Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker – plot, cast, release date and soundtrack

16 April 2019, 12:23

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Picture: Lucas Film

By Helena Asprou

It’s the final chapter of the saga from a galaxy far, far away – here’s everything you need to know about this iconic movie and its soundtrack

Produced, directed and co-written by J. J. Abrams, the ninth and final episode of the Star Wars franchise will be hitting screens later this year.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is the third part of the Star Wars trilogy, following The Force Awakens (2015) and The Last Jedi (2017).

While very little has been disclosed about the plot so far, the first trailer reveals the return of evil Emperor Palpatine (or his cackle, at least), and features Lando Calrissian in the Millennium Falcon, a Death Star, those iconic neon lightsabers, and Princess Leia and Rey sharing a moment.

We also hear Luke Skywalker’s voice as he speaks the words: “We’ve passed on all we know. A thousand generations live in you now.

“But this is your fight. We’ll always be with you. No one’s ever really gone.”

The text in the trailer adds: ‘Every generation has a legend. The saga comes to an end.’

BB-8, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
BB-8, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Picture: Lucas Film

Who is writing the soundtrack for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker?

Following his unforgettable scores to every other film in the Star Wars saga, legendary American conductor, composer and pianist John Williams has signed up once again to write the soundtrack for Episode IX.

Williams’ incredible work has helped to define one of the world’s most popular film franchises – but he was forced to take a break from writing in 2018 after a health scare.

Now, the 86-year-old musician has recovered and will be spending the summer focussing on creating another epic score for Star Wars 9.

Listen to the soundtracks for Star Wars on Spotify. >

John Williams to score Episode IX
John Williams to score Episode IX. Picture: Getty

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker – cast and release date

The film’s stellar cast includes English actress Daisy Ridley as Rey, American actor Adam Driver (Lincoln; BlacKkKlansman) as Kylo Ren, Mark Hamill as the legendary Luke Skywalker and Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca.

Other celebrities featuring in the movie include Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron, Lupita Nyong’o as Maz Kanata, Ian McDiarmid as Palpatine and Keri Russell as Zorii.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Picture: Lucas Film

Billy Dee Williams and Ian McDiarmid are returning to the saga for the first time since The Return of the Jedi in 1983 and Revenge of the Sith in 2005, making this forthcoming release a significant moment for fans of the trilogy.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is due to be released in UK cinemas on 19 December 2019, while US fans will be able to watch the film a day later on 20 December.