Watch Some Epic Footage from ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,’ Due Out in December

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On December 20, the saga will come to an end when Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters.

The film acts as the final chapter in the science fiction series started by George Lucas in 1977 with Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, closing the book on the nine-film arc that includes 1980’s The Empire Strikes Back, 1983’s Return of the Jedi and the “prequels,” including 1999’s The Phantom Menace, 2002’s Attack of the Clones and 2005’s Revenge of the Sith, as well as the most recent films, 2015’s The Force Awakens and 2017’s The Last Jedi.

This past weekend at Disney’s D23 Expo in Anaheim, California, a new trailer was premiered for The Rise of Skywalker that shines a bit more light on a movie otherwise shrouded in customary mystery and intrigue.

The clip, which can be seen below, incorporates elements from most of the previous films, setting the stage for what promises to be another dramatic entry to the long-running series, this time leading up to a showdown between Daisy Ridley’s Rey and Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren, among other eyebrow-raising elements:

From The Hollywood Reporter:

The cast also includes Daisy Ridley, Lupita Nyong’o and Domhnall Gleeson, along with franchise newcomers Richard E. Grant. Original Star Wars actors including Mark Hamill (as Luke Skywalker), Anthony Daniels (C-3PO) and Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian) return.

Obviously, given the scope of the Star Wars universe and the pull of anything attached to its franchise and branding, this film series wrapping up won’t signal the end — far from it.

Disney has plans to launch its Disney Plus streaming service in November, which will house a number of its proprietary titles and some original content, including at least two Star Wars spin-offs: The Mandalorian, a live-action series telling the story of a bounty hunter (along the lines of Boba Fett), which also premiered a trailer at D23:

And an in-the-works series about Obi-Wan Kenobi starring Ewan MacGregor, reprising the role he had for the prequel films of the early 2000s. There’s also plans for a Rogue One prequel starring Diego Luna.

As always, the Force is very strong with the Star Wars universe …

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