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  • Will be released the same year as another highly anticipated, epic finale film: Marvel Studios' Avengers: Endgame (2019).
  • Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow was signed on to direct in 2015, and left in 2017.
  • This film will mark the fifth time that the number of Star Wars Saga movies not directed by George Lucas will overtake the number directed by George Lucas. He did not direct Episodes V-VIII either.
  • Shot on 35mm, 70mm and the second movie in the series to be shot on 70mm film, and the first Star Wars movie since Return of the Jedi (1983) to be shot entirely on celluloid.
  • It was released 20 years after Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999).
  • Producers had a bigger role planned for Leia prior to Carrie Fisher's death. Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy remarked, "(Carrie) 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, family members Todd Fisher and Billie Lourd granted Disney and Lucasfilm permission to use Carrie's likeness in the form of unused footage, but at Star Wars Celebration 2017, Kennedy stated that she would sadly not appear at all in this movie. However, Lucasfilm has since confirmed the use of her unused footage for this movie.
  • It was rumoured that Disney was considering using the same CGI techniques used in Rogue One to have Carrie Fisher in this movie, but they have since denied it.
  • 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.
  • Cinematographer John Schwartzman is the step-son of Talia Shire, whose brother Francis Ford Coppola worked with Star Wars creator George Lucas on his early films.
  • 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 originally going to direct the film, but he decided to step down from directing it and he was replaced by J.J. Abrams who directed Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015).
  • 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 December 2017, with Abrams and Chris Terrio writing the script.
  • John Williams stated that this would be the final "Star Wars" film for which he composed music.
  • Is the 2nd Star Wars Film to release the same year as a film in Disney/Pixar's Toy Story Franchise, of which has featured a good amount of Star Wars Spoofs. The first had been Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999).
  • When George Lucas originally laid out plans for twelve episodes then reduced that number 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, as 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 (C-3PO) 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.
  • Anthony Daniels (C3PO) is the only cast member to have appeared in all main series Star Wars movies.
  • The initial working title of this movie was "Star Wars: Black Diamond". In June 2018, the working title was changed to "trIXie".
  • Is the only film in the Sequel Trilogy to not release the same year as a film in Illumination's Despicable Me franchise. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) released the same year as the spinoff film Minions (2015), and Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) released the same year as Despicable Me 3 (2017).
  • With the announcement of Matt Smith being cast in Episode IX, this will be the second time that John Boyega has worked with a "Doctor" from Doctor Who. He also starred with Jodie Whitaker in the 2011 film 'Attack the Block'.
  • Footage of Carrie Fisher from the prior two films was incorporated through the process of rotoscoping, or digitally removing the background of footage and superimposing it elsewhere. Visual effects were also used to change her wardrobe and add gray to her hair so the footage from the films would match.
  • Security was so tight during filming, Mark Hamill said it was "like being in the CIA."
  • The film will be released the same year and same month as Untitled Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle Sequel (2019), just like when Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (2017) was released in the same year and same month as Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017). Karen Gillan whom stars in that movie had played Amy Pond, companion of The Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith) in Doctor Who (2005) (TV Series). Matt Smith stars in Episode IX. Both of those films were also directed by Jake Kasdan, whose father, Lawrence Kasdan, wrote Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983), Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), and Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018).
  • 4 years earlier Matt Smith had starred in Terminator Genisys (2015) as an embodiment of Skynet. The film was released 5 months before Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015). Star Wars: Episode IX will be released a month after Untitled Terminator Reboot (2019).
  • Downplayed with Naomi Ackie, since she's best known for a supporting role in Lady Macbeth and has had some minor TV roles, but was labelled a promising newcomer before being cast in Star Wars, much like Kelly Marie Tran and Daisy Ridley before her.
  • As soon as it was announced that J. J. Abrams would take the director's seat, fans affectionately started to call the movie Return of the J. J. - fitting, given the movie's nature as a trilogy-capper.
  • Some had also jokingly called the film From His Nap, given the previous two films were The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi. In other words, The Force Awakens The Last Jedi From His Nap.
  • Lucasfilm debated on whether or not Leia would appear in the movie in light of the death of Carrie Fisher, with a CGI performance quickly being ruled out. Todd Fisher, her brother, spilled the beans that the family gave Lucasfilm permission to use unreleased archive footage of Leia, which Lucasfilm later denied that they would use while Colin Trevorrow was still signed on to the project. Much later, J. J. Abrams - who is otherwise known for his secrecy on his projects - came forward and stated that they would be repurposing unseen footage of Leia into the movie after all when the movie's casting list was unveiled.
  • 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.
  • As with The Last Jedi, Carrie Fisher is given a credit in this film despite her death in December 2016.
  • 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).
  • The release was initially planned for May 25, 2019, but got delayed until December 20, 2019 due to director J. J. Abrams replacing Colin Trevorrow and likely to give him time for his rewrites, in addition to Christmas proving to be a strong season to release such a massive film. Aladdin took its place in May.
  • Leia was supposed to have a major role in this movie since she would've been the sole surviving member of the original trio, but Fisher's death nixed that. In an interview from May 2017, Kathleen Kennedy has said that Leia would've been the most important supporting character in this movie, similar to Han's role in Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) and Luke's role in Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (2017). Though Fisher's death changed the content of this movie substantially, and is believed to have led to Colin Trevorrow's departure, she will still have a major role to play in this movie, as Lucasfilm will be using archival footage from Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) to integrate her into the story.
  • 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).
  • Mark Hamill confirmed his involvement with this movie ahead of the release of Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (2017).
  • 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.
  • The first Star Wars film co-written by an Academy Award-winning screenwriter, Chris Terrio.
  • Irrelevantly, this is Adam Driver and Keri Russell's first movie together, after the play "Burn This".
  • 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.)
  • Principal photography began on August 1, 2018, at Pinewood Studios near London, England. Filming was also done in Wadi Rum, Jordan. Oscar Isaac stated that writer and director J.J. Abrams was allowing more improvised acting than in the previous two movies. On January 28, 2019, Anthony Daniels finished filming for his role as C-3PO in this movie. Principal photography wrapped on February 15, 2019. Footage from this movie was shown at the Walt Disney Company's annual shareholders meeting on March 7, 2019.
  • The design of Kylo Ren's (Adam Driver) 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".
  • As of the ending of Episode VIII, Mace Windu and Rey are the only characters of those who have engaged in lightsaber duels in all the live-action Star Wars movies to have never been defeated onscreen; everyone else, including powerful Force users like Yoda, Obi-Wan, Anakin, Luke, Dooku and Darth Sidious, have all been bested at least once (although there is some debate among fans about whether Sidious' defeat by Windu was actually a deliberate ploy by the Sidious).
  • 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 thirty-six years, the return of the characters Lando Calrissian and Wedge Antilles marks the longest time for any original actors to reprise his 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.
  • With his appearance in this movie, Anthony Daniels (C-3PO) becomes the only person to appear in all nine episodes of the Star Wars saga.
  • 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.
  • 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."
  • At two hours and thirty-five minutes, this is the longest Star Wars movie, just three minutes longer than Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (2017), and twenty minutes longer than Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015).
  • 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 their 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.
  • Anthony Daniels (C-3PO) and John Williams' final involvement of the whole 9 film Skywalker Saga.
  • 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.
  • There are no after credits in this movie.
  • Just like prequels, the movie ends without any dialogues in the last few minutes.
  • 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).
  • When Rey, Finn, and Poe meet with Lando Calrissian he says "I have a bad feeling about this" that phrase has been said in every Star Wars trilogy movie.
  • In reference to the iconic line "Let the Wookie win" from the first movie, Finn (John Boyega) and Poe (Oscar Isaac) are playing Dejarik with Chewbacca and trying to figure out why he always wins.
  • Keri Russell's full face is never seen at all. She wears a helmet for all of her scenes.
  • Although barely audible, if you listen carefully while the Storm Troopers are raiding the town, you can hear one of them tell the others, "If a door's locked, move on to the next one." This, of course, echoes the often-ridiculed same line from Star Wars IV: A New Hope.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • During the end credits of this film, for the first time in the nine-film saga, the opening fanfare and Main Title music is reprised.
  • Domhnall Gleeson and Oscar Isaac have appeared together in another science fiction film, Ex Machina (2014).
  • Dominic Monaghan previously collaborated with J.J. Abrams on the TV show Lost (2004).
  • Series music composer John Williams appears for a cameo as the bartender in the cantina on Kijimi.
  • 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.
  • Ian McDiarmid, Peter Mayhew, and Anthony Daniels are the only three actors who physically appeared in all three trilogies (though only Daniels appeared in all the movies). Frank Oz, while not appearing physically, does voice Yoda in all three (although not in "Episode IV: A New Hope.) as does James Earl Jones voicing Darth Vader.
  • 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).
  • Kelly Marie Tran (Rose Tico) has significantly less screen time than she did in the previous film, serving as a background character. Most of Tran's scenes ended up on the cutting room floor. Many fans have expressed disgust at the treatment of Tran's character, especially following the backlash she received after 'The Last Jedi' saying 'Rose Tico deserved better'.
  • Dhani Harrison plays a storm trooper named FN-0878. Harrison was born in August, 1978 (or, 08/78).
  • In addition to playing C-3PO for the ninth time, Anthony Daniels is seen briefly as a gunner on the Millennium Falcon, the first time he has appeared on screen without that costume in a Star Wars movie.
  • 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".
  • Actors Greg Grunberg and Dominic Monaghan both had previously collaborated with director J.J. Abrams on the TV series Lost (2004-2010).
  • In Italian the name "Palpatine" has an unfortunate double meaning: "palpatine" comes from the verb "palpare" (to grope) and means therefore "little groping".
  • Number of days separating the American original release dates of Episode IV (May 25, 1977) and Episode IX (December 20, 2019): 15,550.
  • 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 which all the other chapters revolve around; with his appearance in that film.
  • Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), Anthony Daniels (C3PO), and Ian McDiarmid (Senator/Emperor Palpatine) are the only three actors to physically appear in at least one movie from each of the three trilogies. James Earl Jones provides the voice of Darth Vader in at least one movie from each of the three trilogies, but never physically appear.
  • The mountain planet which Zorri Bliss lives is called Kijimi. Kijjimi is a nod to Kejim, a planet from the non-canon video game Star Wars: Jedi Knight II - Jedi Outcast (2002). In the game, Kyle Katarn and Jan Ors are sent by Mon Mothma to investigate a Imperial Remannt Base on Kejim after the New Republic intercepts a suspicious transmission coming from the base.
  • 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.

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  • The characters of Luke Skywalker and Supreme Leader Snoke appearing in the 9th installment of the franchise remain in question after the ending of The Last Jedi.
  • As of July 28, 2018 Todd Fisher, the brother of the late Carrie Fisher, stated that Carrie will reprise her role as Princess Leia in the new and final "Star Wars" film by using previously unreleased footage of her shot for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens". She will not be CGIed or recasted.
  • The Knights of Ren are rumoured to make a return after they appeared in Rey's vision in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015).
  • 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. There is still one scene in which Fisher was digitally 'de-aged': the very brief flashback scene.
  • Disagreements between Colin Trevorrow and Lucasfilm over this movie's script drafts during the early stages of production led to them mutually going their separate ways. It was reported that Rian Johnson's take on Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (2017) ruined Trevorrow's plans for this movie, as he wanted to use Luke Skywalker and Supreme Leader Snoke in some capacity. Due to both of those characters' unfortunate deaths in Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (2017), Trevorrow was unable to come up with a new story and was let go. Carrie Fisher's death, and the changes to the script that were necessary as a result, are believed to be a part of these creative differences.
  • 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.
  • In the same vein of Rian Johnson asking J.J. Abrams to have R2-D2 come with Rey to find Luke at the end of Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), original director Colin Trevorrow asked Johnson to put something in Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) that he would expand on in Episode IX. This was likely the Force-friendly child looking at the stars on Canto Bight in the final scene. However, this set-up will not likely receive its intended pay-off following the ousting of Trevorrow from the film, and the decision to overhaul the script as a result.
  • George Lucas once stated that the entire Star Wars saga was told from the viewpoint of C-3PO and R2-D2. With the death of Han Solo, the supposed death of Luke Skywalker, and the possible death of Leia Organa following Carrie Fisher's death, it now seems that these two characters will be the only ones to survive all nine movies.
  • On April 12th, 2019, Kathleen Kennedy and some of the cast and crew of Star Wars Episode IX revealed the long awaited title and first teaser trailer. The biggest reveal out of the whole thing is Palpatine is allegedly to be resurrected.
  • 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 also covered in some kind of seaweed-looking plant.
  • Harrison Ford reprises his role as Han Solo for the last time in a brief scene with Adam Driver as Kylo Ren.
  • 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.
  • It is shown in this movie that one can use the Force to heal wounds and bring people back to life. This power was first shown a day previously in Chapter 7: The Reckoning (2019), episode 7 of The Mandalorian (2019) when The Child uses it to heal the wounds of Greef Karga (Carl Weathers).
  • Similar to Marvel Avengers Endgame's famous quote "I AM INEVITABLE" by Thanos & "I AM.. IRONMAN" by Ironman, here they are "I AM ALL THE SITH" by Palpatine & "I AM.. ALL THE JEDI" by Rey.
  • During the ending epilogue, the film features the first same sex kiss in the Star Wars film universe; when Amanda Lawrence's character Commander D'acy kisses Resistance pilot Tyce (Vinette Robinson) during the celebration scenes.
  • 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.
  • The Force healing ability Rey and Ben Solo uses was first introduced, used by The Child (Baby Yoda) in The Mandalorian: "Chapter 7", which directly sets up the events of Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker.
  • This is the second time in the Star Wars saga where a main villain turns to the light side and sacrifices his life in order to save the protagonist.
  • Rey becomes the first movie Jedi to have a yellow light saber. 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.
  • Returning to series tradition, the final scene features at least one member of the Skywalker family: the Force Ghosts of Luke and Leia are seen in the Tatooine desert. This makes Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (2017) the only movie out of the nine episodes to break with the tradition.
  • 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.
  • Rey attempting to pull a transport from the sky with the Force, as well as Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) returning to the Light Side of the Force, mirrors Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (2008), where Darth Vader's secret apprentice uses the Force to pull down an entire Star Destroyer, and later abandons the Sith to return to the Light Side.
  • 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'.
  • The gray haired pilot that says "nice shot Poe" in the final battle is none other than Anthony Daniels (C-3P0) himself.
  • When the Jedi of the past call out to Rey, you can hear Jedi from every major Star Wars media: Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Yoda, and Obi-Wan Kenobi (Alec Guinness) from the original trilogy, Anakin Skywalker, Qui-Gon Jinn, Mace Windu, and Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) from the prequel trilogy, Ashoka Tano and Adi Gallia from Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and Kannan Jarus from Star Wars Rebels. Additionally, Olivia d'Abo and Jennifer Hale, who provided extensive voice work for various Star Wars video games, voice two Jedi named Luminara Unduli and Aayla Secura.
  • 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).
  • Harrison Ford returns as Han Solo
  • It is reviled that Rey is the granddaughter to Emperor Palpatine. His son was father.
  • Rey gives up the Palpatine name and adopts the Skywalker name
  • 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.
  • We didn't hear anybody explicitly say "I have a bad feeling about this." in The Last Jedi (although later it was revealed by director Rian Johnson that BB-8 said it in droid language). The line made its return in The Rise of Skywalker, spoken by Lando Calrissian.
  • In the final scene, the setting twin suns of Tatooine are shown in essentially the same alignment as BB-8's body and head.
  • Throughout the sequels, Kylo Ren/Ben Solo is obsessed with "finishing what his grandfather started". Anakin was driven to the dark side by his desire to save Padme from death. Ben successfully restores Rey's life instead, a feat his maternal grandfather failed to accomplish. So, without conquering the galaxy, he technically still finishes what his grandfather started.
  • In the transition from Kylo Ren to Ben Solo [Adam Driver], the transition is shown to be complete when the large facial scar left from his lightsaber battle on the Starkiller Base fully disappears and he has visibly returned to look like the original Ben Solo. In all later scenes with Rey [Daisy Ridley] and Han Solo [Harrison Ford], his face is scar free.
  • Instead of factories, Palpatine [Ian McDermid] reveals that he conjers his fleet, explaining that is is dark side powers that allow them to have so many and such large battleships and weapons. He just "creates" them on the planet Exegol. The stormtroopers and First / Final Order officers though still have to be recruited and or conscripted from throughout the galaxy.
  • As kind of an end mark to the trilogy in this film the first order becomes the last order by the words of Palpatine. On the other hand the group of main characters on the light side around Rey are call the last hope as a remark to Episode I- A New Hope. You could say the light side gets the symbolism of overruling the dark side by get the bigger span between the overall storyline from movie I to IX for the Jedi versus VII to IX for the Sith.
  • Many elements of the redacted Expanded Universe, now called Legends, informed the more mythological elements of this film. One of which is the miraculous return of Emperor Palpatine; in the Dark Empire run of comic books in the 90's, Luke Skywalker senses the deceased Emperor when he hears his voice echoing across the galaxy. He follows it to the Emperor's lair where he reveals that he survived by passing his essence into a clone body. And that the dark side affords that kind of power. Later he attempts to turn the Jedi twins (Luke and Leia) against each other. Events play out similarly in this film; Kylo Ren heeds the Emperor's voice from across the stars and tracks him to the unknown regions. Palpatine's body is barely functioning and he's surrounded by cloning pods. Later in the film he intends on Rey killing him and allowing his essence to pass to her.
  • 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.
  • In the next to last shot, as BB-8 is shown looking at Rey, the twin suns of Tattooine behind him appear to form the silhouette of the droid himself.
  • Ahsoka Tano, one-time pupil to Anakin Skywalker, can be heard speaking to Rey in this film, long with other former Jedi such as Anakin, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Yoda, Luke Skywalker, and Kansan Jarrus.
  • 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 other former Jedi actors, the voices of Ewan McGregor (Obi-Wan Kenobi), Liam Neeson (Qui-gon Jinm), and Samuel L. Jackson (Mace Windu) can be heard speaking to Rey during her climatic battle with the emperor
  • 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), 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Beaumont Kin (Dominic Monaghan) suggests the use of the Holdo maneuver against the Sith fleet, but someone points out that this maneuver is very hard to pull off. The maneuver was named after Vice Admiral Holdo, who sacrificed herself in Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (2017) by destroying the First Order flagship, the Supremacy, by crashing through it while engaging her ship in hyperspace. At the end, two Ewoks are watching a Star Destroyer broken in half in orbit around Endor, indicating that someone successfully used the Holdo maneuver on it.
  • 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."
  • This film shares a few similarities to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2. Both are the final film in the Star Wars and Harry Potter franchise respectively, both serve as the climax to the respective franchises, both the main antagonists Palpatine/Sidious & Voldemort/Tom Riddle are finally defeated and are each killed by their own powers namely Force Lighting and the killing curse respectively, both films obtain characters from throughout the franchise and both Rey and Harry rid of the Skywalker light sabers and the Elder Wand respectively.
  • 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).
  • Beaumont points to use "Holdo Maneuver" to destroy Sith Star Destroyers. At the end of the movie can be seen above Endor's sky a Sith Star Destroyer broke it in two by a Holdo Maneuver. It was shown in Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (2017), when Vice Admiral Holdo (Laura Dern) crashes the Leia's starship Raddus against Snoke's Star Dreadnought Supremacy at lightspeed, breaking it in two as well as the Star Destroyers that accompanied Supremacy.
  • 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 Jedi ghost just two times, the first to reveal Rey's relation with Palpatine and the second to salute her at the distance in Tatooine's desert together Leia. It mirrors Obi-Wan Kenobi's role from Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983), where he appears as ghost Jedi two times: the first to reveal Luke's relation with Leia and the second to salute him at distance in Endor's forest, together Yoda and Darth Vader, turned again in Anakin Skywalker.
  • The saga ends on planet Tatooine, where it started on Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977).
  • 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 implies that Sith Wayfinder was yet 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, which had a prominent role in Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005) as it was where Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) fought against Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen), hurting him severally. Anakin was rescued later by Emperor Palpatine, saving Anakin's life by turning him into Darth Vader.
  • Rey's parents names never are 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).
  • First appearance of Warwick Davis as Wicket W. Warrick in a feature film since Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983), 36 years ago. Although he reprised his role in The Ewok Adventure (1984) and Ewoks: The Battle for Endor (1985), they not count since they two are TV movies.
  • When Lando Calrissian talks Poe Dameron about how Galactic Empire was defeated, Lando dresses the same clothes he wore when he was introduced in Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980).
  • This movie marks the first Star Wars trilogy without any involvement of George Lucas as writer, producer and/or director.
  • Marks the first time C-3PO is entirely gold. Previous films he was either still being constructed, had a silver leg, or a red arm.
  • 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 lightsabre color: his own red, Sith style sabre is discarded and replaced by the blue, Jedi style sabre 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 assist with the motion capture.
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