Walt Disney Studios kicked off its D23 panel this morning with J.J. Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy coming out for Lucasfilm and “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”.
Much of the cast came with them to discuss the upcoming sci-fi epic which wraps up both the new trilogy and the nine-film Skywalker saga. A new poster and sizzle reel premiered during the panel with the one-sheet available below.
The clip reportedly ends with Rey in a dark cloak holding a red Sith lightsaber that then flips it into a Maul-like two-bladed one as she and Kylo battle amongst crashing waves. There are reports that the sizzle reel is going to be online on Monday, but that’s not confirmed as yet.
Abrams says the late Carrie Fisher’s Leia is “really the heart of this story…. we could not be more excited for you to see her in her final performance” which comes from unused ‘Force Awakens’ footage that was able to make this all possible.
Keri Russell revealed she plays Zorri Bliss, a shady criminal who is an old friend of Poe’s and gets to wear a gun-wielding red and gold costume.
“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” opens in December.
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