New characters and worlds revealed for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

New characters and worlds revealed for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Sadly, Fisher passed away in 2016, but Abrams explained to Vanity Fair that this did not preclude Leia's involvement in The Rise of Skywalker's story. The reveals are part of a cover story with exclusive photos by the franchise's go-to photographer Annie Leibovitz. Daisy Ridley returns alongside John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Domhnall Gleeson and Kelly Marie Tran when the Star Wars conclusion hits theaters on December 20. It's less about grandeur. It's less about restoring an old age. "It's more about preserving a sense of freedom and not being one of the oppressed".

In the caption for Keri Russell's character it also mentioned the Thieves' Quarter on Kijimi.

We still have no idea exactly who this character is or what side of the fence she'll be playing, and Russell herself hasn't been much help, only offering, "I do have the coolest costume". The desert planet where we see Rey and most of the cast in the new images is actually called Pasaana and was filmed in Jordan's Wadi Rum desert.

Finn struggled with finding his place in the first two films of the sequel trilogy, but by the time The Rise of Skywalker rolls around, we'll see him fully steeped in the role of a Resistance officer.

Elsewhere, it's confirmed that the film picks up one year after the end of The Last Jedi, we learn the name of the desert planet from the trailer - it's called Pasaana, with native aliens called the Aki-Aki - and discover that Richard E. Grant is going full-Cushing as a sour-faced First Order leader by the name of Allegiant General Pryde. It is unclear what relationship these two military minds share, but whatever it may be, it can not mean good things for the Resistance. We hear about them in The Force Awakens when Snoke refers to Kylo as the "master of the Knights of Ren", and they appear briefly in a Force vision that Rey has, but they're noticeably absent from both The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi.

Editor's Note: Vanity Fair updated their articles saying simply that the Knights of Ren are back and took out the mention of Kylo Ren fighting them. This is sure to raise questions as to what has happened between Ben Solo and the mysterious organization.

One of the other big teases is the evolving relationship between Rey and Kylo Ren into "Episode IX". Despite going seemingly their separate ways, the piece reveals that the force-bond between the pair is still there and will be deeper than previously thought.

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