[119] Unlike most studio films, Disney reportedly did not hold test screenings for The Rise of Skywalker, instead only showing it to Abrams' friends and family, as well as a terminally ill fan. It ends a legendary franchise with a thud while denying this new trilogy its artistic reason for existence." This article contains SPOILERS for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. This is my first fan fiction that I’m posting online so please any and all feedback would be greatly appreciated. Armitage Hux has a serious problem deciding his loyalties between the genocidal campaign of the First Order and the “everybody lives” mentality of the Resistance; does he do what his gut tells him is right, or does he go along with what he’s been taught since birth? The Resistance returns to their base to celebrate. Anakin's always wanted to free slaves. In the forest on Takodana, he meets a strange Force-sensitive girl under a sorcerer's spell. [98][99][100], On January 10, 2018, it was confirmed that John Williams would return to compose and conduct The Rise of Skywalker. There, Luke's Force spirit encourages Rey to face Palpatine and gives her Leia's lightsaber. Anakin’s Force ghost is certainly around with Yoda – who we saw in The Last Jedi – and Obi-Wan, who could be heard speaking to Rey in The Force Awakens. In the wake of the sinister FINAL ORDER's defeat, and the deaths of EMPEROR PALPATINE and BEN SOLO, a fragile balance now reigns in the galaxy. Spoilers follow for Rise of Skywalker. was able to learn from Visual Effects Supervisor Roger Guyett that Anakin Skywalker (the Hayden Christensen version) and Ben Solo (now reformed) force ghosts were never created for the film, as fans have assumed that there is missing footage of Anakin … Its biggest opening totals remained the UK ($26.8 million), Germany ($21.8 million), France ($15.2 million), Japan ($14.6 million), Australia ($12.6 million), and China ($12.1 million). [56] Johnson was rumored as the top choice to replace Trevorrow as director,[57] but stated "it was never in the plan for me to direct Episode IX. A Disney employee identified the script as authentic and purchased it from the seller for an undisclosed sum. The group flies the Falcon to the Wayfinder's coordinates on a moon in the Endor system. Furiously.Somewhere, far in the Force, Master Yoda was regretting every choice in his life that had led him to train Luke, Ben was sighing deeply, pinching the bridge of his nose, and Anakin had raised both his thumbs up, into a gesture of approval. [69] The title, The Rise of Skywalker, was announced at April 2019's Star Wars Celebration in Chicago. It's the twelfth theatrically released film in the Star Wars franchise, and was directed by J.J. Abrams and produced by Kathleen Kennedy. [73] However, a week later, Kathleen Kennedy stated that Fisher would not appear in the film. Ben Solo never fell to the dark side and instead became a Jedi; Kylo Ren was never created but was instead replaced by an equally terrific evil. Yet, the new Grey Jedi, REY, has never been more alone. For years, fans had seen legendary Jedi Masters use force projections of themselves to show that their mind and presence were alive and well even after they met their tragic ends. "Leia raised both arms in the air, exasperated, "By what? [44] Disney subsequently announced the Star Wars sequel trilogy. Co-writer Chris Terrio explains how they decided what Force ghosts to include in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. The group travels to Kijimi, where a droidsmith extracts the Sith text from C-3PO's memory, revealing coordinates to a Wayfinder. [139], Months prior to the film's trailer release, it was review bombed on Rotten Tomatoes to the point where the "Want to See" percentage went down as far as 5% within a day, with many of the reviews focusing on lingering negativity towards The Last Jedi. Still, for all the movie's faults, it's likely that most people will consider The Rise of Skywalker and accept the trade: Sit through a so-so 110 minutes to get to a strong half hour. The biggest markets were the United Kingdom ($8.3 million), Germany ($7.2 million), France ($5.3 million), and Australia ($4.3 million). “Did I not have one before?” He says very slowly. Ben wants nothing to do with it and goes hunting to take his mind off of it. Luke's always wanted to help the galaxy. [114], A free level based on the film, was released for the videogame Star Wars Battlefront II (2017). Qui-Gon’s expression doesn’t change much, but it slowly twists into one of confusion. [126] The 4K version of the film was also released in "The Skywalker Saga" Ultra HD Blu-ray box set on March 31, 2020. [139][170] On PostTrak, audiences gave the film an average 4 out of 5 stars, with 70% saying they would definitely recommend it; parents and children under 12 years old (who made up 16% of opening night attendance) gave it a full five out of five stars. The first thing he notices, or rather person, is Master Qui-Gon looking down at him with a worried expression. In which Anakin Skywalker enjoys the spectator sport of annoying his descendants and I try to salvage something from JJ Abrams and Rian Johnson's squabbling. [52] A month later, filming was expected to begin in January 2018,[53] but this was later pushed back to August. Kylo informs her that she is Palpatine's granddaughter; the Sith Lord had ordered Ochi to recover Rey as a child, but her parents hid her on Jakku to protect her. STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER Screenplay by Chris Terrio & J.J. Abrams Based on characters created by George Lucas A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.... STAR WARS EPISODE IX THE RISE OF SKYWALKER The dead speak! Well, we reckon it’s going to be more than your average advising Rey with Luke’s Force ghost. Rian Johnson has shared why he didn't have Anakin Skywalker appear as a Force ghost in his movie Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi. The galaxy has heard a mysterious broadcast, a threat of revenge in the sinister voice of the late Emperor Palpatine. [97] The film finished post-production on November 25, 2019. Unfortunately medical records are not always complete when you're on the run with your vigilante freedom-fighting friends. Like it was shot yesterday. Post-production was completed on November 24, 2019. [47] In August 2015, Colin Trevorrow was announced as the director of the film;[48] he was to write the script with frequent collaborator Derek Connolly. Variety and Reuters reported that she had been planned for a key role in Episode IX. A passerby asks her name; as the spirits of Luke and Leia watch, she replies, "Rey Skywalker". "[164], Whereas Asian actress Kelly Marie Tran had around ten minutes of screen-time in The Last Jedi, she appears for about a minute in The Rise of Skywalker. The redeemed Darth Vader makes his first cameo in the new films. "[58], The next day, it was announced that J. J. Abrams, the director of The Force Awakens, would return to direct the film,[59] and that the film's release date would be moved to December 20, 2019. After all, it was right there in the name of the movie, right? The novel details Palpatine's return in more depth: he transferred his consciousness into a clone body following his death in Return of the Jedi, and his "son", Rey's father, was a failed clone of Palpatine. It was released on Disney+ on May 4, 2020, which is reportedly two months ahead of its previously scheduled release date. [39], Jodie Comer and Billy Howle briefly appear as Rey's mother and father, respectively. A. Dowd gave the film a C+, stating that the film "is so freighted with obligation that it almost groans under the weight, flashing a weak smile as it vaguely approximates the appearance of a zippy good time. But I really really wished things were different, so I’m writing things how I wished they’d happened. "[158] Mick LaSalle of the San Francisco Chronicle wrote, "For about 75% of its running time, The Rise of Skywalker is a disappointment. Depending on your feelings of Anakin you could be sad or happy Hayden Christensen didn't make a physical appearance. In a dying act, Leia calls to Kylo through the Force, distracting him as Rey impales him. Background. SPOILERS AHEAD FOR STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER . [101][102] The next month, Williams announced that it would be the last Star Wars film for which he would compose the score. He's also heard as Vader in the beginning of The Rise of Skywalker when Kylo Ren first meets Palpatine. What if she is not the sorcerer's only target? That movie shows Padme taking her final breaths right as Anakin takes his first breaths as Darth Vader. In the movie Star Wars: Episode I Anakin Skywalker is a child and Padmé is a young lady. [150] In China the film made $1.6 million (RMB11.6 million) through its first day. Ben uses the Force to revive her at the cost of his own life; Rey kisses Ben before he dies. Rey transmits her coordinates to R2-D2, allowing the Resistance to follow her to Exegol. [95] Another round of reshoots took place at Bad Robot Productions between late September and mid-October. The Chosen One has no such compunctions. Anakin Skywalker was a Force-sensitive Jedi Knight during the final years of the Galactic Republic in addition to being the former Padawan learner of Obi-Wan Kenobi, the husband of Padmé Amidala, the master of Ahsoka Tano, the father of Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa, and the grandfather of Ben Solo (who later became known as Kylo Ren). Always." Rey recovers the dagger and has visions of Ochi killing her parents with it. [34][35] Hassan Taj and Lee Towersey perform the role of R2-D2 replacing Jimmy Vee, who had played the role in the previous two films. He tries to hold firm to his principles, even after meeting Obi-Wan Kenobi who was assigned to protect Senator Padme Amidala, Anakin's fiancée. [167][168] In regards to the criticism towards her reduced screen-time, screenwriter Chris Terrio said it was due to the difficulty of including the deceased Carrie Fisher archive footage in scenes planned to feature both characters. Following initial reports that The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson would write the script for Episode IX, in August 2015, Colin Trevorrow was hired to direct and to write a script with his collaborator Derek Connolly; both ultimately retain story credit with Abrams and Chris Terrio. Palpatine unveils the Final Order—a secret armada of Star Destroyers—and tells Kylo to find and kill Rey, who is continuing her Jedi training under Resistance leader Leia Organa. [35][38] Tom Wilton and screenwriter Chris Terrio briefly appear as the performer and voice for Aftab Ackbar, the son of Admiral Ackbar, respectively. [62], Before filming, Episode IX was initially given the working title Black Diamond, which was then changed to TrIXie in 2018,[68] most likely to insert the roman numeral "IX" within the working title. Additionally, Dominic Monaghan portrays Resistance trooper Beaumont Kin, and Shirley Henderson voices Babu Frik in multiple languages. I promise the story is gonna be good. [91] Due to the tight schedule, some editing took place on set. [4][5] Deadline Hollywood calculated the net profit of the film to be $300 million, when factoring together all expenses and revenues. With an estimated budget of $275 million, it is one of the most expensive films ever made. [7] Principal photography began in August 2018 at Pinewood Studios in England and wrapped in February 2019. And with the latter returning for The Rise of Skywalker, presumably, the former Darth Vader will be too. Threepio has a very bad feeling about this. After a decision that splits Kylo Ren in two, Anakin takes the opportunity to talk some sense into his grandson. The website's critical consensus reads, "The Rise of Skywalker suffers from a frustrating lack of imagination, but concludes this beloved saga with fan-focused devotion. The film grossed over $1.074 billion worldwide, becoming the seventh-highest-grossing film of 2019; although the film was the lowest-grossing installment of the trilogy, and turned an estimated net profit of $300 million. [1] In late August, Deadline Hollywood announced that Dominic Monaghan and Matt Smith had been cast in unspecified roles,[81][82] but Smith later denied his involvement. Then J.J. 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", Also tying this record is Denis Lawson as Wedge Antilles, though he only makes a. After his death on the Second Death Star, Anakin Skywalker regrets much of what he did, but there are no second chances. With a change of heart, Ben starts himself on the path towards a new destiny and is forced to come to terms with his past. It includes the novel Resistance Reborn, set between The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker, and various other titles. An Alternate Universe where the Season 2 of the Mandalorian went differently considering that the preceding events to it are different from Canon. [38] Mike Quinn and Kipsang Rotich return as the performer and voice of Nien Nunb, respectively. It became abundantly clear that the post-war celebration would last forever in some way or another. The film premiered in Los Angeles on December 16, 2019, and was released in the United States on December 20. 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"You don't have the comm frequency of the father of your only student? Ahsoka doesn’t know where Ezra is, but she’ll find him. I don't mean just outtakes. Rey, in turn, finds herself moving towards a darker path filled with grief and family, as she strives to find her place in the galaxy. [7] In August 2019, it was revealed that Williams had written about 35 of an expected 135 minutes of music for the film, which according to Williams' brother Don, would incorporate all of the major themes of the Skywalker saga. So his Force ghost would look like the younger Skywalker since he died at a younger age. [9][10][76][g] In flashback scenes, digital de-aging was used for the appearance of Luke and Leia through the use of facial shots of both characters from the Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi respectively. 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