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Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker - first look at new characters

Den of Geek logoDen of Geek 22/05/2019 Richard Jordan

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New images from the Star Wars trilogy closer reveal three new characters played by Keri Russell, Richard E. Grant and Naomi Ackie

Time flies, eh? It’s just under seven months until The Rise Of Skywalker – the third and final part of the new Star Wars trilogy – blasts its way into cinemas, and so far all we’ve had to really whet our appetite has been the recent teaser trailer.

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But now, thanks to Vanity Fair, we’ve got our first look at some of the new characters who are set to be making their debut in Episode 9.

The magazine’s latest issue features a huge behind-the-scenes preview of the new movie, and although it doesn’t actually divulge much in the way of plot or character details (presumably the cast and crew have taken a pretty watertight oath of secrecy), the accompanying photos – shot by the legendary Annie Leibovitz – do at least offer us a glimpse of what to expect from the newbies.

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The pics offer a first look at the mysterious “masked scoundrel” Zorri Bliss (Keri Russell) moseying around the Thieves’ Quarter of the snow-dusted world Kijimi, First Order leader Allegiant General Pryde (Richard E. Grant), and the Resistance’s new ally Jannah (Naomi Ackie). “It’s extremely surreal to be in it and see how it works from the inside,” says Ackie, the Brit actress who appeared in Lady Macbeth and is soon to be seen in the Game Of Thrones prequel series.

a person wearing a costume © Provided by Dennis Publishing Limited Elsewhere, the article also reveals that the events of The Rise Of Skywalker take place a year after the downbeat finale of The Last Jedi, which saw our heroes on the back foot. “There has been a bit of shared history that you haven’t seen,” says Oscar Isaac, who’s back as skilled Resistance pilot Poe Dameron. “Whereas in the other films, Poe is this kind of lone wolf, now he’s really part of a group. They’re going out and going on missions and have a much more familiar dynamic now.”

Meanwhile, JJ Abrams – who's returning to the director’s chair after handing the reins to Rian Johnson for the previous instalment – has given us an idea about where he’s taking the franchise...

a group of people riding on the back of a horse © Provided by Dennis Publishing Limited “This trilogy is about this new generation having to deal with all the debt that has come before,” Abrams says. “The idea of the movie is kind of how I felt going into the movie as a filmmaker, which is to say that I’ve inherited all this stuff, the good and the bad, and it’s all coming to this end, and the question is, do we have what it takes to succeed?”

© Provided by Dennis Publishing Limited We’ll find out when the film hits cinemas on 19 December 2019. 

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