As the Star Wars Celebration in Chicago kicked off its panel this afternoon, we’ve finally been given some of the first confirmed details about the upcoming Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Though there are still a lot of things the cast and crew are obviously not allowed to tell us, as is the case with all these mega projects, we were given a bit of information about the film’s timeline.
Director J.J. Abrams, who’s returning to the Star Wars galaxy after heading The Force Awakens four years ago, teased when the latest movie begins in relation to Star Wars: The Last Jedi, stating that there’s “some time” in between the two.
“The movie doesn’t pick up immediately after the last film,” Abrams said. “Some time has passed. This movie is an adventure the group goes on together. One of the great things about getting to work on the movie is the dynamic between all of the characters. They’re amazing together, and it’s something I’m excited for you all to see.”
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That’s certainly some exciting news. As other cast members including Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Oscar Issac joined host Stephen Colbert, director Abrams and Lucasfilm chief Kathleen Kennedy on stage, the anticipation to see them all on one quest together again grew even more, especially since The Last Jedi had the group of characters spread out into different parts of the galaxy.
Fans watching the panel also got to see the iconic Billy Dee Williams come up on stage, not to mention they also got their first look at his return as the smooth talking Lando Calrissian.
Of course, there’ll also be some new characters joining Rey, Finn, and Poe in the upcoming film as well. Again, details are few and far between about their roles, but the latest slate of actors to join the Skywalker saga include Keri Russell, Richard E. Grant, Naomi Ackie, Matt Smith, and Dominic Monaghan.
Since the Star Wars Celebration still has a few days left in Chicago, there’ll surely be more news coming out from it, so be sure to stay tuned to We Got This Covered for more updates on Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker as they arise.