Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is exactly one month away from hitting theaters. And though some attention is being pulled away by this Friday's debut of The Mandalorian Episode 3 on Disney+, we're sure there is still enough excitement to go around for the final chapter in the Skywalker saga, which will bring closure to the original, prequel and current trilogies with one big finale to end all finales.
Lucasfilm and director J.J. Abrams join forces once again to take viewers on an epic journey to a galaxy far, far away with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the riveting conclusion of the seminal Skywalker saga, where new legends will be born and the final battle for freedom is yet to come.
The film stars Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Anthony Daniels, Naomi Ackie, Domhnall Gleeson, Richard E. Grant, Lupita Nyong'o, Keri Russell, Joonas Suotamo, Kelly Marie Tran, with Ian McDiarmid and Billy Dee Williams
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is directed by J.J. Abrams and produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Abrams and Michelle Rejwan. Callum Greene, Tommy Gormley and Jason McGatlin serve as executive producers. The screenplay was written by Chris Terrio & J.J. Abrams and the story is by Derek Connolly & Colin Trevorrow and J.J. Abrams & Chris Terrio, based on characters created by George Lucas. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker opens in U.S. theaters on December 20.
The Star Wars team are keeping secrets close to the vest as we lead into the big event. Not much is known about the story at this point. The Resistance is on the run from the First Order, with General Leia dispatching troops across the galaxy to find new freedom fighters and end this war. This trilogy ending sequel for Rey, Finn and Poe is being described as a chess match between the Jedi and Sith. And it promises more lightsaber fights put together than we've seen in any of the previous installments.
The first two posters show our main protagonists, Daisy Ridley as Rey and Adam Driver as Kylo Ren, as they prepare for their final battle. Who will go to the light side, and who eventually side with the dark is up for interpretation at this point. We also have John Boyega as Finn, who perhaps gets the most awkward of these new images. He is joined by flyboy Poe Dameron, as played by Oscar Isaac, looking ready for a good fight. And this time out, we have long missing original trilogy favorite Billy Dee Williams returning as Lando Calrissian, appearing in his yellow costume from his younger days, as seen played by Donald Glover in Solo: A Star Wars Story.
The only two new human characters getting posters are Naomi Ackie as Jannah, who joins Finn in his race across a Star Destroyer on the back of a space horse, and Zorri Bliss, played by Keri Russell, an old friend of Poe Dameron's who remains somewhat a mystery at this time.
Of the evergreen characters, we get C-3PO, though without his much-talked about red glowing eyes or holding Chewbacca's bowcaster. Speaking of Chewbacca, he's here, looking like the dog who's lost his owner, shuffled into the background of almost every hero scene surely to constantly remind us that we're really watching a Star Wars movies. Then we got the droid trio of R2-D2, BB-8 and their new pal D-O, who we hear can bleet out a pretty mean cover of Holy Diver.
Glaring omissions from these posters include Luke Skywalker and his twin sister General Leia. The Emperor also doesn't get a character poster, nor do any of the other First Order members. Perhaps that hints at Kylo Ren's turn to the good side here, and the true return of Ben Solo to the Resistance. You can check out all the posters direct from Disney and Lucasfilm.