The location of the Death Star wreckage in The Rise of Skywalker trailer has finally been revealed. Many Star Wars fans were under the assumption that it was the planet Endor when the first footage dropped. However, that has now been proven false, though it seemed to make sense at the time. The Death Star 2 was destroyed right above Endor and speculation about the return of the Ewoks started to fire up with a possible return to the Forest Moon of Endor, making more than few fans pretty angry in the process. With that being said, we could still see some elderly Ewoks at some point if they head back to the familiar moon.
Disney and Lucasfilm announced today that the Star Tours ride will be revamped to include destinations from The Rise of Skywalker on December 20th. The only location that was officially announced was the "oceanic moon" called Kef Bir, which is where the Death Star wreckage is. No other information was given about the planet, but it seems pretty interesting and we will undoubtedly know more about it in the coming weeks and then we'll be able to experience at the Disney theme parks.
In The Rise of Skywalker footage we've seen thus far, Rey, Finn, and Poe are spotted on Kef Bir and later Kylo Ren and Rey engage there in battle. This may disappoint some Star Wars fans who were hoping to finally get a glimpse of the gas giant planet Endor. However, J.J. Abrams has enough on his plate at the moment and really doesn't need to keep adding more and more new locations.
The ice planet of Kijimi has also finally been shown in better detail in latest and final trailer for The Rise of Skywalker. The planet is very much a mystery, but we know that is where the Thieves' Quarter is and the place where Zorri Bliss hides out. The droidsmith Babu Frik is also a resident as seen in the trailer when he's going through the reprogramming of C-3PO. While not much is known about the planet, it looks like there may be some strong ties to the First Order there, along with Emperor Palpatine.
With images of Emperor Palpatine in Star Wars 9 and his throne finally being shown, it has led to questions as to where this could be. Was Palpatine hanging out on Kijimi this whole time, or are the rumors of Exogol? We don't have the answer at the moment, but the good thing is that there are is less than two months to wait and find out. J.J. Abrams is putting an end to the Skywalker Saga and has a lot of loose ends to tie up with only a short amount of time to do so. He seems confident that he has ended everything in a satisfying way. The official Star Wars site was the first to reveal the "oceanic moon" called Kef Bir.
Dominic Monaghan is no stranger to beloved genre franchises. He trekked across Middle-earth in the Lord of the Rings franchise, he battled polar bears and boats in Lost, and made a minor appearance as the mutant Bolt in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Now he’s appearing in the biggest sci-fi franchise of all time, the highly anticipated upcoming Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. And it’s because of a bet.
Monaghan had hundreds of people tweeting “Guys…where are we?” jokes in the aftermath of the Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker final trailer, which debuted the first look at the Lost alum in the film. He appears in a scene with two familiar faces, behind Kelly-Marie Tran‘s Rose in a trailer at last!, and arm-in-arm with Billie Lourd‘s Lieutenant Connix. But while we don’t know yet who his thus-far unnamed Resistance fighter is or what his role in the film is, we can at least share with you how he got the role.
According to Inverse, Monaghan appeared as a guest on the talk podcast Distraction Pieces with Scroobius Pip in September 2018 where he revealed how he landed the part on The Rise of Skywalker. Monaghan became friends with director J.J. Abrams during their time on Lost fittingly, over their love of Star Wars, so when the director took over directing Episode 9 from Colin Trevorrow, he promised Monaghan the possibility of a role. Monaghan told his agent to avoid other higher-paying projects so that he could be available to fly off to that galaxy far, far away.
But it didn’t come down to an audition for Monaghan. Instead, he won the role through a bet over a World Cup game in which England was playing Colombia.
At the start of that game, because J.J. is a motherfucker in the best way possible, he emailed me and he said, ‘I think I have a Star Wars part for you.’ And I wrote back and said, ‘Brilliant, I won’t bother you but let me know if there’s anything I can do or what I can say.’ He wrote back and said, ‘If England beat Colombia, you’re in.’ I was like, oh mate, you bastard.
England won the penalty shoot-out, and Monaghan soon received another email from Abrams: “You’re in.”
The role was written by Abrams for Monaghan, though that doesn’t guarantee that it will be a major role. The director squeezed in a few high-profile cameos in 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens like Daniel Craig’s uncredited Stormtrooper appearance. And Abrams has always had a room for a few of his Lost alums and frequent collaborators to show up in blink-or-you’ll-miss-it roles.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker opens in theaters on December 20, 2019.
Don’t underestimate a Star Wars fan’s ability to get as nerdy as possible. Especially when it comes to a shot from the final Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker trailer that’s jam-packed with hundreds of ships that are nearly impossible to make out with the human eye. Because they will find them, and they will tell you exactly what make and model those ships are.
The Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker fleet shot is awesome for many reasons, the best being that it inspired one Star Wars fan to spend a solid eight hours identifying and cataloging almost every ship in the frame. Which is both insanely impressive and impossibly nerdy.
One Star Wars fan took to Twitter to catalog every ship in the Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker Resistance fleet shot, and while it’s probably impossible to identify every single one of the hundreds of ships, they did a pretty good job.
Red = New Mon Cala cruiser. Looks similar to MC75 pic.twitter.com/GbKXbNoz5D
— AdmiralNick22 Aftab Ackbar Fan Account @AdmiralNick22 October 21, 2019
The thread continues for six more tweets and 8 more hours, with this Star Wars fan identifying at least 25 more ships. Which is only a fraction of the ships that are present in this shot, but 25 more than a normal, rational person would be able to spot.
Pink = Starfortress bomberBrown = Han's freighter from TFALight Green = Ship from the MandalorianDark Red = U-wing pic.twitter.com/rSmPwWey5I
— AdmiralNick22 Aftab Ackbar Fan Account @AdmiralNick22 October 21, 2019
Click on the tweets to read the entire thread, but it’s clear that some real thought was put into this analysis:
On the October 22, 2019 episode of /Film Daily, /Film editor-in-chief Peter Sciretta is joined by /Film weekend editor Brad Oman for an in depth reaction and analysis of the final Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker trailer.
Opening Banter: Did you get tickets?
‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ Sets New Record for Most Ticket Pre-Sales in First Hour
In Our Feature Presentation: ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ Trailer Breakdown: Long Have We Waited for This
VLOG: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Trailer Reaction: We Got Emotional! How Ralph McQuarrie is Still Influencing the Final Chapter of the ‘Star Wars’ Skywalker Saga ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ Trailer Brings the Skywalker Saga to an End New ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ Promo Features a Familiar Ship Among the Resistance Fleet
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Strap in, Star Wars fans – the longest film in the franchise’s history blasts into theaters this December.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker tickets went on sale last night, and on those ticketing services, the film’s runtime has been listed at 155 minutes, or 2 hours and 35 minutes. That just barely makes it longer than the previous record holder of the franchise, 2017’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which runs three minutes shorter at 2 hours and 32 minutes.
Sites like AMCTheatres.com and AtomTickets.com list the official Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker runtime at 2 hours and 35 minutes, meaning that J.J. Abrams gets to take the Longest Star Wars Movie crown off Rian Johnson‘s head and wear it himself – that is, until some other Star Wars filmmaker comes along and kicks him off the top of the mountain. Sorry, that’s just how it works. I don’t make the rules.
Here’s how all of the live-action Star Wars movies break down when it comes to runtimes, with The Rise of Skywalker now sitting on top of the pile:
The Rise of Skywalker – 2 hours, 35 minutes The Last Jedi – 2 hours, 32 minutes Attack of the Clones – 2 hours, 22 minutes Revenge of the Sith – 2 hours, 20 minutes The Force Awakens – 2 hours, 15 minutes The Phantom Menace – 2 hours, 13 minutes Return of the Jedi – 2 hours, 12 minutes The Empire Strikes Back – 2 hours, 4 minutes Star Wars – 2 hours, 1 minute
Composer John Williams‘s brother, Don Williams, revealed earlier this summer that the new movie is “top to bottom music” and that John had “135 minutes worth of music to write, so that kind of tells how long the film is.” Assuming this is the finalized locked-in run time and that John Williams is indeed creating 135 minutes of music for the film, that means there will only be 20 minutes in this entire movie which won’t have some sort of score playing underneath. I expect those numbers to fluctuate a bit that would be A LOT of music, but that was our first indication that we were in for a long one with The Rise of Skywalker, and now it’s confirmed. Looks like it’ll be a fitting end for the saga’s epic conclusion.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker brings the saga to a close on December 20, 2019.
The six highest-grossing movies of the year are Avengers: Endgame, The Lion King, Toy Story 4, Captain Marvel, Spider-Man: Far From Home, and Aladdin. Or put another way, that’s: Disney, Disney, Disney, Disney, Sony/Disney, and Disney. Of course, there are still two-plus months left in 2019, so it’s not a fixed top-six; save room for Disney’s Frozen 2 and Disney’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, which is off to a record-breaking start.
The ninth and final film in the Skywalker saga but first film in the space horse saga! sold 45 percent more tickets than Endgame “during its first hour of pre-sales on Atom Tickets,” according to CNBC. It’s a notable accomplishment because Endgame went on to become the highest-grossing movie ever worldwide, thanks in large part to earning $357 million in the United States/Canada during its first weekend at the box office.
It’s worth asking: Could The Rise of Skywalker dethrone wink Endgame?
It’s possible, and selling 45 percent more tickets is impressive, but I wouldn’t bet on Rise out-earning Avengers: Endgame, let alone The Force Awakens, which owns the domestic gross record. For one thing, Marvel is more popular in markets like China than Star Wars Disney is already working on a solution for this. Also, both the original trilogy and prequels have followed the same formula in North America: the first film, A New Hope and The Phantom Menace, made the most money; the second film, The Empire Strikes Back and Attack of the Clones, made the least money; and the final film, Return of the Jedi and Revenge of the Sith, was in the middle. The Last Jedi the second film failed to top The Force Awakens the first film, but maybe Rise the final film can make new Star Wars — and box office — history and usurp them all, including Endgame.