CHICAGO (Reuters) – The ninth film in the original “Star Wars” saga will be called “The Rise of Skywalker” and will see the return of the evil emperor Palpatine to threaten the young heroine Rey and the Resistance, Walt Disney Co revealed on Friday.
Disney showed fans at the Star Wars Celebration convention in Chicago the first footage from the movie, which will be released in theaters in December and will conclude the saga that began in 1977.
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A villainous cackle was heard at the end of the trailer, and the actor who played Palpatine in previous films, Ian McDiarmid, walked on stage to loud applause from an audience of roughly 10,000 fans, many waving colorful lightsabers.
Director J.J. Abrams, speaking alongside many of the film’s stars, said the movie takes place some time after the events of 2017 film “The Last Jedi.”
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The footage showed a hug between Princess Leia, played by the late Carrie Fisher, and Rey (Daisy Ridley). Fisher died in 2016, but Abrams said that in a “weird miracle” he was able to piece together unused footage from “Last Jedi” to continue the beloved character’s story.
“She’s so alive in the scenes,” Abrams said. “Princess Leia lives in this film in...
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