The latest Star Wars: Episode IX rumors have suggested that Adam Driver's Kylo Ren will find his First Order in danger when an unexpected threat from a deadly new dimension called "The Beyond" emerges to crush his empire, as well as the galaxy as a whole.
With director J.J. Abrams set to wrap production on the highly-anticipated sequel later this month, speculation is in overdrive, as details have been few and far between so far. However, according to Making Star Wars, this new realm will be one of mystery and contains an evil that not even the Sith will be able to contend with.
These rumors must obviously be taken with a grain of salt, but they state "it was really important that the Knights of Ren have returned from The Beyond," hinting that's where these soldiers went after briefly appearing in The Force Awakens and why they were completely missing in action from The Last Jedi.
Theorists believe Kylo sent them on a mission to The Beyond so they could gain intel about its mysterious threat and potential incursion, and the Knights' return will indeed kick off the Episode IX saga. Further speculation has it that this could unite Kylo and Rey once more and that Kylo might even be prepared to evolve his Stormtroopers into full-fledged Force users or Sith Stormtroopers to help preserve the fabric of the galaxy.
Directed and co-written by J.J. Abrams, Star Wars: Episode IX stars Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, Billie Lourd, Keri Russell, Matt Smith, Naomi Ackie, Richard E. Grant, Anthony Daniels, Mark Hamill, Billy Dee Williams and Carrie Fisher. The film is set to hit theaters Dec. 20.