CHICAGO, Ill. - Today at the kickoff of the Star Wars Celebration weekend in Chicago, Director/Writer J.J. Abrams and Producer Kathleen Kennedy were joined by stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Kelly Marie Tran, Oscar Isaac, Billy Dee Williams, Naomi Ackie, Joonas Suotamo and Anthony Daniels, and droids BB-8 and D-0, for a panel discussion at Star Wars Celebration in Chicago, moderated by Stephen Colbert.
This movie, it's about this new generation, and what they've inherited, the light and the dark," Abrams said, seeming to reference Rey (Daisy Ridley), Finn (John Boyega), Poe (Oscar Issac) and Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), CNET reported.
The film takes place well after the events of “The Last Jedi,” but Abrams said they were able to include Carrie Fisher’s Leia as part of the “Episode IX” story.
“You don’t recast that part and you don’t have her disappear,” Abrams said, as CNET reported. “What if we could write scenes around her.”.
It was a day of surprises at Star Wars Celebration for the enthusiastic fans in attendance as the title of the final installment of the Skywalker saga was also revealed, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, and along with the first trailer for the film a brand-new teaser poster!
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker opens on December 20th!
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