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Star Wars Episode 9: The Rise of Skywalker -- final trailer, release date, plot, cast and rumors

• CNet

Rey, Finn, BB-8 and Poe Dameron have been on an epic journey since 2015's Star Wars: The Force Awakens. And in December, their adventure -- along with the entire Skywalker saga of nine movies -- will meet some kind of conclusion when Star Wars Episode 9: The Rise of Skywalker comes to theaters.

A new trailer arrived Monday night at halftime of Monday Night Football on ESPN, and the emotions it stirred were strong.

Previous reveals have been made at Star Wars Celebration Chicago in April, a big cover story published by Vanity Fair in May and a presentation at Disney's biannual D23 convention in August. Fans now have the first trailer, looks at brand-new characters, a nifty poster and plenty of hints about what the Skywalker saga's conclusion is going to bring.

The movie has a lot to live up to. Director J.J. Abrams will need to find a way to offer an ending to the revived Star Wars movie universe following a mixed reception to The Last Jedi and Solo's box office flop. Also, it's not like his Force Awakens was criticism-free -- some fans knocked it for evoking the original Star Wars film too predictably. He's also dealing with the challenge of keeping Leia Organa a central character despite the death of actress Carrie Fisher in 2016.

But with the film just under two months away from debuting in theaters, there's time before Star Wars returns. Here's everything we know so far.

Release date: When can I see Episode 9?

Star Wars Episode 9: The Rise of Skywalker will hit theaters around the world on Dec. 20, 2019.

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