Carla Harmon
May 23, 2019

But we didn't just get new covers.

The Knights of Ren, a group of masked warriors previously seen briefly in Rey's Force vision in "The Force Awakens", are pictured huddled around director J.J. Abrams in heavy, mismatched armor and wielding some terrifying weapons.

It was also revealed that Richard E. Grant would be playing Allegiant General Pryde, shown sitting alongside Domhnall Gleeson's General Hux.

Driver also pointed out that Ren has not undergone the kind of self-discovery arc typical of major characters in Star Wars films - not yet, anyway - instead being defined nearly exclusively by his past and the expectations that have been placed upon him by both sides. The new images also feature Oscar Isaac as Poe, BB-8, Chewbacca and Billy Dee Williams as Lando Calrissian, Kylo Ren vs Rey, and C-3PO.

The careful process of including cut scenes to allow Fisher's "full human performance" to be untouched, her integration into The Rise of Skywalker is "so complete" she is able to physically interact with other characters, such as the moment she's hugging Daisy Ridley's Rey in the trailer.

As is Abrams' way, The Rise of Skywalker is still very secretive.

"I think there's a part of Rey that's like, dude, you f-king had it all, you had it all, that was always a big question during filming: you had it all and you let it go". "They're going out and going on missions and have a much more familiar dynamic now". Who are they and what do they represent? Will he be seen in flashbacks, perhaps as a means of clarifying the events which Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi posited as the catalyst for Kylo Ren's turn to the Dark Side? Both franchises are owned by Disney, which has certain demands that even Star Wars might have trouble meeting.

Sources close to the movie told Vanity Fair that Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will finally bring to a climax the millennia-long conflict between the Jedi Order and the Sith. But this time, that feeling changed. "It felt slightly more renegade; it felt slightly more like, you know, F-k it, I'm going to do the thing that feels right because it does, not because it adheres to something". He says he used different camera angles, lighting, and story choices than are typical for Star Wars.

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