Star Wars: Episode IX – Teaser
Every generation has a legend. Watch the brand-new teaser for Star Wars: Episode IX.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (also known as Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker) is an upcoming American epic space-operafilm produced, co-written and directed by J. J. Abrams. It will be the third and final installment of the Star Wars sequel trilogy, following The Force Awakens (2015) and The Last Jedi (2017), and the ninth and final episode of the main Star Wars film franchise. The film was produced by Lucasfilm and Bad Robot Productions and is scheduled to be distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.
The Rise of Skywalker is part of a trilogy of films announced after Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm in October 2012. Colin Trevorrow was announced as the film’s director in mid-2015, but left the project by late 2017 due to creative differences. He was replaced by Abrams, who previously directed The Force Awakens. Most of the cast of the previous two movies reprise their roles, and Billy Dee Williams and Ian McDiarmid return to the franchise onscreen for the first time since 1983’s Return of the Jedi and 2005’s Revenge of the Sith, respectively. Principal photography began in August 2018 at Pinewood Studios near London and wrapped on February 15, 2019.
The Rise of Skywalker is scheduled to be released in the United States on December 20, 2019.
The first film, later subtitled Episode IV – A New Hope, was followed by two sequels, Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983), collectively referred to as the original trilogy. A subsequent prequel trilogy, consisting of Episode I – The Phantom Menace(1999), Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002) and Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005), completed what Lucas later called the “tragedy of Darth Vader“. Finally, a sequel trilogy began with Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015), continued with Episode VIII – The Last Jedi (2017), and will conclude with Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker in 2019. The first eight films were nominated for Academy Awards (with wins going to the first two released) and were commercially successful. Together with the theatrical Anthology films Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) and Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018), the films combined box office revenue equates to over US$9 billion, and is currently the second-highest-grossing film franchise.
The film series expanded into other media, including television series, video games, novels, comic books, theme park attractions and themed areas, resulting in an all encompassing fictional universe. Star Wars holds a Guinness World Records title for the “Most successful film merchandising franchise”. In 2018, the total value of the Star Wars franchise was estimated at US$65 billion, and it is currently the fifth-highest-grossing media franchise of all-time.