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May 22, 2019

The juicy Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker details you're looking for have arrived.

Vanity Fair is out with a new cover story for the film, which not only includes stunning photos from Annie Leibovitz (one of which shows a lightsaber battle possibly set on the Death Star) but also reveals tons of new information. Here are the most important details:

1. Names galore - Keri Russell is set to play a "masked scoundrel" whose name has been revealed as Zorri Bliss, while Richard E. Grant plays the First Order's Allegiant General Pryde. The film also features a desert planet called Pasaana, home to the Aki-Aki alien race, and a "snow-dusted" planet called Kijimi. Additionally, horse-like creatures called orbaks will be introduced.

2. Knights - The mysterious Knights of Ren from The Force Awakens are indeed back, and Vanity Fair describes them as the "elite fearsome enforcers of Kylo Ren's dark will."

3. As the Force wills it - The Force-connection between Kylo and Rey will "run even deeper than we thought," Vanity Fair reports.

4. War! - The film will "bring to a climax the millennia-long conflict between the Jedi Order and its dark shadow, the Sith," per Vanity Fair's sources.

5. Strong with this one - By the time the movie begins — about a year after The Last Jedi — Rey's training is "almost complete."

6. The chances of... - According to Anthony Daniels, C-3PO will do something in The Rise of Skywalker that "surprises everybody."

7. Royalty - Carrie Fisher's posthumous role will include scenes with her real-life daughter, Billie Lourd.

8. Sinister - More about the origins of the First Order will reportedly be revealed. Could their backstory be tied up with Emperor Palpatine's return?

9. Let the past die - After facing criticism for the overly-familiar nature of The Force Awakens, J.J. Abrams says that for The Rise of Skywalker, he "felt slightly more renegade" and willing to make decisions "not because it adheres to something" but because it "feels right." Brendan Morrow

March 7, 2019

Disney has finally announced the opening dates for its new Star Wars land, and it's not very far, far away.

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, the new 14-acre theme park area, will open at Disneyland in California on May 31, while the opening at Florida's Disney World will be August 29, Disney said on Thursday.

This is earlier than previously anticipated, as Disney had said the opening date would be in the summer for California and in the fall for Florida. Disney Parks on Thursday said the attraction is "debuting early because of high guest interest."

Guests who want to visit the California park between May 31 and June 23 will have to make a reservation, though. And one of the rides, Rise of the Resistance, won't actually be open on day one, as Disney said they will "open the land in phases." But the Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run ride, which lets guests pilot everyone's favorite hunk of junk, will be open from day one.

At Galaxy's Edge, visitors will get to explore a new planet called Batuu, where they can build their own lightsabers, interact with alien creatures, and drink Star Wars themed beverages in a cantina full of scum and villainy. Of course, blue milk will be served. Then again, seeing as this is the most highly-anticipated new Disney attraction in years, the odds of navigating Galaxy's Edge within the first few months without wading through massive lines is approximately 3,720 to 1. Brendan Morrow

December 28, 2018

Carrie Fisher isn't really gone. Three years after death, she will appear posthumously in Star Wars: Episode IX, and her brother has just provided some new details about her role in the movie.

Fisher died in December 2016 before filming on Star Wars: Episode IX could take place, but Lucasfilm announced in July that she would still appear in it, as director J.J. Abrams will incorporate "unseen footage" shot during production of 2015's Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

On Friday, Fisher's brother explained to ABC News that there's "a lot of minutes of footage" of Fisher and that it's not "outtakes" but instead "new content that could be woven into the storyline" and that will "look like it was meant to be." He wouldn't offer any other details, but he did say he's "thrilled" with what Lucasfilm has accomplished.

Fans have speculated that the footage may concern a storyline rumored to have been cut from The Force Awakens that involves General Leia Organa trying to create a superweapon called the Warhammer, IGN reports. It has never been confirmed that this separate Leia plot was filmed, but if it was, it's possible Abrams has been able to incorporate it into the new film.

Star Wars: Episode IX, which will also see the return of Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker and Billy Dee Williams as Lando Calrissian, will hit theaters on Dec. 20, 2019. Brendan Morrow

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