Rise Of Skywalker: 10 Characters Who Could Be Killed Off (And Why)

While the name of the ninth Star Wars movie is The Rise of Skywalker, it’s actually primed to be the final outing of the family who has been the focal point of the entire franchise since the very beginning in 1977. Ever since Disney took control of the series, they’ve not hesitated to kill off some big characters, from Han Solo in The Force Awakens to Luke Skywalker himself in The Last Jedi.

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With that in mind, some casualties may be expected when it hits screens this December. Finales usually mean exactly that. We now take a look at 10 individuals who could meet their end this holiday season.

10 Chewbacca

When Disney acquired Star Wars and announced that there would be a sequel to Return of the Jedi after all these years, fans couldn’t wait to see more of the heroes from the original trilogy. It was a case of getting the gang back together, with the actors all agreeing to reprise their roles as the original quartet.

But, two movies down, Fisher and Mayhew have sadly passed away while Ford and Hamill’s characters have died on the big screen. Joonas Suotamo is now the man charged with playing the Wookie, but, with Disney sacrificing the characters from the original trilogy first, it wouldn’t be a surprise if he were to meet a heroic end as well.

9 Leia Organa

Fisher’s death prompted rumors that director Rian Johnson would find a way to write her out of The Last Jedi. However, by the end of the eighth installment of the Skywalker saga, her iconic character was very much alive. The movie concluded with her sitting alongside the main trio in the Millenium Falcon.

It has been announced that JJ Abrams will use footage never seen before from The Force Awakens to ensure that Leia still plays a key part in The Rise of Skywalker. It seems hard from a narrative perspective to see her being given a fittingly emotional end, however, unless Leia passes on the mantle or even makes a huge sacrifice in battle.

8 Lando Calrissian

Speaking of sacrifices, Billy Dee Williams has admitted he would love the world to forgive Lando Calrissian’s treachery from The Empire Strikes Back, despite him making amends the following movie. And what better way for Lando to prove once and for all he’s a truly good guy at heart by sacrificing himself for the greater cause?

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As mentioned before, Disney has focused on killing off the heroes from the first three Star Wars outings, and Lando was certainly one of those. Just because he’s back for Rise of Skywalker doesn’t mean he’ll see it out to the end.

7 Kylo Ren

If Kylo Ren continues to take the path towards the dark side—and when we saw him at the end of The Last Jedi, he definitely looked like doing that—then it’s hard to see him surviving. He is the sequel trilogy’s version of Darth Vader, and we all know how that one played out.

Some fans want Star Wars to take the franchise is in a different direction, one where Kylo won’t be redeemed and follow in the footsteps of his grandfather. But, even if he does turn, it would likely be in the same sacrificial way. With Rey and the Resistance expected to win the ultimate battle, that would almost certainly mean Kylo ending up on the losing side. And, in Star Wars, that usually means death.

6 The Knights Of Ren

WhenThe Force Awakens trailer dropped years ago, introducing us to the mysterious Knights of Ren, their very appearance had fans excited. There was an aura of mystery about them and, when they only appeared in a fleeting cameo, people anticipated a moment featuring them in The Last Jedi. However, once again, they were omitted.

Thanks to set photos released by Vanity Fair, we know they’re in this movie. But the teaser trailer sees Kylo Ren appearing to bodyslam one and, if that’s the case, then they could go the same way as the Praetorian Guard, who were also slain by the First Order kingpin and Rey following the death of Supreme Leader Snoke.

5 Finn

It’s not just characters from the original trilogy and villains of the three sequels who may meet their end in The Rise of Skywalker. There’s also no guarantee that John Boyega’s Finn will still be alive by the blockbuster’s conclusion. With the character having come close to death on two occasions so far, he may not be lucky the third time.

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Finn was extremely fortunate to survive his showdown with Kylo Ren in the snowy woods of Starkiller Base, sustaining intense injuries. Had it not been for Rose Tico, he would have died on the planet of Crait and, with trailer footage showing the former Stormtrooper in the midst of the battle in JJ Abrams’ motion picture, fans can be forgiven for fearing for his safety.

4 General Hux

General Hux is rather lucky to still be alive at this point, given how he’s failed almost every task assigned to him. Seriously, since ordering the attack on the Hosnian system, he’s had Starkiller Base blow up on his watch, been outsmarted by Poe Dameron, been unable to protect Supreme Leader Snoke, and fallen well short in his attempts to wipe out the last of the Resistance fleet.

Snoke forgave him for his mistakes, but his strained relationship with Kylo Ren means there’s a good chance that the First Order leader will finally snap and murder his deputy. Ben Solo isn’t Snoke, after all, and their battle for power is only likely to end up with one winner.

3 C3PO

While Luke, Leia, Han, and Chewbacca were the poster people of the original trilogy, C3PO and R2D2 are the only characters to appear in all eight chapters of the Skywalker saga. R2D2 doesn’t seem to do much these days, but rumors suggest C3PO may be prominent in this film.

And what better way to show that it really is the end of the Skywalker saga than have C3PO cease to exist? He had seen the Empire rise and fall and witnessed the First Order take its place. He’s had a good life and a good run, but, to quote Kylo Ren, it’s ‘time to let the past die.’ That may include everybody’s favorite protocol droid.

2 Palpatine

Pretty much every Star Wars fan was taken aback when, midway through The Last Jedi, Supreme Leader Snoke was sensationally killed by Kylo Ren. However, despite the fact the gold-wearing dark-side user is no longer around, The Rise of Skywalker will have an even bigger villain in the form of Palpatine.

But while Palpatine is coming back for one last laugh, it appears highly unlikely that he will be victorious. And then, it’s possible that Disney will just give Ian McDiarmid’s character a second on-screen death to go with the first. Don’t get us wrong, we’re excited for his return. The question is: will it be worth it?

1 Rey

Look, we’re not saying that we expect Rey to die. She’s the protagonist of the entire sequel trilogy, after all. But if Disney wants to show it was worth acquiring Star Wars and tinkering with the material of George Lucas, they need to find a way for the saga to close in a way it deserves. And, by killing off Daisy Ridley’s character, it would certainly set it apart from Return of the Jedi.

In that movie, the Rebels win without any casualties. But what if, this time, they win because Rey loses her life for the sake of the galaxy? It’s not inconceivable to think that the girl who Kylo Ren labeled a ‘nobody’ will save EVERYBODY at the end. With Palpatine back in the fold, and Kylo Ren stronger than the last time we saw him, Rey will have to produce something pretty special to keep the bad guys at bay.

NEXT: Rise Of Skywalker: 6 Things We Want Palpatine To Do (& 4 We Don’t)

2019-07-13 11:07:34

Jack Otway

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Reportedly Getting SDCC Panel

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will reportedly have a panel during this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. Lucasfilm always has a presence at the premier pop culture convention, but in their Disney era, the only film to take over Hall H was 2015’s The Force Awakens. Back then, director J.J. Abrams and the cast were on hand to help usher fans into a new era for the galaxy far, far away and then surprise them with a concert performed by the San Diego Symphony Orchestra. The other modern Star Wars movies were promoted at different summertime events like Celebration Europe 2016 and the 2017 D23 Expo.

As fate would have it, Abrams returned to Star Wars to helm Episode IX, which concludes the sequel trilogy and the entire Skywalker saga. In many ways, it represents the end of an era before Lucasfilm looks ahead to new horizons like the film series being developed by Rian Johnson and David Benioff & D.B. Weiss. Perhaps it’s fitting the slate that began with Abrams four years ago ends with him definitively closing the book. And in an instance of things coming full circle, it looks like Abrams and company will be returning to Comic-Con.

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According to Making Star WarsThe Rise of Skywalker will have a panel during Comic-Con 2019, which takes place July 18 – 21. Screen Rant contacted Disney for comment and will update this space accordingly.

No official details have been revealed yet, but this wouldn’t be surprising if it proved to be true. Celebration Chicago (where the first Episode IX trailer debuted) took place earlier this month, and D23 2019 (where The Mandalorian will allegedly be featured) isn’t until August. While there will be several other major Hollywood properties vying for attention during Comic-Con, that week is still a golden opportunity for Lucasfilm to continue their Rise of Skywalker marketing campaign. In keeping with their previous practices, it wouldn’t be surprising if the studio showed a behind-the-scenes sizzle reel exploring the making of Episode IX during the panel. It’s not a coincidence ones for Force Awakens and Last Jedi came out in July of their respective years of release.

One thing fans should not expect to see, however, is announcements about future films. Lucasfilm is putting the Star Wars movies on hiatus for a couple of years after The Rise of Skywalker as they iron out what they want to do next. With the next wave of films so far off, it seems highly unlikely they’ll even be mentioned during this particular Comic-Con panel (especially since there will be another Star Wars Celebration come 2020). The focus here is going to be on the present, hyping up Episode IX before its premiere in theaters this December. And since so much of the film remains under wraps right now, hopefully there are some fun reveals in store.

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Source: Making Star Wars

2019-04-22 08:04:03

Chris Agar

Star Wars Already Made Rey a TRUE Skywalker (You Just Missed It)

When the Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker title was finally revealed, fans didn’t hesitate to assume what it meant. For some, it was a confirmation that Luke would return as a Force Ghost. For others, it proved the longstanding theory that Rey is secretly a Skywalker descendant. But believe it or not, Rey may have already proven herself to be the first true Skywalker in the Star Wars story… the name just doesn’t mean what fans think it does.

Genetically, the mystery of the true meaning or origin behind the ‘Skywalker’ name can only go as far back as Anakin’s mother on the planet Tatooine. Sticking with that exclusive bloodline theory, The Rise of Skywalker title can only refer to the salvation of Luke, Anakin, or maybe Kylo Ren. But the Star Wars universe has offered a new, deeper explanation that suggests Rey may be the sky-walker that neither Anakin nor Luke ever managed to become. And Star Wars 9 can finally make it canon.

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The family tree belonging to Anakin and Luke is, sadly, a short one to trace back to the roots. The birth and selection of Anakin as ‘The Chosen one’ makes up the plot of Star Wars: Episode 1. And while Mark Hamill may not consider Luke a virgin, his grandmother Shmi Skywalker maintained that Anakin had no father when she spontaneously conceived the baby. The Star Wars comics have offered some explicit explanation on that front, showing Emperor Palpatine creating baby Anakin inside of his mother’s womb through the Dark Side of the Force. But believe us, the mystery of where her surname comes from is only scratching the surface of the new ‘sky-walker’ lore.

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To appreciate what makes Rey the first Skywalker to actually live up to the name–without any caveats, shortcomings, or outright failings–fans will be surprised to learn that the name has been given a potential origin from beyond the known galaxy of the main Star Wars story. Either that, or it’s another case of a galaxy-wide, shared heritage never touched on (and it just being accepted that ‘The Force’ is the name everyone arrived at on their own). The explanation may not literally describe how Shmi Skywalker was given her name, but thematically, directly links her with Rey as women tossed aside into servitude, who did the unthinkable when the Force willed it.

The Star Wars novels have offered plenty of changes to the existing fiction, but have also worked some beloved elements back into canon–the fearsome Admiral Thrawn chief among those demanded by fans. Surprisingly, it’s Thrawn who helps to explain the origins of the name Skywalker. Or if not the origins then at least another meaning of the term found elsewhere in the galaxy far, far away.

The ‘Skywalker’ explanation comes in the novel Thrawn: Alliances by author Timothy Zahn, in a story that covers the first time the blue-skinned military genius encountered Anakin Skywalker, instantly recognizing the name as one of great significance. But among his own people, not those of the Republic… and used as a title to signify much, much more than just a family. SPOILER warning!

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Now for those who don’t know everything about Admiral Thrawn, we’ll skip the details (and recommend watching Star Wars: Rebels to know why he’s a fantastic villain). What’s important for the understanding of the ‘Skywalker’ name is that in Alliances, Thrawn explains why his people–known as The Chiss Ascendancy–aren’t known by the rest of the Republic. They reside within the expanse of space known as the Unknown Regions, so named because according to Thrawn “a chain of supernovas” has turned the area beyond the Outer Rim into an ever-changing minefield of debris and cosmic phenomena. Which is where The Force comes in handy.

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Thrawn explains that the strategy developed by his people to navigate this natural death trap is “the most closely guarded secret of the Chiss Ascendancy.” When he is paired with Darth Vader by Emperor Palpatine directly, he is forced to reveal why a batch of kidnapped Chiss children represent a massive threat to their entire civilization:

We do not have nav computers able to plot safe paths through the chaos of the Unknown Regions hyperspace… Nor do the Chiss produce appreciable numbers of Force-sensitives, though we call their gift Third Sight. But when such rare individuals are born, they come to us with but one ability, that of precognition… Only children have enough precognitive power to safely guide our ships at the speeds the Aristocras demand. As to their gender… Those with the gift are nearly always female. There are exceptions, but that is the general rule. No one knows why.

In the novel, Darth Vader is stunned to learn that the Chiss employ children to pilot their most important ships through hyperspace, relying only on Force sensitivity that will eventually fade as the children grow. Vader is also stunned because the idea of navigating long distance hyperspace jumps manually never occurred to him. He attempts the feat personally during their mission, and performs perfectly–drifting this way and that when sensing the Force guiding him, or warning of approaching threats. It is then that Thrawn reveals (with a smirk) the full truth about these Force-guided child pilots:

There was a flicker in Thrawn’s sense. Vader looked up, to see a small smile on his face. “I was simply recalling a memory. I told you the Chiss call this talent Third Sight. What I hadn’t yet spoken of is the title these navigators are given once they take their posts… The Cheunh word is ozyly-esehembo. In Basic, it translates to ‘sky-walker.’ You can imagine my momentary confusion when I first encountered General Anakin Skywalker.

The novel plays with the impression that Thrawn recognizes Anakin Skywalker and Darth Vader are the same man, separated by years. Hence his observation of the ‘sky-walker’ name given to Anakin finally being fulfilled under his own guidance. And it is a powerful image he conjures, of the noble and vital role played by The Sky-Walkers: to accept an immense burden as a child, subject oneself to training in the Force, so that you may lead an entire people safely behind you. For only the sky-walkers can see both present and future, and react to shape the reality of dozens, hundreds, thousands of others as they wish.

It is a sacrifice made willingly in almost all cases, and the parallels between Anakin, Luke, and Rey are so clear… they could only bear the name Skywalker. But where Anakin and Luke failed in their mission to lead an entire galaxy towards a safer tomorrow, the early looks at Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker appears to make Rey the one who will get the job done for good. In the new understanding of the term, that alone makes her the truest hero to ever bear the title of Sky-walker… whether she carries the name or not.

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2019-04-20 05:04:35

Andrew Dyce

The Rise Of Skywalker: 5 Star Wars IX Title Predictions That Were Better (& 5 That Were Worse)

Well, after months upon months of speculation, we finally know what Star Wars Episode IX, the long-awaited final chapter of the saga, is going to be called: The Rise of Skywalker. There are dozens of title theories out there that turned out to be wrong because Star Wars fans hate not knowing things. If there’s a thing they don’t know, they’ll guess what it is until they’re told.

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There were some pretty cool predictions. It’s tough to theorize about which titles would’ve been better and which titles would’ve been worse because none of us have seen the movie. The filmmakers gave Episode IX the title The Rise of Skywalker, because they know the plot and they know that that’s what it should be called. Still, let’s give it a go. Here are 5 Star Wars IX Title Predictions That Were Better Than The Rise Of Skywalker (And 5 That Were Worse).

10 Worse: The Spark of Hope

The theorized title The Spark of Hope was taken from The Last Jedi’s opening crawl text when fans realized The Last Jedi’s title was taken from the opening crawl text of The Force Awakens.

The title possibilities in The Last Jedi’s opening crawl were pretty scant, so all they got from it was Spark of Hope. To be fair, it does also reference Poe Dameron’s great quote: “We are the spark that will light the fire that’ll burn the First Order down.” But The Spark of Hope just sounds silly. Is this a Star Wars movie or a wannabe Terrence Malick movie? The Rise of Skywalker is a far better title.

9 Better: The Will of the Force

A Redditor proposed the incredible title The Will of the Force. The only problem with this title is that it’s a little repetitive. The Last Jedi felt repetitive, reusing the word “Jedi” just two movies away (in terms of continuity) from Return of the Jedi, and The Will of the Force, if that had been the title used, would’ve been two movies away from The Force Awakens.

But still, it’s a great title for this movie. It seems as though, thematically, this is going to be a movie about the way the Force pulls people. Palpatine has used the Force to keep his physical body alive for so long, Luke has become one with the Force in death, Rey is questioning the Light Side, Kylo Ren is questioning the Dark Side – this would’ve been an awesome title for that!

8 Worse: The New Order Rises

This is a pretty cool title, and it was Screen Rant’s official prediction for what the title would be. The only issue is that if this was the title, it would spoil the ending. If something called “the New Order” were to rise, that would mean the Resistance won and the First Order crumbled and peace had been restored to the galaxy.

Now, while anyone can see that that’s almost definitely how the movie is going to end, we need to be kept in suspense by the title as we head into the movie, and that’s why The Rise of Skywalker works so effectively as a title. The New Order Rises would be a great title for the first chapter in the next trilogy: Episodes X-XII (if that even happens).

7 Better: Ashes of the Empire

The Last Jedi was taken from The Force Awakens’ opening crawl text, so some fans figured the Episode IX title would be taken from the opening crawl of The Last Jedi. When a lot of them found little in terms of title possibilities in that text, they turned their sights back to The Force Awakens’ opening crawl and found the phrase “ashes of the Empire.”

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Ashes of the Empire would be an awesome title, because it sounds semi-obscure, like the title of an Expanded Universe novel and not a core saga movie. And as we’ve seen from the trailer, the ruins of Death Star II – the literal ashes of the Empire – are heavily involved in the plot, so the title would fit.

6 Worse: Return of the Balance

It was one thing that The Last Jedi repeated the word “Jedi” from a previous Star Wars title, but to copy the whole phrase “Return of the…” from the chronologically previous trilogy’s big finale would be a step too far. Plus, “Balance” doesn’t work as a buzzword in the same way as “Clones” or “Sith.”

It refers to the balance of the Force – and Balance of the Force might not have been a bad title – but that’s not clear to passive moviegoers and it just doesn’t grab the audience in the same way a really great title like The Rise of Skywalker does.

5 Better: Children of the Force

Another suggestion from Reddit, the incredible title Children of the Force gets rid of the pesky “The”s that have marred the sequel trilogy’s titles and brings back the classic “of the” titles that promise action and transition and conflict.

This is the end of the Skywalker saga, and who are the Skywalkers? Children of the Force! Luke and Leia are children of children of the Force. Kylo Ren is a child of a child of a child of the Force. So, this title would tie everything together. It would also follow up on the promise of the next generation of heroes teased by the appearance of “Broom Boy” at the end of The Last Jedi. The only downside is the horror-y shades of Children of the Corn that the title conjures up.

4 Worse: Legacy of the Jedi

This one wouldn’t work. It makes sense as a progression of the story. The Jedi Order was put to rest in The Last Jedi and now, the new generation of heroes will be inspired by the myths of the Jedi, hence the importance of their “legacy.”

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However, you can’t follow one movie with “Jedi” in the title with another movie with “Jedi” in the title. And “Legacy of the…” just doesn’t have the same cinematic oomph as “Revenge of the…” or “Attack of the…” It makes it feel like a postscript or an afterthought, not the “all-out war” that John Boyega has promised it’ll be.

3 Better: To Restore Hope

One Redditor theorized that Episode IX would be called To Restore Hope in order to complete the following phrase: “The Force awakens the last Jedi to restore hope.” It reuses the “hope” motif that has driven the whole saga and brings the sequel trilogy full circle as Luke’s journey to save the galaxy by confronting the very real darkness inside him.

To Restore Hope doesn’t follow the usual Star Wars titling formula of “The Something” or “Something of the Something,” but this is a different kind of movie and a very special part of the Star Wars saga (by being its conclusion). An unconventional title would be a great way to sell that.

2 Worse: The Knights of Ren

While a leaked poster revealed the complete bunch of the Knights of Ren, finally together to wreak havoc, The Knights of Ren wouldn’t make a great title for Episode IX. It would be an awesome title for a Star Wars movie, but it can’t be the name of the last one. This is the culmination of the Skywalker saga; a definitive end to the journey that we’ve been on since 1977.

So, the title can’t just be thrown away on something like The Knights of Ren. It needs something grandiose that emphasizes the finality of that journey, like The Rise of Skywalker. This title can still be used for a video game or tie-in novel, but it wouldn’t make a great Episode IX title.

1 Better: The End

This is the one that most fans thought it would be, to the point that a logo for it was widely circulated online, because it is the end. This is the end of the Skywalker saga – the final chapter of the core Star Wars storyline we’ve been following since the beginning.

The End isn’t like the titles other Star Wars movies have – it’s more final and unambiguous than those other Star Wars titles – but isn’t that kind of the point? It marks a departure from theatrical titles, just like the movie itself marks the story’s departure from the Skywalker bloodline.

NEXT: The Star Wars 9 Title Doesn’t Mean Rey Is A Skywalker

2019-04-18 01:04:37

Ben Sherlock

Luke Skywalker Didn’t Die A Virgin According to Mark Hamill

Speculation is running wild as to what will happen in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, but Mark Hamill has solved one Star Wars mystery: Luke Skywalker didn’t die a virgin. Luke is, of course, Hamill’s iconic role from the original Star Wars trilogy, as well as Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Wars: The Last Jedi. 

Throughout the Star Wars series, Luke wasn’t really seen to have many love interests, except for that one time where he was attracted to his sister. For the most part, Luke was more focused on becoming a Jedi and taking down the Empire than with finding his soulmate. After all, marriage is forbidden according to the Jedi Code since “Fear of loss is a path to the Dark Side” according to Yoda. Obviously, the importance of this rule was shown in the prequel trilogy with Anakin and Padmé’s forbidden love, but Luke was clearly different than Darth Vader in a lot of ways. Luke met his demise in Star Wars: The Last Jedi after helping the Resistance escape the clutches of the First Order, but in Hamill’s mind, Luke didn’t die a virgin.

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Hamill obviously has to be tight-lipped about his involvement in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, but he had no problem replying to Lilah Sturges when she asked about Luke’s virginity. When asking whether or not his character died a virgin, Hamill replied, “Make up your own backstory. It’s undetermined, but in the one I made for him myself, the answer is: no.” The full tweet with Hamill’s reply can be seen below.

In the past, Hamill has been very vocal about his beliefs for Luke. Star Wars fans will remember that Hamill once said he fundamentally disagreed with what Rian Johnson was doing with Luke’s story arc in The Last Jedi, but he has since grown to regret his criticisms. Hamill has also revealed his original ideas concerning Luke in The Force Awakens, which would have reunited Luke, Han, and Leia. Most recently, Hamill hinted that his role in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker might just end up being a cameo.

Needless to say, Hamill always seems open to talking to his fans about Star Wars and Luke, even though he can’t reveal anything about future movies. While Hamill can’t officially confirm or deny whether Luke died a virgin, it does bring the expanded Star Wars universe into question. Star Wars Legends of course introduced Luke’s wife named Mara Jade, who is a fan favorite character from the Star Wars novels. Together they had one child named Ben Skywalker, although neither Mara Jade nor their son have been introduced in the movies thus far and Star Wars Legends was removed from canon following Disney’s purchase of Lucasfilm. After the title reveal of Episode IX and the fact that J.J. Abrams recently said there is more to learn about Rey’s parentage, the truth behind Luke’s virginity may actually be revealed in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker – but probably not.

More: It Was Always The Plan To Bring Back Palpatine In Star Wars 9

Source: Mark Hamill/Twitter

2019-04-17 10:04:09

Christopher Fiduccia

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Hides a Secret Joke in Its Poster

The Star Wars movies may not be famous for comedy writing or funny word play, but the series’ best inside joke has just been made in the teaser poster for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Of course, almost no fan will ever notice it.

At first glance the idea that a joke is even possible to hide in the first poster for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker might seem impossible. After all, the teaser poster is simply a black star field with the logo (blue colored this time) floating in space, and “December” pasted along the bottom to tease the holiday release date. But if Star Wars fans search their feelings, and stop watching the Rise of Skywalker trailer on repeat, they will discover one of the subtlest poster gags in recent memory. What better time to honor the Skywalkers than before their “rise”?

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The joke comes from the fact that the Rise of Skywalker poster is basically identical in design to the teaser posters for both Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Wars: The Last Jedi. All with the same logo treatment, month, and only color to distinguish them. Until you have reason to view them in rapid succession, or in a group. Take a look at the joke for yourselves:

It may seem to some as a minor mistake in marketing precision, but no such error has been made. The title treatment for both The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi are placed in the identical high-middle space in the star field–down to the pixel. The same goes for the “December” across all three posters. But in The Rise of Skywalker‘s teaser even the naked eye can see that in keeping with its title and story, the logo treatment itself is… well, rising.

The marketing departments for blockbuster films don’t usually get much credit for a sense of humor or creative vision when it comes to posters using so little to ‘announce’ a film. Typically used as placeholders until finished artwork can be completed for release, it made sense for both The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi to stick to a shared formula–adding a sense of tradition and anticipation based only on the Star Wars brand and the inherent mystery of the next film’s title. And while fans may still be wondering what The Rise of Skywalker title actually means, this exquisite bit of sure-to-be-overlooked humor may also inspire some hope.

The odds aren’t good for Rey, Finn, Poe, Rose, or the rest of the Resistance heroes now that Emperor Palpatine has returned, and Luke Skywalker is no longer beside them to help save the day. But if even the poster for this final chapter in the Skywalker story can’t help but rise now that Luke has become one with The Force… maybe everything will work out after all? Add the fact that the logo is slightly smaller, as if moving forward leaving the viewer behind–and the release month is now made whole as opposed to a cold wire frame–the filmmakers seem to be preparing the audience for finally watching their beloved heroes ride off into the sunset. Or whatever the space equivalent might be.

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2019-04-14 10:04:31

Andrew Dyce

Star Wars: 8 Theories Confirmed (And 2 Denied) By The Rise Of Skywalker Trailer

Fans finally have a title for the concluding film of the Skywalker saga–Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. In addition to the title, fans were also treated to the thrilling first teaser trailer for the film.

Naturally, fans have been creating and sharing theories for this movie ever since The Last Jedi hit theaters in December of 2017. While the validity of many theories won’t be known until The Rise of Skywalker is released, certain theories were confirmed or denied by the teaser trailer. This list will steer clear of things that were already known before the trailer like that Carrie Fisher would would reprise the role of Leia via unused footage from The Force Awakens or that Mark Hamill would be returning as well–though it’s still heartwarming to see Leia hugging Rey and hearing Luke Skywalker’s voice narrating the trailer.

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10 Confirmed: Rey Will Rebuild The Skywalker Lightsaber

It is the most iconic lightsaber in Star Wars, Anakin Skywalker’s blue lightsaber that Obi-Wan passed down to Luke, and many years later it would be passed down to Rey. The weapon was broken in The Last Jedi, though Rey recovered the two halves. The trailer revealed early on that Rey won’t be constructing an entirely new lightsaber and instead will reforge the legendary lightsaber she wielded in The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi. It is fitting to take this route in a story that will bring the entire Skywalker saga to a conclusion.

9 Confirmed: Unused Concepts From The Force Awakens

In the years since The Force Awakens was released, fans have been treated to a variety of stunning concept art for the film. Some of the concept art is close to what the actual movie was like while other images are drastically different. With J.J. Abrams returning to direct and co-write The Rise of Skywalker, there was speculation that he could use unused concept art from The Force Awakens. This is absolutely the case as the trailer shows Rey, Finn, Poe, Chewbacca, C-3PO, BB-8 and his new droid D-O friend on a mission related to the underwater remains of the Death Star. The Force Awakens concept art included underwater remains of the second Death Star, a concept unused for that movie that Abrams is now utilizing in a huge way for The Rise of Skywalker.

8 Confirmed: Major Connections To The Prequel Trilogy

With this film wrapping up not just the sequel trilogy but also the entire Skywalker saga, many fans have hoped for significant connections to the prequel trilogy. Between its characters and themes, the sequel trilogy has had plenty of connections to the original trilogy, but not as much with the prequels.

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Emperor Palpatine’s chilling and instantly recognizable laugh at the end of the trailer assures that he will play some kind of important role in The Rise of Skywalker. Palpatine was not only a crucial figure in the original movies, but also in the prequels, meaning his role will help tie all three trilogies together.

7 Denied: Replacing All The Stormtroopers With Clones

After Finn ditched the First Order in The Force Awakens, Kylo Ren criticized General Hux’s First Order Stormtrooper program, asserting that a clone army would be much more effective. With Kylo Ren in control of the First Order by the end of The Last Jedi, a theory arose that Kylo would entirely replace the First Order’s Stormtroopers with clones. The theory is denied by the sighting of a Stormtrooper fighting in the woods alongside Kylo Ren. This one shot doesn’t mean clones are entirely out of the question, but clones definitely haven’t replaced the entire Stormtrooper army.

6 Confirmed: A Search For A MacGuffin

There’s been a lot of rumors that the film’s plot would largely revolve around a hunt for a MacGuffin. Rey and a small group of some of her closest allies on a mission to the ruins of the Death Star appears to confirm those rumors. If it is the remains of the second Death Star, perhaps the MacGuffin is somehow related to Emperor Palpatine, which could provide further insight into his mysterious role for the film. The MacGuffin might also be related to kyber crystals. They were used to power the Death Star’s superlaser, but they also power lightsabers and could prove useful to Rey and the Resistance in a number of ways.

5 Confirmed: Kylo Ren’s Helmet Will Be Rebuilt

It seemed like the end of Kylo Ren’s helmet when he smashed it in The Last Jedi, but it’s clearly making a comeback for The Rise of Skywalker. Part of what makes the shot of reforging the helmet so intriguing is the hands repairing it are definitely not Kylo’s hands. In fact, the hands look more alien than human. This brings into question who is piecing the helmet back together. It’s also worth noting that while the helmet is making a comeback, Kylo won’t be wearing it the entire movie, as he is not wearing it in the shot where he’s fighting in a forest.

4 Confirmed: Lando Will Pilot The Millennium Falcon Again

This one’s not exactly a shocker, but it’s still nice to receive confirmation in the trailer. Ever since it was announced that Billy Dee Williams would be returning to reprise the role of Lando Calrissian, fans have clamored for him to fly the Millennium Falcon again.

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Fortunately, the trailer features a shot of him doing exactly that, with Chewbacca as his co-pilot, and Lando having the time of his life back in his old ship. Hopefully, there will also be an opportunity for him to communicate with L3-37 aboard the Falcon.

3 Denied: Rey Will Build A Double-Sided Lightsaber

After the iconic lightsaber broke in two during The Last Jedi, many fans theorized that Rey would rebuild it as a double-sided lightsaber. Given that her weapon of choice was a staff long before she ever wielded a lightsaber, it made sense to think that a double-sided lightsaber would be more fitting for her fighting style. The trailer clearly shows that the lightsaber has been rebuilt, but not as the double-bladed weapon many fans wanted to see her use. For now, Darth Maul will remain the only character to fight with a double-sided lightsaber in the live-action films.

2 Confirmed: C-3PO Will Have A Larger Role

C-3PO is one of the only characters to appear in all nine films within the Skywalker saga, and Anthony Daniels is the only actor to appear in all the canon Star Wars films. This made some fans disappointed that everyone’s favorite protocol droid played a relatively small role in both The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi. As some fans speculated, that is set to change as The Rise of Skywalker looks to be C-3PO’s largest role yet in the sequel trilogy. He can be spotted twice in the trailer on two completely different planets. Most importantly, he is at the heart of the action, first in a chase scene with Finn and Poe, and later on with the mission involving the ruins of the Death Star.

1 Confirmed: Rey Will Be More Powerful Than Ever Before

Just as Luke Skywalker was much more powerful in Return of the Jedi than he was in The Empire Strikes Back, Rey looks to be even more powerful in The Rise of Skywalker than she was in The Last Jedi. Her abilities with the Force were certainly impressive in the previous sequel trilogy films, yet she appears to be on a whole new level as she backflips over an oncoming TIE Fighter. It’ll be intriguing to see how else Rey’s powers have developed since The Last Jedi, and if she’s been teaching herself through the ancient Jedi texts. It’s also possible she’s been receiving teaching from Force ghosts, which would add further meaning to Luke’s narration that “We’ve passed on all we know.”

Are there any other theories that were confirmed by the Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker trailer? Let us know in the comments!

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2019-04-14 03:04:35

Matthew Rudoy

10 Crazy Fan Theories About Star Wars Episode IX’s Title: The Rise Of Skywalker

Few films are as highly anticipated as Star Wars Episode IX – which, thanks to Star Wars Celebration, we now know to be titled The Rise of Skywalker. As the final chapter of the Skywalker Saga, expectations are high for what this film will reveal, what answers it will provide, and what new mysteries and twists viewers can expect along the journey. In addition to our new generation of characters in Rey, Kylo Ren, Finn, Rose, and more, the film will also feature returning faces from the original trilogy like Leia, Lando, and Luke; as well as newcomers to the franchise like Naomi Ackie, Keri Russell, and Richard E. Grant.

But as the Episode IX panel at Star Wars Celebration Chicago revealed, there’s far more in store for the film than even the most perceptive of theories could have predicted – including, most notably, the return of the evil Emperor Palpatine, also known as Darth Sidious. While Palpatine’s involvement in the film remains a mystery, there is another big mystery to the film staring fans everywhere right in the face: what the heck does The Rise of Skywalker mean? As Star Wars fans love to solve mysteries, or at least try to, theories have been popping up all over the internet ever since the title was announced.

So, what does The Rise of Skywalker mean? Here are 10 possible answers.

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10 It’s about the creation of the Skywalker bloodline

With the return of Palpatine in some form to the Skywalker Saga, it’s hard to resist the temptation to find a way for the story to tie together full circle – especially with the teaser trailer using some of the same language as the trailer for 1999’s The Phantom Menace. One possible theory as to what the title means in terms of the storyline, therefore, has been the idea that Palpatine’s role in the overarching saga will be revealed to be far more significant than we already knew.

Namely, some Reddit users are theorizing that The Rise of Skywalker will reveal that Palpatine was directly responsible for the creation of the Skywalker bloodline, beginning with Shmi Skywalker’s mystical birth and Anakin’s Force conception. It would run the risk of getting into the midichlorians of it all, but it’s certainly quite an interesting idea.

9 It’s about Kylo as a supremely powerful dark Skywalker

At the end of The Last Jedi, Kylo Ren assumes the role of Supreme Leader of the First Order, positioning him in what was previously the most powerful role a dark side user could have in this new sequel trilogy. While Palpatine’s return to the series could complicate that matter, it’s certainly possible that a more outlier theory, circulated on Twitter, could be true.

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The trailer finds Kylo Ren possibly killing one of his own Knights of Ren in an incredibly violent manner, as well as the repaired helmet he wore in The Force Awakens, now streaked through with vibrant red. Perhaps The Rise of Skywalker refers to Kylo Ren’s rise as a dark side Force wielder – the most powerful of them all.

8 It means the return of Anakin Skywalker

With the revelation that Emperor Palpatine will be playing some sort of significant role in The Rise of Skywalker, especially passionate prequel trilogy fans have begun to wonder: is he the only character from the prequels who will be making a return appearance? And, more specifically, could The Rise of Skywalker refer, even, to the sudden return of Anakin Skywalker, most likely in Force ghost form?

It may sound like a long shot, but there are many reasons why this one could be true. Hayden Christensen has been engaging with the fan base more in recent years, attending multiple Star Wars Celebrations. Additionally, Anakin has a powerful link to multiple characters still in the canon: his son Luke, his grandson Ben, and now, his former master, Darth Sidious.

7 It means Luke has become “more powerful than you could possibly imagine”

In A New Hope, Obi-Wan Kenobi warns Darth Vader, “If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine.” After falling at the hands of his former student, Obi-Wan becomes one with the Force, returning to the franchise time and again as a Force ghost in order to further mentor his student, Luke Skywalker.

At the end of The Last Jedi, Luke Skywalker presumably becomes one with the Force, disappearing from the physical plane after overexerting himself in a show of true Force-wielding strength. Perhaps, then, The Rise of Skywalker that the title suggests will involve Luke’s triumphant return in the franchise, whether as a Force ghost, or as something else entirely. We don’t know how much Mark Hamill will really be in the film, however, so this may be one of the biggest outliers.

6 It means Leia has a bigger role than we know

Luke isn’t the only Skywalker who could have a triumphant, heroic narrative in The Rise of Skywalker, however. Leia remains one of our only surviving Skywalkers, and thanks to the remaining footage Lucasfilm had from Carrie Fisher’s performances in The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, it’s guaranteed that she will play a key role in the film – and certainly an emotionally charged one, at that.

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So maybe, Leia has a much bigger role than cautious estimates have been speculating all along. We didn’t get to see very much of Leia during the trailer, or during the panel for that matter. But it’s always possible that Leia is our titular Skywalker. Just because she’s never been one by name, doesn’t mean she isn’t a Skywalker, after all.

5 It means Rey becomes a Skywalker, through marriage

The theory that Rey and Kylo Ren could become involved romantically is one that has been circulating ever since The Force Awakens. While initially derided, the relationship known on the internet and in the media as Reylo received one heck of a confidence boost during The Last Jedi, where it became clear that these two are the sequel trilogy’s central relationship, and that their dynamic is far more intimate than most relationships we’ve seen in the saga so far.

If their relationship only progresses further in The Rise of Skywalker, therefore, it’s entirely possible that The Rise of Skywalker could refer to Rey becoming a Skywalker – through marriage to a descendant of the Skywalker bloodline. It would also be another way of bringing the series full circle with the prequels, which prominently featured a very dramatic wedding of their own.

4 It means Rey becomes a Skywalker, through a new world order

If Rey doesn’t become a Skywalker by marriage, that doesn’t mean she still can’t become a Skywalker after all. One possibility for how Rey could be the titular Skywalker of The Rise of Skywalker would find Rey embodying a new world order. Symbolically adopted into the lineage of the Skywalkers, whether by Luke’s Force ghost or perhaps even by the Force itself, Rey could be the Skywalker for a new generation.

It could also be a name she takes up for herself. Having no family name of her own, given the revelation that her parents were nobodies who abandoned her, Rey could continue trying to craft her own identity – and what better way to do so, than by taking on the legacy of those who instructed her best?

3 It means the Skywalker is a new leader

If Skywalker comes to mean something more symbolic than literal, it’s entirely possible that it could be the sequel trilogy’s answer to previous titles such as Darth on the dark side of the Force. Perhaps Skywalker, then, will be the new equivalent of Jedi Master, or Jedi Knight. Or maybe it could represent a new, neutral entity – a Supreme Leader who represents the balance that might be struck within the final entry in the saga.

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If this is the case, it’s still entirely likely that Rey will be the leader that is mentioned, as she is clearly telegraphed as this trilogy’s hero, and The Last Jedi‘s ending perfectly sets up a future in which there are plenty of students of the Force awaiting instruction from the right leader: a Skywalker.

2 It means Kylo Ren will be redeemed, becoming Ben Skywalker

The possibility of Kylo Ren’s redemption is one of the most hotly debated topics in all of Star Wars fandom. Some feel that, once he killed the beloved Han Solo, there was no hope for him in the future. Others point out that, in the grand scheme of things, he really hasn’t done that much bad to begin with – and certainly not as much as Darth Vader, who was granted redemption in the end, albeit with a hefty price.

But now that it’s been revealed that Emperor Palpatine is returning, thereby taking on the role of the sequel trilogy’s true Big Bad, it’s virtually impossible to imagine a film in which Kylo Ren isn’t redeemed. It’s entirely possible that Rey and Kylo Ren will be teaming up – light and dark taking on an even more fearsome evil, once and for all. So perhaps The Rise of Skywalker means the redemption of Kylo Ren – and his eventual rebirth as Ben Solo, Ben Organa, or, indeed, Ben Skywalker.

1 It means Skywalker is the new name for all Force users

But arguably the most intriguing of all the potential theories as to what The Rise of Skywalker really means is the one that takes the biggest picture look at the Skywalker Saga as a whole – as well as looking to the future of Star Wars, after the Skywalker journey ends. The prequel trilogy ended with Revenge of the Sith. The original trilogy ended with Return of the Jedi. And now, the sequel trilogy is ending with The Rise of Skywalker.

It’s entirely possible, based on this pattern, that Skywalker will come to be the new name for the new order of Force users. In the absence of the Jedi and the Sith, there will need to be a new name for the individuals gifted with the Force in the way that Rey and Kylo Ren have been. And the recent novel Thrawn: Alliances by Timothy Zahn even includes the reveal that the Chiss word Ozyly-esehembo, used to refer to Force-sensitive individuals, translates directly to Skywalkers. It doesn’t get more convincing than that.

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2019-04-14 01:04:58

Katerina Daley

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Scene Has an Alfred Hitchcock Connection

The recent teaser for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker has fans speculating that J.J. Abrams may have slipped a few visual references to Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest into his 2019 blockbuster. The first teaser trailer for the final film in Disney’s sequel trilogy premiered on Friday during Star Wars Celebration. Since posting online, the trailer has garnered over 13 million views. Fans have been eagerly dissecting every frame of the trailer to try to figure out exactly what Abrams has in store for them.

Abrams previously helmed the first entry in the Star Wars sequel trilogy, The Force Awakens. After sitting out the previous installment and letting the story go in a different direction, Abrams returned to the director’s chair for the latest film, taking over for Colin Trevorrow. Now returning to conclude the trilogy he began, Abrams is facing high expectations. The Rise of Skywalker, coming after the divisive The Last Jedi, will need to wrap up all three Star Wars trilogies. Fans are hoping he can deliver a satisfying conclusion to the iconic series. The first teaser for the film is already promising a fittingly epic finale. The ominous teaser confirmed the main cast of the previous two films would return, including the late Carrie Fisher’s Leia Organa. It also revealed all new images, including the return of Billy Dee Williams as Lando Calrissian, and the return of Ian McDiarmid as Emperor Palpatine.

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Going past the reveals and into the filmmaking itself, Star Wars fan Dharma Bhagalia noted a similarity between a sequence in the trailer and Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest. The Hitchcock film’s famous “crop duster” scene, in which Roger Thornhill tries to outrun an approaching plane on a dusty rural road, seems to have inspired a similar scene in The Rise of Skywalker. The teaser features Rey in a dusty location, looking into the distance, then looking over her shoulder and sensing danger, and finally trying to frantically outrun some kind of aircraft. A side-by-side comparison shows that her framing, actions, and the entire situation are strikingly reminiscent of Hitchcock’s 1959 suspense classic.

Strangely enough, this isn’t even the first time fans have drawn a link between Star Wars and North by Northwest. In 2016, Fabrice Mathieu created Darth by Darthwest, a short film that composited North by Northwest with elements of Star Wars, including Roger Thornhill being chased by a TIE Fighter. That clip went viral, and now seems almost prophetic.

Abrams is no stranger to classic film references. Viewing the teaser scene as an homage to one of film’s most famous moments makes sense, especially considering Abrams’s previous Star Wars film The Force Awakens as well as several moments from his Star Trek reboot series were criticized for taking too much from older works. Choosing that particular scene to open the teaser was a deliberate choice that could say many things. It has a hint of nostalgia, but also a sense of grandeur. Those words have come to define Disney’s sequel trilogy. Whether or not Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker lives up to the legacy of Hitchcock or past Star Wars films remains to be seen, but, if nothing else, this teaser trailer has got fans excited for the possibility.

Source: Dharma Bhagalia/Twitter

2019-04-13 12:04:27

Ricky Miller

The Star Wars 9 Title Doesn’t Mean Rey Is A Skywalker

UPDATE: Read our full Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker trailer breakdown.

Star Wars 9 is officially titled The Rise Of Skywalker – does this mean that Kylo Ren was lying and that Rey actually is a Skywalker? The title of Episode IX has been a major mystery over the past few months, and now it’s been revealed, the questions just keep coming.

Rey’s parentage has been one of the most hotly debated aspects of the Star Wars sequel trilogy. Introduced as a mysterious orphan with an intriguing connection to the Force in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, speculation was that she could be related to anybody, from Luke Skywalker to Han Solo to Obi-Wan Kenobi. But then, in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, it was stated in no uncertain terms by Kylo Ren that she was, in fact, no one: her parents were junkers who sold her for drinking money.

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Of course, that proved divisive, and many wondered if J.J. Abrams would change course with Star Wars 9. Now the title is revealed as The Rise Of Skywalker, hinting a member of the family will, well, rise, many will surely be wondering if this implies Rey Skywalker is the truth after all.

While we don’t know any more than the title at this time – the Star Wars 9 Celebration panel was a highly secretive affair – we’re inclined to say no, the Star Wars 9: The Rise Of Skywalker title doesn’t mean Rey is a Skywalker. While it certainly means the family – or their name – will be important in the concluding chapter, there’s nothing to say it retcons the previous twist.

While it’s popularly accepted that Rian Johnson went against J.J. Abrams plans for Rey (as well as Luke and Snoke) with The Last JediThe Force Awakens is absolutely full of allusions to the fact Rey isn’t related to any of the Skywalkers. Han clearly doesn’t recognize her, so she can’t be related to Leia, while Luke’s exile attests to traditional Jedi values and thus celibacy. Maz Kanata even states that her parents are in the past, while Luke is in the future: it’s not important where she came from, but where she’s going.

Nevertheless, the Rey parentage reveal proved divisive so it’s only understandable a leaning on the Skywalker name for the end of a trilogy that only has one Skywalker who’s the villain would bring up the questions that have plagued the character pretty much since Daisy Ridley was cast way back in 2014. But, for now, she remains “Rey from nowhere” in Star Wars 9 and beyond.

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2019-04-12 11:04:57

Alex Leadbeater