As a part of a film franchise known for keeping a tight lid on production details, the Star Wars: Episode IX cast members have a long road in front of them. While fans have plenty of questions after seeing The Last Jedi, both newcomers and returning performers are responsible for keeping even the slightest detail a secret until the film is released on December 20, 2019. The corporate overlords at Disney want to ensure it's almost impossible to learn about the upcoming film without doing deep digging.
Fans are free to make as many theories about the next Star Wars movie as they want, but some tidbits of Star Wars: Episode IX news have made their way to the public. This list compiles everything we know about the next film in the Star Wars franchise, and considering how tight-lipped the production is, there's more than you might think.
Lucasfilm released a nostalgic montage of old characters complete with brand-new footage during the D23 Expo in August. The footage features a battle between Kylo Ren and Rey, with Rey in a dark hood and sporting a red duel lightsaber.
Fans speculate that Rey's new look could be a vision of the Force, a ruse, or evidence the Sith have corrupted the newest Jedi.
Keri Russell of Felicity fame joined the cast as a new character, but there are few details of her Star Wars role. The announcement included one key detail: the part will reportedly require "action-heavy fight scenes," which shouldn't be a problem for Russell after her performances in The Americans, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and Mission: Impossible 3.
Russell's character goes by Zorri Bliss and she is described as a "masked scoundrel." Vanity Fair revealed her official costume in a photo shoot in the "Thieves’ Quarter of the snow-dusted world, Kijimi."
On April 12, 2019, Disney dropped the first official teaser for Episode IX and revealed the title: The Rise of Skywalker.
Along with special appearances from Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill's voice, the teaser focuses on Rey testing her power with the Force paralleled by Kylo Ren's dark reign.
Vanity Fair sat down with JJ Abrams, who described the desert valley Wadi Rum in southern Jordan where the entire cast and crew (including a 70-person staffed creature-effects department) gathered to shoot scenes on the planet Pasaana. Abrams said the complicated location is effective in part because "there’s something about the way that the light and the environment and everything plays together."
To shoot in the Wadi Rum, the crew had to build a road miles into the desert and set up camp. Apparently, the Jordanian royal family and military both became involved, and the crew endured sandstorms and other natural complications.