check out The Rise of Skywalker behind-the-scenes video below, thanks to Vanity Fair.

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