Star Wars has been one of the world's most beloved franchises since the '70s. Its magic is undeniable, especially when you factor in the action, romance and overall sense of adventure fans have been experiencing since Star Wars: A New Hope took us to a galaxy far, far away.
But with the original trilogy and prequels out of the way, J.J. Abrams reignited the franchise thanks to 2015's Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which was followed by Rian Johnson's Star Wars: The Last Jedi. As polarizing as the new series has been so far, though, we're equally excited for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the final chapter in this latest trilogy. So, let's get you up to speed in time for when it hits the big screen on Dec. 20!
HOW DID THE DEBUT TRAILER LOOK?
As expected, with the Star Wars Celebration in Chicago sending fans into a fever pitch, Disney/Lucasfilm released the first trailer at the convention. A special panel, which included Abrams and Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy, as well as the cast gave fans a look at probably the biggest teaser the franchise has ever had.
Filming wrapped in February, so while post-production is still underway, we didn't expect too much and Abrams cleverly remains coy with key details. It's mostly based in a desert setting, throwing back to Rian Johnson's The Last Jedi, featuring Rey rocking her new white lightsaber. We also see her friends, Poe Dameron, Finn, C-3PO and Co., on swashbuckling adventures on this same planet, hinting the film won't be taking place in space as much. However, quick, beautifully cinematic shots to take our heroes to various locations, teasing a potential treasure hunt across the galaxy again.
WHO'S STARRING IN IT?
On the Light Side, the Resistance will be led by the usual suspects: Daisy Ridley as Rey, John Boyega as Finn and Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron. We're also anxious to see how Abrams sends the late Carrie Fisher off as General Leia. Her daughter, Billie Lourd, returns as rebel officer Connix, with Kelly Marie Tran's Rose Tico, Joonas Suotamo's Chewbacca, Anthony Daniels' C-3PO, Lupita Nyong'o's Maz Kanata, Billy Dee Williams's Lando Calrissian and, last but not least, Mark Hamill's Luke Skywalker (as a Force ghost) helping fight the First Order. Richard E. Grant, Naomi Ackie and Keri Russell are also involved in undisclosed roles.
When it comes to the Dark Side, Adam Driver's Kylo Ren is back as leader of the First Order after he killed Supreme Leader Snoke. The biggest surprise, however, comes with Ian McDiarmid reprising his role as Emperor Palpatine. They'll be joined by Domhnall Gleeson, who's returning as General Hux. Of course, with a Darth Vader appearance rumored, we don't know if James Earl Jones or Hayden Christensen will cameo, or if Frank Oz will again play Yoda.