Watch This Before You See Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker
- Published on: Saturday, October 26, 2019
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The end of an epic nine-film arc, The Rise of Skywalker has the near-impossible task of wrapping up cinema's most-celebrated space saga. Here are some fun production details to get you pumped, plus some supposedly leaked plot points that just might come into fruition. WARNING: Major spoilers ahead ... potentially!
One new planet we'll be visiting in The Rise of Skywalker is called Pasaana, a world of sand and unforgiving sun. Yeah — another one.
The planet, which is actually the Wadi Rum desert valley in southern Jordan, will seemingly play host to a pivotal moment in The Rise of Skywalker. We saw Rey jumping over a TIE fighter on a very Jordanian-looking landscape in the first Episode IX teaser trailer, as well as Finn and Poe skidding on sand. At this stage, all we know for sure about Pasaana is that it's home to the Aki-Aki, a native race being played by Jordanian locals.
Rumors that red stormtroopers would be appearing in The Rise of Skywalker had been doing the rounds online for months before Lucasfilm finally confirmed them. According to StarWars.com, these fearsome-looking soldiers are known as Sith troopers.
But there's more going on here than just a simple palette swap. Speaking for a feature on StarWars.com, Lucasfilm archivist Madlyn Burkert broke down the Sith trooper uniform, saying,
"It has some really unique aesthetics to it, and it has some subtle ties to previous stormtrooper designs, which I think fans will enjoy discovering."
Episode IX director J.J. Abrams seems equally excited about the introduction of the Sith troopers, saying that he cannot wait for fans to meet this new batch of baddies. Abrams said,
"The materials, the color, the lines... there is something about the aesthetic of it that just felt absolutely right."
Who the Sith troopers serve remains a mystery — some are convinced they'll do the bidding of the returning Emperor Palpatine, while other sources report that they'll answer only to Kylo Ren.
Watch the video to learn more about what you need to know before you see Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker!
Desert planet III: Pasaana | 0:18
Seeing red | 0:50
Dark Side Rey | 1:47
Poe Dameron and Zorii Bliss | 2:26
Trilogy of trilogies | 3:26
Han Solo… back? | 4:10
C-3PO's rumored fate | 5:31
Rey's new power? | 6:18
General Hux: a mole? | 6:58
Where's Lando been? | 7:47
Rey the granddaughter? | 8:33
The Emperor's new throne? | 9:26