Star Wars: Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker at the 2019 D23 Expo. During the huge live action and animated film panel at the 2019 D23 Expo Disney, co-chairman and chief creative officer at The Walt Disney Studios, Alan Horn, opened the event with warm greetings to fans that filled every seat in the house.
“You’re not just fans, you’re family,” said Horn to the packed room. “It’s because of you that we keep working so hard to make great movies, and we love D23 Expo because it’s where we can share them with you first.”
First on to agenda was the panel for the upcoming Star Wars film, Star Wars: Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker.
President of Lucasfilm Kathleen Kennedy and “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” director/writer/producer J.J. Abrams showcased the riveting conclusion to the Skywalker saga.
Kennedy and Abrams revved up the audience, introducing nine stars from the film—many of whom marked this as their first D23 Expo appearance: Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Anthony Daniels, Naomi Ackie, Keri Russell, Joonas Suotamo, Kelly Marie Tran and Billy Dee Williams, plus special appearances from R2-D2, BB-8 and the new droid D-O.
Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy and J.J. Abrams
Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron), John Boyega (Finn) and Daisy Ridley (Rey)
Joonas Suotamo (Chewbacca) and Kelly Marie Tran (Rose Tico)
Naomi Ackie (Jannah)
Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian), Ian McDiarmid (Palpatine), and R2-D2
R2-D2, BB-8, and D-O
A brand-new poster was revealed—and gifted to the entire audience!
And all in attendance of the panel were given a look back at the incredible legacy of Star Wars storytelling and treated to a sneak peek of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. (We wish we could share the details with you, but you’ll have to wait just a bit longer.)
“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” opens in U.S. theaters on Dec. 20, 2019.
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