Star Wars Celebration panel reveals secrets from 'Episode IX'

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Star Wars Celebration panel reveals secrets from 'Episode IX'

The annual Star Wars fan convention, Star Wars Celebration, officially kicked off in Chicago on Friday (April 12) with the anticipated first look at J.J. Abrams's Star Wars: Episode IX, now formally titled Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Which is to say it's the characters in the film inheriting everything that's come before in previous generations, whether it's sins of the father, whether it's the wisdom that they've acquired.

In the new "Rise of Skywalker" trailer, we hear Luke's voice, presumably speaking to Rey. After Fisher died in late 2016, it was unclear to what extent she would appear in the final film.

Of course, we won't know the true answer to any of this until "The Rise of Skywalker" hits theaters later this year. After the main sequence ends with Rey and Kylo Ren, we're shown a bunch of scenes, including Ren fixing up his helmet, pieces of the Death Star, Lando, Leia, and a lot more. It would also be remiss not to mention that one brief scene of Leia and Rey hugging, one that adds more fuel to the hypothetical fires and one that forces you to wipe a tear or two. Kelly Marie Tran's Rose, Lupita Nyong'o's Maz Kanata, Billie Lourd's Lieutenant Connix, and Domhnall Gleeson's General Hux also returned for the ninth and final film.

Cast members Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, and Adam Driver are all returning to reprise the characters they first began playing in "The Force Awakens".

"Lando never really left me", Williams said to applause.

Back to Jannah, the new character played by Ackie, it indeed sounds like she might be yet another character tied into the legacy of the original trilogy. Fans were delighted. "I got chills".

Abrams confirmed that they're still editing and doing visual effects on the film, but the use of practical effects - as seen in The Force Awakens - is still integral to the heart of the storytelling. She also said that Abrams "cares more than anyone I know". Will we learn that Rey is not, in fact, nobody but actually a Skywalker/Solo/Kenobi/Palpatine/Jinn of some kind? Today, the company revealed the full title for Episode 9, which will wrap up the Skywalker Saga more than 40 years after it first started with A New Hope.

Here's what some folks, including Kevin Smith, are emphatically saying about the just-released teaser for Episode IX, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker over on Twitter.

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