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  • It was released 20 years after Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999).
  • Producers had a bigger role planned for Leia. Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy said that Carrie Fisher "grabbed me and said, 'I'd better be at the forefront of IX!' Because Harrison was front and center on VII, and Mark is front and center on VIII. She thought IX would be her movie. And it would have been." After her death, Todd Fisher and Billie Lourd granted Disney and Lucasfilm permission to use Carrie's likeness in the form of unused footage.
  • Simon Kinberg wrote the earliest story outline for this movie, which was scrapped after the stories for the previous two movies were heavily altered from their early versions.
  • Released on December 20, 2019 in the USA. Episodes VII and VIII were released in December 2015 and 2017, respectively. The original US release date of this movie of May 24, 2019 was delayed after director Colin Trevorrow was replaced by J.J. Abrams in September 2017, facing a similar fate to the other sequel trilogy movies with their releases (being pushed from May to December). This was likely done for consistency purposes.
  • Billy Dee Williams had heavily expressed interest in reprising his role as Lando Calrissian. Rian Johnson considered using him in Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (2017) but decided that it wouldn't fit well in the story. On July 9, 2018, after several weeks of rumors, it was confirmed that Williams would indeed be returning as Lando for this movie.
  • This is the second Star Wars movie under Disney's Lucasfilm to have its director replaced. The first was Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018), which replaced Phil Lord and Christopher Miller with Ron Howard.
  • Colin Trevorrow was announced as the director in August 2015 with Derek Connolly and Jack Thorne writing the script, but Trevorrow stepped down before production began. J.J. Abrams was announced as the new director in September 2017, with Abrams and Chris Terrio writing the script.
  • John Williams stated that this would be the final "Star Wars" film for which he would compose music.
  • When George Lucas originally laid out plans for 12 episodes, then reduced it to nine, he said that C-3PO and R2-D2 would be the only characters to appear in all nine. This proves to be true: Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi, the only other characters to appear in every movie of the original and prequel trilogies, did not appear in the sequel trilogy. Anthony Daniels is the only actor to appear in all nine episodes.
  • J.J. Abrams is the second director to direct more than one Star Wars movie following series creator George Lucas.
  • Disney's sequel trilogy is the first trilogy in the Star Wars saga in which all three movies were released in the same decade. It's also the first time an entire Star Wars trilogy is released in a four-year period; the previous two were each released in six-year periods.
  • The initial working title of this movie was "Star Wars: Black Diamond". In June 2018, the working title was changed to "trIXie".
  • Unused footage of Carrie Fisher shot for Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) was incorporated by digitally removing the background and superimposing it elsewhere. Visual effects were used to change her wardrobe and add gray to her hair so the footage would match her appearance in Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (2017).
  • Security was so tight during filming, Mark Hamill said it was "like being in the CIA."
  • In May 2018, Billy Dee Williams began sharing videos on social media of his new workout regimen. This was widely taken as a sign that he would appear in this movie, since Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fisher had started similar workouts prior to shooting Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015). In July 2018, it was confirmed that Williams would indeed be returning as Lando Calrissian.
  • Theories suggesting that Mark Hamill would refuse to appear in this movie due to his initial disagreements with how Luke's story was handled by Rian Johnson in Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (2017), even though he was on contract for three appearances, were quickly refuted. Hamill repeatedly explained that he changed his mind once he saw the full story, and outright expressed excitement for this movie well ahead of the premiere of Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (2017), and after the movie was released. The official casting announcement rendered this speculation completely moot, confirming he would return.
  • Some fans theorized on-line that Richard E. Grant would be portraying Grand Admiral Thrawn from Star Wars Rebels (2014), given his facial resemblance to the character. Grant denied this in an interview, and Thrawn does not appear in the movie. Leaked concept art of Grant dressed in First Order attire confirmed that he plays a character called General Pryde, one of the officers of the former Empire.
  • Keri Russell was brought on board this movie as the character Zorii Bliss after J.J. Abrams became the writer and director. In the past, they've collaborated on Felicity (1998) and Mission: Impossible III (2006).
  • Colin Trevorrow was originally intended to direct this movie, but "chose to leave" the project due to creative differences between him and Lucasfilm. Trevorrow and Derek Connolly, who worked together on Safety Not Guaranteed (2012) wrote the initial script, but by September 2017, J.J. Abrams replaced Trevorrow as the director and Chris Terrio joined Abrams to re-write it. However, Trevorrow and Connolly still retained story writing credit alongside Abrams and Terrio.
  • When Colin Trevorrow was attached as director during pre-production, he wanted to film some scenes in space.
  • Before J.J. Abrams was hired for another Star Wars movie, Rian Johnson was also offered to direct after Colin Trevorrow left, but turned it down as he felt he needed time off between Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (2017) and his next project, Knives Out (2019).
  • Though they are no longer the main characters, each movie in the sequel trilogy was meant to showcase one of the main characters from the original trilogy. Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) focused on Han, Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (2017) on Luke, and this movie will reportedly focus on Leia. This actually mirrors the original trilogy, in which Luke interacted with a central character from the prequel trilogy. Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) focused on Obi-Wan Kenobi, Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) on Yoda, and Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) on Emperor Palpatine.
  • Despite the Skywalker family being central characters throughout the Star Wars saga, this movie marks the only time the name "Skywalker" has appeared in a Star Wars movie title, and the only title in the core series to have a character/family name in it. (Not including 'Solo' as it is part of the expanded Star Wars series. Furthermore, it was revealed that "Solo" was not Han's real name.)
  • The design of Kylo Ren's repaired mask is possibly based on kintsugi, a centuries-old Japanese art to repair broken pottery by joining them together with a golden lacquer, giving the fractures a unique golden pattern. In Japanese culture, the kintsugi technique also stands for highlighting imperfections and giving new life to a broken object, which may be symbolic for the character: By repairing his mask, he attempts to revive his Kylo Ren persona, despite the failures he had endured in his past.
  • In the first teaser trailer, the remains of a Death Star can be seen submerged in water. This idea was originally considered for use in Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015), and was even featured as concept art in the book "The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens".
  • Including his holographic cameo appearance in Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Palpatine will be the most prominent Star Wars villain, having appeared a total of six times.
  • With a gap of 36 years, the return of characters Lando Calrissian and Wedge Antilles marks the longest time for any original actors to reprise their role.
  • When the trailer and title were first revealed in April of 2019, as well as the revelation that Ian McDiarmid would return as Emperor Palpatine, McDiarmid made a surprise appearance after the trailer was first shown at the Star Wars Celebration in Chicago. McDiarmid merely said three words, amongst loud cheers from the crowd: "Roll it again!" Followed by a mic drop. J.J. Abrams was apparently thrilled that the news of Palpatine hadn't leaked online beforehand.
  • The first Star Wars movie to be released since the death of Peter Mayhew.
  • The first Star Wars movie to feature any equine species, as horses were used for filming.
  • The teaser trailer and the subtitle of this movie was announced at the Star Wars Celebration in Chicago, Illinois on April 12, 2019.
  • The only Star Wars movie for which Carrie Fisher received top billing, as well as the only Skywalker Saga movie to give top billing to a woman. As of 2019, the only other Star Wars film to give top billing to a woman was Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) for which Felicity Jones received top billing.
  • The Emperor's throne seen in this movie was based on conceptual sketches Ralph McQuarrie made for Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983).
  • This film's running time was initially announced to be 2 hours and 35 minutes, which would have made this the longest of the nine Star Wars episodes. However, in November 2019, the actual running time was announced to be 2 hours and 21 minutes, approximately ten minutes shorter than 'The Last Jedi'.
  • It was generally assumed by fans that the wreckage of the Death Star destroyed in Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) seen in the trailers would be on the Forest Moon of Endor. Online material from the sites of Disney Parks "Star Tours -The Adventure Continues" revealed that the destroyed Death Star is actually on the Ocean Moon of Kef Bir, never mentioned before in Star Wars canon.
  • Billie Lourd (Lieutenant Connix) was twenty-six when this movie was filmed, exactly the same age as Lourd's real-life mother Carrie Fisher when she starred in Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983).
  • Dominic Monaghan is the fourth actor to have appeared in the Star Wars saga and The Lord of the Rings trilogy, the others being Sir Christopher Lee, Andy Serkis, and Bruce Spence. Actor Karl Urban, who played Eomer in The Lord of the Rings, is also credited to have provided "additional voices" for this movie but doesn't actually have an appearance.
  • The final trailer released on October 21, 2019, on what would have been Carrie Fisher's 63rd birthday.
  • In answer to an online article claiming that Rey is a more powerful Jedi than both Luke and Anakin, John Boyega (Finn) posted on Twitter: "I'm sorry guys, but Anakin slapping all of us in a pit of lava. Including Kylo."
  • In November 25, 2019, it was reported that a script for this film was leaked on the Internet. An actor (later revealed to be John Boyega by his own admission) had reportedly kept the script under the bed after changing apartments. After somebody was cleaning the place and found the script, the person attempted to sell it on eBay. Director J.J. Abrams confirmed that Disney and Lucasfilm bought the script back.
  • Anthony Daniels (C-3PO) is the only actor who appeared in all 9 official Star Wars saga live action films (as well as the various spin-offs). His involvement goes back to the very first film in 1977, and it is widely believed (but unconfirmed as of November 2019) this may be both his and his character's farewell appearance in the series.
  • Following a large Twitter campaign, this film was privately screened to a terminally ill man from the Rowan Hospice in Waterlooville, Hampshire on November 29, 2019. At his own request, the patient's name was not made public.
  • Disney sent a message to theaters urging them to post warnings to moviegoers that the film contains scenes with flashing strobe lights, which can induce seizures in those with photosensitive epilepsy. This is the first time they've done this before a movie was released, although they did it for Incredibles 2 (2018) after it came out and viewers complained.
  • This is the only Star Wars sequel trilogy chapter to not use 70mm IMAX film cameras.
  • During the massive crowd celebration scene, C-3PO says that this event happens once every 42 years. This was the time between the first Star Wars movie to be released in 1977 and this film. However, the official time line in The Rise of Skywalker Visual Dictionary states that in the events of this film take place 35 years after that of A New Hope.
  • As per Star Wars tradition, someone or something "has a bad feeling about this". This time, it is Lando Calrissian (Billy Dee Williams).
  • In reference to the line "Let the Wookiee win" from the first movie, Finn and Poe are playing Dejarik with Chewbacca and trying to figure out why he always wins.
  • Richard E. Grant (General Pryde) drew inspiration from Peter Cushing's performance as Grand Moff Tarkin in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977).
  • Domhnall Gleeson and Oscar Isaac have appeared together in another science fiction film, Ex Machina (2014).
  • (Cameo) John Williams: the bartender in the cantina on Kijimi. His character's name is Oma Tres, an anagram for "Maestro."
  • Commander D'Acy (Amanda Lawrence) is the first openly gay character seen in a Star Wars movie. It was previously mentioned that Laura Dern's character of Vice Admiral Holdo from Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (2017) is gay, but this was never referenced within the movie.
  • Although she appears in this film, the last film to directly involve Carrie Fisher was actually Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (2017). Fisher appears in this film through archived footage from Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015).
  • Billie Lourd wears the very same outfit that her mother wore in Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) and the hair style was done to match as well. To many fans this costume is known as "Endor Leia".
  • Ian McDiarmid had reservations about coming back to the Star Wars universe, especially since he (and the rest of the world) thought the Evil Emperor was dead at the end of Jedi: "According to Palpatine actor Ian McDiarmid, however, it was never Lucas's intention to resurrect the villainous character. "I thought I was dead!" McDiarmid told Digital Spy in a recent video interview. "I thought he was dead. Because when we did 'Return of the Jedi,' and I was thrown down that chute to Galactic Hell, he was dead. And I said, 'Oh, does he come back?' And [George] said, 'No, he's dead.' So I just accepted that. But then, of course, I didn't know I was going to be doing the prequels, so in a sense he wasn't dead, because we went back to revisit him when he was a young man. But I was totally surprised by this." Ironically, Mcdiarmid becomes the largest character in the franchise in part 9, the one all the other chapters revolve around, with his appearance in this film.
  • J.J. Abrams named the planet Kijimi after a synthesizer from the Japanese company Black Corporation.
  • Dominic Monaghan received his role in the film as the result of a bet with director and friend J.J. Abrams. While Abrams was working on the script, he and Monaghan made a friendly wager on a World Cup game, the prize being a part in the upcoming "Star Wars" film. Monaghan won the bet, and Abrams wrote the part of Beaumont Kin just for him.
  • Allegiant General Pryde (Richard E. Grant) carries the distinction of being the sole Imperial to serve the Empire, the First Order and the Final Order.
  • Unlike the previous films, Maz Kanata was achieved with an animatronic puppet, which creature artist Neal Scanlan described as probably the most advanced animatronic ever made.
  • During a special event, players of Fortnite were able to hear the mysterious broadcast by Palpatine that's mentioned in the crawl.
  • The crossguard blades allow Ren's saber to operate safely - his weapon is constructed around a dangerously flawed kyber crystal, which would be overloaded if not for the lateral plasma vents that create the quillons.
  • The look of the "red honeycomb zone" of the Unknown Regions was inspired by a homemade cloud tank photograph that included, among other things, pieces of grocery store-bought chicken suspended in a red-lit aquarium photographed by Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) Art Director James Clyne.
  • The large statues are tributes to ancient Sith Lords.
  • Actor Mark Hamill plays the voice of Boolio. Patrick Williams, who received the voice credit, is one of Hamill's professional pseudonyms.
  • Some of the locations where the Millennium Falcon makes its "lightspeed-skips" were inspired by artwork from conceptual designer Ralph McQuarrie.
  • Aftab Ackbar is voiced by screenwriter Chris Terrio.
  • The Aki Aki Festival of Ancestors scene is among the most densely populated single shots in the Skywalker saga.
  • At the Aki Aki festival there are 70 foreground animatronic characters with arms and legs, 140 mid-ground and 250 background masks, as well as 25 other alien animatronic creatures and droids and 14 hand-puppet Aki Aki children.
  • In creating Pasaana, director J.J. Abrams wanted to set up a world for Rey to experience her first sights of laughter, life, and celebration.
  • Debra Wilson, who played Cere Junda in JEDI: FALLEN ORDER, does the voice of Nambi Ghima.
  • There were over 600 crew members from the United Kingdom and 200 from Jordan to film all of the scenes in Pasaana.
  • The stormtrooper who gets shot in the eye on Pasaana is music producer Nigel Godrich, best known for producing albums for Radiohead.
  • The speeders on Pasaana were tested on a rig at Pinewood Studios in London before being shipped to Jordan.
  • The Pasaana speeder chase scene was shot outside, rather than on a stage, to take advantage of the natural lighting, which adds the realistic look when adding subsequent visual effects.
  • The filmmakers were attracted to Jordan as a location because of the otherworldly quality of the landscape.
  • The terrain of Pasaana was originally going to be wetlands and swampland, but as the script developed, so did the landscape.
  • Thirty tons of black beans were shipped to Jordan to use as sinking sand.
  • The serpent was the longest creature made for the film at 25 meters long, and was moved by a puppeteer rolling around inside the body.
  • Ochi's ship was designed to look like it was built during the same era as the Millennium Falcon.
  • Sally Guinness (Alec Guinness' granddaughter) plays a background First Order officer.
  • The sound source for Ochi's ship was a late 1960s Camaro.
  • Designer Chip Kidd, chef Jamie Oliver, rapper and actor Michael Dapaah, actor Karl Urban and electronic artist Dimitri Vegas all play background characters on Kijimi.
  • The Babu Frik puppet was only nine inches tall but was packed full of movements and features that took seven puppeteers to bring to life.
  • Shirley Henderson not only provided the voice for Babu Frik, she was also the puppeteer of the character. According to sound designers Matthew Wood and David Acord, Henderson improvised Babu Frik's movements and language, and all her production sounds were preserved.
  • Among the droids in Babu Frik's workshop is a battle droid and the robot mascot of J.J. Abrams's production company Bad Robot.
  • Director J.J. Abrams provided the voice for D-O. He initially voiced the droid temporarily, with the intention of having his voice replaced by another actor. After Chris Terrio watched some early cuts, he convinced Abrams to leave his voice in, as he felt that it was perfect for the droid.
  • Kef Bir is one of the nine moons in the Endor system. This oceanic world remains in the shadow of the Forest Moon. At the Battle of Endor, the Empire was brought to its knees after the destruction of the second Death Star.
  • Jannah's belt buckle is an old Imperial officer belt buckle.
  • The name of Ansett Island, where Jannah's stormtrooper unit mutinied, is an anagram of Staten Island, where screenwriter Chris Terrio was born.
  • J.J. Abrams wanted the Death Star to sound haunted, so its interiors were recorded inside a stack of shipping containers.
  • On the Death Star set, water cannons pumped 5,000 gallons for each take. Over three days of shooting, this amounted to over half a million gallons of water pumped.
  • J.J. Abrams requested an animatronic Maz that could speak, interact and improvise live on set with the other actors.
  • The animatronic Maz included 94 custom actuators squeezed into her diminutive frame, all controlled by just three puppeteers.
  • Daisy Ridley's workout routine included weight training five days a week and kickboxing twice a week.
  • Adam Driver does all of his own stunts.
  • When he first met Adam Driver, J.J. Abrams said that he imagined Kylo Ren's journey would be the opposite of Darth Vader's.
  • The readout identifying Luke Skywalker's X-wing says AA-589, the serial number given his starfighter in the 1991 novel Heir to the Empire.
  • Actor Jeff Garlin plays a background alien on the Resistance base. The Rise of Skywalker Visual Dictionary identifies this character as 'Junn Gobint'. He is of the 'Mythrol' species, the same as the first bounty seen in Chapter 1: The Mandalorian (2019), who was played by Horatio Sanz.
  • The digital video release in the USA was initially set for March 17, 2020, until Disney unexpectedly decided to move the release forward to March 14. The decision was made because of the Coronavirus crisis, a time when millions of people were staying in their homes. According to Disney, they wanted to surprise families "with some fun and joy during this challenging period".
  • Daisy Ridley's father Christopher plays a Resistance pilot during the final celebration. He can be seen in the background when Lando and Jannah introduce themselves to each other.
  • It is revealed that before Poe Dameron joined the Resistance, he was a spice smuggler. Oscar Isaac's next major film after this one is Dune (2020) which is about a war in space over who controls spice. Also, while escaping a group of TIE fighters, Poe and friends briefly visit a planet with a giant worm emerging from the sand. Sandworms are iconic creatures of the Dune series.
  • Poe is revealed in this movie to have a shady past as smuggler / spice runner. This directly contradicts his origin story as shown in the "Poe Dameron" comic books series produced by Disney itself between 2016 and 2018, where Poe had been a Resistance pilot his whole life.
  • The "Binary Sunset" theme, also considered "Luke's Theme" or "The Force Theme", was used in the previous movies of the saga as a leitmotif either for Luke Skywalker or, more in general, for the Jedi and the Light Side of the Force. In the soundtrack for The Rise of Skywalker, however, the theme loses its specific connotation and is used for all characters from the original trilogy, including those who are not Force-sensitive like Chewbacca, Lando and C-3PO.
  • According to sound editor Matthew Wood, some script changes happened so late during the production that actor Adam Driver had to hastily record some of the new lines delivered by Kylo while wearing the mask as the actor was stuffed in the closet of his own apartment to muffle the outside noise.
  • Several elements of the Rey/Kylo Ren relationship in the Disney trilogy seem inspired by the acclaimed role-playing game Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (2003), which also featured a Jedi (Bastila Shan) and a Dark Side user (the protagonist, although his eventual path in the game is left to the player's choice) in a romantic relationship of sort and were stated to have a special bond in the Force comparable to the one between Rey and Kylo. Kylo's helmet is very reminiscent of one displayed in the game; at the end of the movie Rey is shown with a yellow lightsaber, which was the color of Bastila's own lightsaber.
  • For this film, John Williams became the oldest person to receive an Oscar nomination for Best Score, at age 88. The record was previously held by Ennio Morricone, who won for The Hateful Eight (2015) at age 87.
  • In his portrayal of Palpatine, Ian McDiarmid is the only actor ever to have played a character older than he was in his first portrayal (in the original trilogy), then his character's younger self when he himself was older (in the prequel trilogy), and finally in this film he plays a much older version of his character now that he is also older.
  • Vinette Robinson, who plays Pilot Tyce in this film, previously auditioned for the part of Queen Amidala in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999).
  • Carrie Fisher received top billing although actually she didn't work in the movie because all her scenes are deleted scenes from the previous movie.

Spoilers

  • Carrie Fisher's death on December 27, 2016 initially caused re-writes for this movie to remove Leia altogether. Lucasfilm made it clear that they would not attempt to digitally re-create her likeness or performance like they did (with Fisher's approval) in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016), most likely due to the mixed reception of said scene and of those using Peter Cushing's likeness. However, in July 2018, J.J. Abrams confirmed that Fisher will appear in this movie via unused footage from Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) and Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (2017), with the writers and editors coming up with a clever way to re-purpose those scenes.
  • After Luke Skywalker supposedly became one with the Force at the end of Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (2017), most fans still believed he would be appearing in this movie in some fashion. Rian Johnson explained that part of the reason why Luke died was apparently to give the character a greater amount of freedom with where his story was headed going forward. That same July, Disney and Lucasfilm announced the main cast list for this movie, which included Mark Hamill returning as Luke Skywalker.
  • This movie marks Denis Lawson's first on-screen appearance as Wedge Antilles since Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983). He provided the voice of the character in the video game Star Wars: Rogue Squadron II - Rogue Leader (2001). He was previously asked to reprise the character in Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015), which he turned down, allegedly saying in an interview that it would've bored him. However, in a later interview, he said that he would've loved to reprise his part for that film, but had to decline, as he was working on another project at the time. In October 2019, a leaked image from the novel "Resistance Reborn", which takes place before "The Rise of Skywalker", clearly showed Wedge, which sparked rumors that he may return. Lawson's representative soon confirmed that this was the case.
  • The Emperor's apparatus that supports his head, as well as his ability to command the Force through his corpse, are similar to a main plot point from C.S. Lewis' 1945 sci-fi classic "That Hideous Strength," in which an evil organization artificially maintains the head of a psychically gifted criminal to access its visions. In the book, the head is rigged onto pumps and machines to help the organization find a source of ultimate power over the universe. In the movie, Palpatine has kept his own corpse alive to regain the power he alone once had.
  • Luke Skywalker (in Jedi ghost form) raises his X-wing from under water in front of his apprentice (Rey), just like Yoda lifted the same X-wing in front of his apprentice (Luke) in Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980). The X-wing is also covered in some kind of seaweed-looking plant.
  • Hayden Christensen reprises his role as Anakin Skywalker for the first time since Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005) in a voice role as a part of the many Jedi who communicate with Rey through the Force.
  • Chewbacca receives a gold medal from Maz Kanata just like the medal given to Han by Leia at the end of Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977). Back then both Han and Luke were awarded medals, but Chewbacca was not (an omission which puzzled Star Wars fans). In a way, he is finally getting a medal that many fans felt he had deserved.
  • The ship "The Ghost" (Star Wars Rebels), can be seen multiple times in the final battle. This is not the first appearance of the ship outside the series. The ship can also be spotted in Rogue One: a Star Wars Story.
  • Rey becomes the first movie Jedi to have a yellow lightsaber. Once she returns to Tatooine to bury Luke and Leia's sabers, she activates her own, which seems to be made from her staff and has a yellow blade.
  • In the opening scene where Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) searches for Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid), the latter tells him that "the Force is the pathway to many abilities that some consider to be unnatural". This is the exact same thing that Palpatine said to Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005), where he referred to an ancient Sith technique used by Darth Plagueis, which uses the Force to prolong one's own life or possibly that of others, hinting at how it may have played a role in Palpatine's resurrection.
  • When Rey is on Ahch-To and Luke appears to her, he sits next to Rey to encourage her to continue fighting. This echoes Obi-Wan Kenobi doing the same with Luke in Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) at Dagobah.
  • When Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) enters the lair of Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid) at Exegol, a tank full of clones of Snoke can be seen, suggesting that the Sith created the original Supreme Leader Snoke, as well as the resurrected Palpatine. Many of the extended universe stories written after Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983), like the Dark Empire comic book series (1994-1995), dealt with the Emperor being reborn into a clone body.
  • This is the second time that C-3PO's memory is wiped. The first time was in Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005), to prevent him from accidentally revealing the survival of babies Luke and Leia. Depending on how often R2-D2 has done back-ups of 3PO's memory over the years, when he restores it later in the movie, 3PO may very well have his original memory from the Prequel Trilogy back.
  • The final spoken word in the final installment of the Skywalker saga is the name... 'Skywalker'.
  • When Rey has her first vision of the Jedi on Takodana in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, you can hear Obi-Wan Kenobi's voice saying "Rey, these are your first steps." Towards the end of this movie, you can hear his voice saying "Rey, these are your final steps."
  • This movie explains why Leia was able to use the Force to travel through space in Star Wars: The Last Jedi- Luke trained her as a Jedi, but she chose not to finish it when she saw a vision of what would become of her son, Ben Solo.
  • Ben's conversation with Han Solo echoes their conversation on the bridge in Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015).
  • The return of Emperor Palpatine (more specifically a clone of him) had already happened in the comic series Dark Empire, part of the now de-canonized Star Wars Expanded Universe. Writer Timothy Zahn, one of the most prominent authors of the Expanded Universe novels, had strongly opposed the decision to bring Palpatine back, stating: "It destroys Darth Vader's sacrifice in killing the Emperor at the end of Return of the Jedi. It unravels the whole original trilogy".
  • Each one of the "Sequel Trilogy" films features one of the "classic three" characters' deaths. Han Solo died in The Force Awakens, Luke Skywalker died in The Last Jedi, and Leia dies in The Rise of Skywalker. Interestingly, the three characters die in the opposite of the order they were introduced in A New Hope - Leia was introduced first in that film and dies last, Luke was introduced in the middle and dies in the middle, and Han was introduced last and dies first.
  • In the final scene, the setting twin suns of Tatooine are shown in essentially the same alignment as BB-8's body and head.
  • In the transition from Kylo Ren to Ben Solo, the transition to the light side is shown to be complete when the large facial scar left from his lightsaber battle on the Starkiller Base fully disappears. In all later scenes with Rey and Han Solo, his face is scar free.
  • The theme being played when Luke lifts the X-wing out of the water is the same theme used in Empire Strikes Back when Yoda lifted the X-wing out of the Dagobah swamp.
  • After Ben Solo turns from the dark side, every instance where Kylo Ren's theme is heard, it is played in a more light-side-esque tone.
  • Luke Skywalker's final triumphant feat at the conclusion of the Skywalker Saga is to lift his X-wing from its sunken state, a feat he could not accomplish in Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980). This moment serves to prove how strong he has become as a Jedi Master - especially because he was dead when he did it.
  • Among the Jedi voices Rey hears during the "all Jedi" scene are: Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen), Luminara Unduli (Olivia d'Abo), Ahsoka Tano (Ashley Eckstein), Aayla Secura (Jennifer Hale), Mace Windu (Samuel L. Jackson), younger Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor), older Obi-Wan Kenobi (Alec Guinness via digitally altered archive audio), Yoda (Frank Oz), Adi Gallia (Angelique Perrin), Kanan Jarrus (Freddie Prinze Jr.), Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson), and Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill).
  • When Ben Solo receives the lightsaber from Rey while battling the Knights of Ren, he gives a shrug that is very similar to Han Solo's shrug in Return of the Jedi, after all the Ewok ambush the Imperial forces.
  • One of the Jedi voices to speak to Rey was the character of Aayla Secura. She was voiced by the actress Jennifer Hale who also appeared as Commander Shepard in the Mass Effect video games. She also voiced Jedi Bastilla Shan in BioWare's Knights of the Old Republic video game.
  • When the Storm Troopers are raiding the town, one tells the others, very quietly, "If a door's locked, move on to the next one." This echoes the often-ridiculed same line from Star Wars IV: A New Hope.
  • C-3PO's last line of dialogue, "Did you hear that?" was also his first line in Star Wars (1977), making a perfect bookend to the character.
  • This is the fourth time Denis Lawson has played Wedge and the first time Wedge's full name, Wedge Antilles is in the credits of a Star Wars movie.
  • The film cast includes three Oscar winners (Lupita Nyong'o, Chris Terrio and John Williams) and eight Oscar nominees (Adam Driver, Richard E. Grant, Liam Neeson, Samuel L. Jackson, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Matthew Wood, James Earl Jones and Harrison Ford).
  • The opening fanfare and main title music are reprised during the end credits, for the first time in the nine-film saga.
  • Many of the force abilities shown or spoken of in this movie can be found in the James Lucerno Star Wars novel Plagueis, such as using the force to heal, Sith's spirits jumping from their dying body to their apprentice, or even transferring their essence into a clone body (e.g. the many Snokes in a tank seen at the beginning of the film).
  • Kylo Ren raises a single finger without a word to silence First Order officers. This echoes the same move his father Han Solo did to silence C-3PO in The Empire Strikes Back.
  • When Rey is visiting Luke's farm on Tatooine , the way she slides down the sand mirrors the same action happening on the planet of Jakku, just after she exits the crashed Star Destroyer in Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015).
  • Palpatine's plan to transfer his essence into Rey's body is similar to a story in the Legends timeline book called Darth Bane: Dynasty of Evil, where Darth Bane, the creator of the Sith rule of two, attempted a Force power called Essence Transfer to transfer his life force /consciousness into his apprentice, Darth Zannah.
  • The ability to heal with the Force as displayed by Rey was touched upon a few times before in the movie series: it is implied that Emperor Palpatine stabilizes the severely burned Anakin through touch on Mustafar in Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005), and Obi-Wan Kenobi appears to awaken an unconscious Luke in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) this way. This healing ability may be an extension of the life-prolonging Force power ("cheat death") that Palpatine refers to in Revenge of the Sith. This use of the Force is considered to be associated with the Sith, and coupled with Rey's use of Force lightning, is another indicator of how susceptible she is to the Dark Side of the Force.
  • This is the first Star Wars movie to feature both Ewan McGregor as young Obi-Wan Kenobi as well as his real-life uncle Denis Lawson as Wedge Antilles. Lawson was asked to appear in Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) but declined.
  • This film marks the return of all four of the major cast members of "The Empire Strikes Back", Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford and Billy Dee Williams.
  • Firefly Easter egg: in the scene where ships from across the Galaxy come to help the Rebellion, Serenity is very visible, center of the screen, obstructed slightly by the ship the camera is following.
  • Kylo Ren/Ben Solo's last word is "Ow."
  • Rey's parents hide her from the Emperor when she is a child to protect her. This mirrors the opening of Rogue One where Jyn Erso's parents try to hide Jyn.
  • Cameo: Jodie Comer appears as Rey's mother.
  • The scene when Rey hears the Jedi voices during the battle with the Emperor is an idea that originated with George Lucas. In an early script draft for Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983), Lucas had the Force ghosts for Obi-Wan and Yoda create a shield around Luke to deflect the Emperor's lightning. Lucas abandoned this concept, but the notion of hearing Jedi voices has appeared in other films throughout the series, including Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) and Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002).
  • Wedge Antilles (Denis Lawson) makes a cameo return late in the film. In the original trilogy of films Wedge had an American accent. Strangely, in this film his accent is distinctly English. Lawson was in fact born in Scotland.
  • Rey uses two lightsabers to repel the Emperor's lightning at him, melting his face. A variation of this idea happened previously in Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005), when Mace Windu used one lightsaber to block the lightning, causing the Emperor's facial disfigurement.
  • When Rey uses the dagger to locate the Sith Wayfinder, it points toward a tower-like structure with four transepts jutting out at right angles. This is the elevator tower leading up to the Emperor's throne room. It's structure is briefly shown in an exterior shot towards the end of Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983). Rey later climbs up the elevator shaft that the Emperor Palpatine was thrown from.
  • There are several brief shots of Final Order Star Destroyers being damaged and crashing into planets. The last of these shots is of a Star Destroyer crashing into the Jakku desert. The shot of the partially buried Star Destroyer and X-wing in the foreground is the same shot Rey passes through on her speeder in Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015).
  • There is a throwaway line as Finn and Rey sink in the 'quicksand' where Finn says to Rey "there's something I never told you" - the rest cutoff by the sand and left unsaid. Then, near the end of the movie, Finn is shown sensing Rey's "death". It seems an unused subplot relates to Finn being revealed to be Force-sensitive... much like Leia was in the original movies.
  • Towards the end of the film, Ben Solo shoots an attacker behind him without looking. This mirrors Han Solo's behind-the-back blaster shot during the battle on Takodana in Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015).
  • Zorii Bliss never removes her helmet throughout the movie. She just removes her lens talking with Poe Dameron in Kijimi.
  • Second fantasy franchise for Shirley Henderson, who voices Babu Frik, after her appearance as Moaning Myrtle in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005).
  • This marks the return in a feature film of Ian McDiarmid as Palpatine, 14 years later of Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005).
  • Luke Skywalker appears as a Jedi ghost just two times, the first to reveal Rey's relation with Palpatine and the second to salute her at a distance in Tatooine's desert together with Leia. It mirrors Obi-Wan Kenobi's role from Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983), where he appears as a Jedi ghost two times: the first to reveal Luke's relation with Leia and the second to salute him at a distance in Endor's forest, together with Yoda and Darth Vader, turned again into Anakin Skywalker.
  • Lando Calrissian establishes that only two Sith Wayfinders were created for traveling Exegol. After Kylo Ren finds the first in Mustafar at the prologue, Rey finds the second Sith Wayfinder in a secret room at the Emperor's throne room in the ruins of the Second Death Star. It would imply that the Sith Wayfinder was already hidden in Second Death Star when Emperor Palpatine met Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader in Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983).
  • When Rey finds the second Sith Wayfinder in the secret room at the Emperor's throne room of Second Death Star, she briefly fights against her Sith version. It mirrors the battle between Luke Skywalker against his evil version in the cavern of Dagobah seen in Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980).
  • The planet where Kylo Ren acquires one of the two Sith Wayfinders in the prologue is Mustafar, the same planet on which Obi-Wan Kenobi fought against Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005).
  • The names of Rey's parents are never revealed.
  • Although the first time that the word "Sith" is spoken was in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999), the term was yet conceived in the 1974's rough draft of Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), but it was rejected in the final script. Later works in the de-canonized Expanded Universe (renamed as Legends) in 80s and 90s years as Timothy Zahn's The Thrawn Trilogy incorporated the word, prior to Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999).
  • The only entry in the sequel trilogy in which all of the main heroes from the original trilogy (Luke, Leia and Han) have spoken dialogue.
  • The return of Ben Solo from the dark side is marked by the switch of lightsaber color: his own red, Sith style lightsaber is discarded and replaced by the blue, Jedi style lightsaber provided by Rey on Exegol.
  • The brief flashback of Luke and Leia sparring was filmed using Billie Lourd standing in for Carrie Fisher and Lukaz Leong standing in for Mark Hamill. Outtakes from Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) were used by the filmmakers to superimpose Luke and Leia's faces over the actors.
  • Colin Trevorrow's alleged leaked draft indicated that the title was Star Wars: Duel of the Fates, which is the title of one of the main theme songs from the Prequel Trilogy.
  • There are 14,448 ships coming to the rescue over the skies of Exegol.
  • The star field that Rey sees as she reaches out to the Jedi voices of the past is same star field seen in the first shot of STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE.
  • Warwick Davis reprises his role of Wicket the Ewok while his son, Harrison Davis, plays Pommet, son of Wicket.
  • The Sandcrawler on Tatooine that can be seen near the end was actually a miniature prop. Forced perspective was used to create the illusion that it was far bigger.
  • As can be seen in the final scenes, Rey has made her new, yellow lightsaber from the metal fighting staff she has used throughout the trilogy.
  • Two main turning points in this trilogy might have been hinted by John Williams in his scores. The first one is Snoke having been created by Palpatine, which could have been foreshadowed by Williams using Palpatine's leitmotif in Snoke's scenes in "The Force Awakens". The second one is Luke finally becoming the Jedi master he was destined to be, shown by Yoda's theme being used when Luke manages to rise his X-Wing at last. This way, Williams uses already known themes for characters they weren't meant to, showing how they're evolving in that specific direction.
  • The duel between Rey and Kylo Ren on Kef Bir is the exact opposite of the duel between Anakin and Obi-Wan on Mustafar. In Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005), the duel emphasizes Anakin's turn to the dark side. In this film, the duel redeems Kylo Ren/Ben Solo and returns him to the light side. Furthermore, the lava on Mustafar represents hate, while the water on Kef Bir represents peace.
  • An abandoned scene from Revenge of the Sith would've revealed Palpatine as the one who created Anakin Skywalker (influenced Midichloreans to create life). This would make Palpatine Anakin's father and Luke's grandfather, and since it's revealed that Palpatine is also Rey's biological grandfather, she really IS, in fact, a Skywalker.
  • In Colin Trevorrow's aborted "Duel of the Fates" script for Episode IX, General Hux commits suicide by performing seppuku with a lightsaber when it becomes clear the First Order has been defeated.
  • Only a handful characters from the original trilogy make prominent appearances in the Sequel trilogy, mainly Luke, Leia, Han, Chewie, Threepio, Artoo, Lando, Wedge, Yoda, and Palpatine. All are characters prominently featured in the Original Trilogy and the Prequel Trilogy. However, none of the characters introduced in the Clone Wars, Rebels, Solo, or The Mandalorian are featured, most notably Ahsoka Tano, Darth Maul, Qi'Ra, or Baby Yoda.
  • Aside from the epilogue of this film, throughout the entire Sequel Trilogy none of the many worlds established in the Prequel Trilogy, the Original Trilogy, or the Shows are ever shown.
  • In Colin Trevorrow's aborted Episode IX script Emperor Palpatine did not return. Kylo Ren was the main villain of the story, although a new Sith Master, a 7000-year-old alien named Tor Valum, was introduced.
  • Luke Skywalker's right hand is never seen on screen.
  • Flashback scenes involving Jedi Hunter Ochi were filmed with Scottish actor Gavin Cunningham playing the character. However, they were not used.
  • Darth Sidious was 119 years old when he died.
  • "Rey" is the Spanish word for "King." This may be a hint as to her actual lineage which is revealed in this film.
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