During Disney’s ‘Star Wars Celebration’ panel this week, the studio offered fans a first-look at “Star Wars: Episode IX,” or “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” as it’s called now. The next release will be the final installment to the Skywalker saga and it will include an unspecified time jump since the events of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” The studio wrapped production on the film back in February 2019 and Disney will release the movie on December 20th.

J.J Abrams directed “Star Wars: ,” working off a script that he co-wrote with Chris Terrio. As we mentioned earlier, this film is expected to close the chapter on the Skywalker tales, which have been the backbone of the main franchise for over 40 years at this point. Disney stated that the Star Wars franchise will go on hiatus, following the release of Episode IX. Fans still have the live-action “The Mandalorian” to watch on Disney+ when it launches later this year, and the new animated-series “Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” which is getting a new season on the service.

The cast includes Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Billie Lourd, and Kelly Marie Tran. The new film will add Keri Russell and Billy Dee Williams to the story as well. The odds are good that Mark Hamill will appear somewhere in the movie, and the project used earlier works of the late Carrie Fisher to close her role in the story.

Disney is hoping to rule the December 2019 box office this year with “Star Wars: “. The three highest-grossing openings in December already belong to the Star Wars franchise, and it will be interesting to see where Episode IX lands on the list.

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” had the highest December opening of all time; the film made $247M on its debut weekend in 2015 before going on to make over $2B for the studio. “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” had the second highest opening, bringing in $220M before going on to make over $1.3B in 2017. “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” landed in third-place overall on the chart, making $155M on its opening weekend in 2016. That installment went on to make over $1.05B worldwide for the studio.

Fans will have to wait a little longer to get an official trailer for the film, as Disney likes to slowly release these teasers over several weeks.

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