As filming for Episode IX begins, we’re going to be exposed to many different leaks and rumors concerning the film. Whether it comes to plot details or character arcs, it’s always fun to follow along and see if the predictions actually come to pass. While some early rumors pan out, most don’t (we never did get that Knights of Ren fight on Ahch-To, did we?)
Either way, it’s fun to look back and see what elements did make it into the film, and which leaks turned out to be legitimate. To simplify things, we’ll be making a list of the spoilers, leaks, and rumors along with the dates that they came out, so we can easily look back in December 2019 and see who really did have credible sources at Pinewood and who’s just been drinking a little too much blue milk.
So let’s begin!
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November 20 – EW reveals eight new photos from Episode IX, as well as a first look at the exclusive EW cover where Kylo Ren stands among the Resistance heroes and his scars look less pronounced, leading to more speculation that this is the “healed” Ben Solo from leaks and not “Kylo Ren” as we’ve come to know him as the villain.
November 20 – The cast discusses the finale of the Skywalker saga in the EW video seen here.
November 20 – Oscar Isaac teases the “deep, deep connection” between Poe and Finn in this video interview.
November 19 – Adam Driver discusses Episode IX on The Late Show.
November 13 – According to John Boyega, he was “adamant” that Finn get more involvement with Episode IX, although we’ll see how that plays out on screen.
November 11 – In an interview, Oscar Isaac teases further development of the Jedi and the Sith. “What’s amazing about the story and the script is that you learn that both the Sith and the Jedi have been playing a very long game. From the get-go, there’s been this chess match. All these pieces have been played. And now we get to see who gets checkmate.”
November 11 – Daisy Ridley talks a little bit more about Dark Rey in this interview:
Our sister publication Total Film met with Daisy Ridley, who plays Rey, the day after the trailer premiered and asked the actress about the character’s turn. “It’s fucking awesome,” she said. “I already had an amazing emotional story. But, when [Darth Rey] was pitched, I was like, ‘That sounds amazing.’ It’s fun to do something a bit different.”
Asked whether people be shocked by Rey’s arc in The Rise of Skywalker, she replied: “The whole of Star Wars is about good and evil. With every character, you see some struggle. So, in a way, no. Because it’s the most human thing to see someone struggle with two things within them that are pulling them both ways. If you understand why someone is going on the journey, you will be on the journey regardless. So, hopefully, you’re shocked in a fun way, but you’re also emotionally with her.”
Total Film also met Ridley in London a few months, with the actress elaborating on playing a character who deals with both the light and dark sides of the Force. “[It’s fun] because you get to do all of the human emotions rather than just, ‘I am all baddie. I am all goodie.’ With the dark Rey stuff – who knows what’s happening there. But that, in particular, was fun. Because even though I’m exploring the light and dark of Rey, there’s a different vibe, she still looks like Rey.”
November 11 – In an interview, JJ says, “On this one, I let myself be, at least in the way I was approaching the thing, freer. In Episode 7, I was adhering to a kind of approach that felt right for Star Wars in my head. It was about finding a visual language, like shooting on locations and doing practical things as much as possible. And we continue that in Episode 9, but I also found myself doing things that I’m not sure I would have been as daring to do on Episode 7.”
“Rian helped remind me that that’s why we’re on these movies – not to just do something that you’ve seen before. I won’t say that I felt constrained or limited on 7, but I found myself wanting to do something that felt more consistent with the original trilogy than not. And on 9, I found myself feeling like I’m just gonna go for it a bit more.”
November 6 – In the newest book, Resistance Reborn, Finn reveals that he and Rose spoke and that they are just friends.
October 26 – Brief new footage of Rey, Finn, Poe, Chewbacca and C-3PO on Pasaana
October 25 – In the Star Wars Show, they confirm that you can see the Colossus in The Rise of Skywalker, linking Star Wars Resistance with the new film and hinting a high possibility that Kaz and other fan favorites survive.
October 25 – JediPaxis posted a new summary and his thoughts on the trailer
October 23 – It’s been revealed that Kef Bir is the name of the ocean moon seen in the trailer, and is also the home world of Jannah.
October 22 – A possible leaked image of Rey facing a rejuvenated Palpatine, as described in recent leaks. Although Jason Ward of MSW believes it is real, others speculate this is a fake.
October 22 – A leaked image reveals Kylo Ren and Rey appearing to be fighting side by side, with both of them holding blue lightsabers. Kylo also doesn’t appear to have his previous scar in another trailer shot (although he does appear a bit marred from battle). This may confirm previous leaks that Rey is able to heal him using her new Force healing powers.
The Ice base is in space (no liquid water), where we first see the Falcon meet the resistance fighter who has information about the Kylo Ren and the Sith Fleet.
The last shot of Rey is taken from when she realizes Ben has arrived to help her face Palpatine
Leia’s line is from one of the lines she says when Rey leaves in the beginning
Luke’s line is from Ahch-To
Leia training is now unseen in the beginning, replaced by the opening sequence where SD’s rise from the ground, seen in the trailer.
Palpatine has made his offer to Rey.
Rey rejects the offer when she senses Ben.
Rey destroys the red guards/Ben kills the KoR.
Rey and Ben stand united before the Emperor.
He says this line before force draining them.
It is NOT a reference to the dyad. Also, while some dyad dialogue does remain, this line still isn’t part of that former dialogue.
That is Rey’s helmet on the ground in the jungle.
Kylo’s quarters on his Star Destroyer is where you see Kylo and Rey destroy the Vader helmet while she’s actually on Kijimi during the “flash fight.”
The shot where Rey actually hears Jedi from the past (once she’s has just been force drained and is on the features more that just Luke and Leia ).
October 21 – A shot of Rey holding the Sith Dagger from the trailer, which has been hotly debated in recent leaks.
October 21 – The trailer will be shown tonight on ESPN during halftime on Monday Night Football, or you can watch it on Youtube by clicking here.
October 16 – According to current rumors, the film’s runtime is 155 minutes and tickets will go on sale Monday, October 21, at 8 PM EST. The runtime may fluctuate as apparently they are still trying to decide between as many as 8 different endings.
October 7 – According to Episode 284 of MSW’s podcast, Jason agrees with the leaks that Kylo Ren will be “beat up” by the Knights of Ren before using the Force to defeat them, although Rey might also “share” Anakin’s lightsaber in the battle. Apparently the opening of the film changed due to reshoots, as did several other scenes. One scene is a chase sequence on Pasaana that leads to Poe hacking speeders while they search for Ochi’s ship. Another change is reducing the role of Rey’s parents, although it will apparently show them being murdered on Jakku. The ending is also different – Luke and Leia no longer show up to help Rey defeat Palpatine, but a group of Jedi from the past show up instead, although he has no idea who that could include.
October 6 – Actor Denis Lawson will be reprising his role as Wedge Antilles for The Rise of Skywalker.
October 6 – According to the new Star Wars Monopoly board, the name of the new jungle planet/Resistance base in The Rise of Skywalker is Ajan Kloss.
October 4 – According to Bespin Bulletin, reshoots for The Rise of Skywalker seem to be happening at the Bad Robot HQ in Santa Monica, California.
October 4 – There’s a rumor about a few possible teasers being shown on Sunday before the possible first trailer/ticket sale drop on Monday:
First one: Black screen. Paplatine laugh. Rey wakes startled. Monday Night Football logo, and a message saying see the full trailer tomorrow.
Second one: Shuttle ramp opens, Kylo and his knights descend down it. Kylo is masked. He lights his saber. Monday Night Football logo, and a message saying see the full trailer tomorrow.
Third one: Rey trains in a forest with Leia. She says May the Force Be With you. Cuts to a different scene but same forest where they embrace. Monday Night Football logo, and a message saying see the full trailer tomorrow.
Fourth One: Voice Over from Finn with a black screen with his line from TFA about being taken from a family he’s never known. Cut to Finn and Jannah on space horses coming up over a hill looking battle ready. Monday Night Football logo, and a message saying see the full trailer tomorrow.
Fifth one: no dialogue. Shot of Pryde from behind looking out of a massive bay window at blackness. He’s flanked on either side by Sith Troopers whose backs are also towards us. Lightning lights up the sky to reveal the massive fleet of Star Destroyers out the window. Monday Night Football logo, and a message saying see the full trailer tomorrow.
October 4 – Old Wedge Antilles is featured on the cover of Resistance Reborn, hinting at the possibility of seeing Wedge Antilles again in The Rise of Skywalker.
October 3 – The official Star Wars Twitter account subtly worked in 14/10 into their status, leading some to speculate that the first trailer will drop (and tickets will potentially go on sale) on Monday, October 14th.
October 3 – A martyr took the time to compare and contrast the various leaks between Jason from MSW and the recent JediPaxis leaks. It’s copy and pasted below for your convenience but you can also view it on Reddit by clicking here.
The initial training scene is supposedly formatted so you think it’s Rey sparring with an unknown trainee.
Jason has a large amount of sources saying Leia does train Rey in the film.
A number of Jason’s sources said multiple times that Leia is very close to CGI. She may not be Rogue One levels of CGI, but she’s a heavily modified version of her scenes in TFA.
Jason heard from Pinewood and Black Park that they’re reshooting some of the Leia/Rey training scenes, suggesting there’ll be a change to the sequence.
The “informant” that Finn and Poe get info from is another Resistance member who got the info from an FO mole.
Jason had a source use the exact wording of “mole” when describing the FO situation
When Poe and Finn escape the First Order after the mole scene, Paxis said they escape using a term called “lightspeed skipping”, Jason heard it was called “light-springing” from his own sources.
As Finn and Poe arrive on the Jungle planet, Klaud gets off the Falcon and there may be a scene involving him. That looks to be the total of Klaud’s screentime.
Kylo’s mask restoration scene is “very brief.”
Jason’s sources heard that the cube on Exogol hovers a bit higher than what Paxis said. (about 30 feet)
Jason heard very early on that Lando takes on a very Maz Kanata-ish role in this movie, which was later backed up by Paxis.
Jason heard the dagger was used to kill Rey’s parents, Paxis said it was used to kill Ochi
Before Paxis leaks, Jason heard that Adam Driver was on the Millennium Falcon set on Pasaana. This backs up Paxis’ claim that he boards the Falcon on the planet.
Jason is confident in the sandworm and Pasaana necklace info being correct.
Jason’s sources believe that Kylo is able to step right through the force bond and physically transport himself to Rey’s location. They aren’t sure if he stays there, or if he returns back to where he was once the force bond concludes. Kylo may be on Exogol when he “steps through” the force bond to grab Rey’s necklace and recognize her location on Pasaana.
He heard the sandworm being called a “sandsnake” by some sources.
Jason got info about the healing power that contradicted Paxis’. He heard that Rey heals the worm after the team battles and hurts/kills it. Paxis says the worm is already injured and she heals it out of compassion.
Two different sources of Jason’s are confident in the worm/healing scene.
The gang is in the “catacombs” of Pasaana, the tunnels of which were supposedly formed by the worm itself.
Once the worm is healed, it changes directions upwards, allowing the heroes a way out of the catacombs.
It is shortly after this sequence that Kylo and Rey have their face-off.
When Jason first heard of the worm scenes, Kylo was in them. This leads Jason to believe that Kylo may be in the catacombs also looking for whatever Rey & crew are looking for.
Jason heard during Jordan filming that there was a set where the sand was sucked into the ground. This lines up with Paxis saying the crew get sucked underground on Pasaana.
Zorii is initially going to try turning the crew in to the FO on Kijimi until she recognizes Poe.
Poe is the one doing the heavy leadership stuff in the film. During the Kijimi events, we learn more about Poe’s backstory as a smuggler with Zorii. Other than that, there’s not much to Poe’s arc in this movie.
3PO’s memory getting wiped and R2 having a backup is one of the earliest things he heard about the film. His sources say the memory wipe is one of the most emotional parts of the film.
He heard earlier rumors of 3PO smoking/on fire.
The sources who said 3PO’s memory wipe is emotional, also said that the impact is diminished shortly after, when his memory is restored.
When Rey touches Palpatine’s Wayfinder, she sees herself entering his chamber.
His sources say Daisy Ridley only shot in her “dark side” outfit for 1 day, backing up that it’s just a short vision.
He initially heard that as Rey and Kylo are on the Death Star, Kylo initiates a flashback which shows her parents getting killed by the dagger. Paxis says this moment instead occurs during the Kijimi force bond.
Jason heard stuff about Ben’s resurrection, but it seems that takes place after the lightsaber fight in the second act instead of the third like Jason initially thought.
Jason’s sources said that Han appears to Ben not on the death star as Paxis said, but during the Vader helmet scene where Luke appears and induces a vision.
Jason heard that there are 2.5 Kylo/Rey duels, with the Death Star being the final one.
Jason did hear about Rey returning to AHCH-TO. After leaving Ben on the Death Star, Rey takes Ben’s ship to AHCH-TO where she destroys it. A very good source said that she has Luke’s X-Wing and helmet in the scene. Jason didn’t hear about the Leia dialogue, however.
Jason knows that they’re reshooting scenes in Ireland and saw pictures of the set, which “looks very Star Wars-y”
Jason’s heard versions of Leia’s death scene with Luke and without Luke.
Leia doesn’t seem to leave the Jungle planet in the movie.
Maz is in the Jungle planet scenes at the beginning, as well as the briefing to attack the Sith Fleet towards the end of the movie. She is also present during the attack itself.
The footage from the trailer where Finn and Jannah are in a ship with another Resistance pilot is from the “suicide mission” to destroy Pryde’s flagship. They end up inside the destroyer and throw bombs into the core of the ship, blowing it up. This may be where the zero-gravity rumored scenes take place. As things look dire for Finn and Jannah, they are saved by the Millennium Falcon piloted by Lando.
Jason heard two very opposing Hux things. One of them being Paxis’ leak (Hux is a mole and saves the day for the Resistance), and apparently the other is the “complete opposite”. They’re different enough that Jason thinks they may have filmed two different endings for Hux.
Jason was told that the white and red troopers are in alliance and don’t fight each other.
Poe’s X-Wing was under tarp on-set for much of the third act filming, suggesting Poe may die in the third act.
Palpatine doesn’t appear to use a lightsaber.
Palpatine becoming Matt Smith, and then Matt Smith dying, came from a very reputable source that has told Jason legitimate stuff throughout the years. Jason thinks Matt Smith used to play rejuvenated Palpatine, but now he is just played by Ian McDiarmid.
“Rejuvinated Palpatine” looks like how he did post-Mace Windu fight.
Jason heard independently that Luke and Leia aren’t part of the Palpatine fight, it may just be their voices
Jason initially heard Rey’s parents are ghosts in the film.
Apparently Rey makes her own saber from Luke and Leia’s saber and it’s yellow.
“There used to be some stuff with Rey’s parents on Tattooine, but they changed that to Luke and Leia”
Jason was told that JJ would instantly start rewriting as soon as filming would break, and that there are heavy adlibs because some of the dialogue wasn’t all there.
Some of Jason’s sources are saying the Paxis stuff is a little out of order. Jason said the leaks for this film are very weird and he thinks that some people may have seen different versions of the film.
Sources told Jason that TROS has less action than the other two movies, and is more dialogue based.
Based on “things he can’t talk about right now,” Jason believes Palpatine’s son wasn’t evil and was on the run from Palpatine.
Two different sources told Jason that the dyad concept is confusing in the film.
Jason’s sources are very confident they flash between places during the force flash fight, contradicting Paxis’ leak.
Many sources that both liked and didn’t like TLJ said this movie makes TLJ a better movie.
October 2 – Writer Chris Terrio talks about the two questions that fuel Episode IX:
“One of them is a simple one: ‘Who is Rey?’,” he says. “Which is a question that people not only wonder about quite literally, but wonder about in the spiritual sense. How can Rey become the spiritual heir to the Jedi? We kept coming back to ‘Who is Rey?’, and how can we give the most satisfying answer to that not only factually – because obviously people are interested in whether there’s more to be learned of Rey’s story – but more importantly who is she as a character? How will she find the courage and will and inner strength and power to carry on what she’s inherited?”
He continues: “The second one is, ‘How strong is the Force?’ It sounds a little simple, but actually when you get down to it, that is a sort of Zen Koan that we would really meditate on – not literally in yoga poses or anything, but like we would discuss, ‘What is the Force and how strong is the Force?’ Those two things were really important.”
October 1 – According to MSW’s Now, This is Podcasting! Episode 283:
• Doesn’t know who the Jedi that came came before are that rejuvenate Rey. Speculates Ben Solo could be one of them.
• Says behind Palpatine’s throne there was ice or crystal, looked somewhat like Superman’s fortress of solitude.
• The scene where Kylo Ren reforged his helmet is now very brief. The Knights of Ren are still there.
• During reshoots they’ve reshot D-O’s introduction into the film and it sounds like he’s introduced on Ochi’s ship and he’s repaired there (JediPaxis broke that part first) instead of at the droid repair shop on Kijimi.
• Jason thinks that Luke and Leia’s ghosts don’t show up anymore to help Rey fight Palpatine but disembodied voices instead.
• Jason heard something about seeing Rey’s parents on Tatooine when she was burying the lightsaber parts which was changed to Luke and Leia
• Jason thinks you see Rey’s parents in a hut on Jakku then they’re murdered.
October 1 – Pablo Hidalgo warns that “spoilery” TRoS information might be heading the web soon.
October 1 – Mike Ballog, Senior Director of Global Marketing at Hasbro, confirms that up to 65-70% of merchandise for The Rise of Skywalker will have a delayed release due to potential spoilers.
September 30 – JJ seems to confirm the rumors comparing Kylo’s mask to Japanese pottery, saying, “Having him be masked, but also fractured, is a very intentional thing. Like that Classic Japanese process of taking ceramics and repairing them, and how the breaks in a way define the beauty of the piece as well as the original itself. As fractured as Ren is, the mask becomes a visual representation of that. There’s something about this that tells his history. His mask ultimately doesn’t hide him and his behavior is revealed.”
September 30 – Here’s a quick look at a high resolution character guide that was recently posted to Reddit
September 29 – Empire Magazine released a new still of Kylo Ren in their latest article, teasing the development of Rey and Kylo Ren’s “complicated relationship” in Episode IX
September 28 – JediPaxis posted Act III on the film on Reddit, but it is also copy and pasted below for your convenience:
Following her experience on the Death Star, Rey returns to the island on Ahch-to. Throughout the course of the film she has given in to her aggression, nearly killed her friend by unleashing a stream of lightning on a ship, learned that she is the descendant of the Sith Lord who reduced the Jedi to numbers that they have yet to recover from even half a century later, saw a vision of herself as a servant of darkness and stabbed her enemy through the chest in anger. Her most recent encounter with Kylo was the last straw and Rey has now made the decision to follow the example set by Luke and exile herself on the island where the Jedi began. Rey scuttles the ship she stole from Kylo and throws the repaired lightsaber originally constructed by Anakin Skywalker in after it. A ghostly hand snatches the lightsaber out of thin air as it’s being thrown. It’s Luke Skywalker. Luke’s conversation with Rey is said to be encouraging yet realistically grim in tone. Luke knows first hand what it’s like to face Palpatine and that it’s not an easy task. Rey must confront Palpatine in the same way that Luke once had to confront Vader. Luke encourages Rey by telling her of the faith Leia had in her. She saw the potential within her and hoped that Rey would be able to restore balance to the Force once more just as Anakin once did. Rey supposedly asks to speak to Leia at one point, but Luke responds by telling her that Leia has not yet completed her training and he can not yet feel her distinctive consciousness within the Force. By the end of their conversation, Rey is reenergized for the seemingly insurmountable task that lies ahead of her and agrees to leave the island. Having destroyed the ship she used to come to Ahch-to, Luke raises his own X-wing (previously seen submerged in the coves of the island) to allow Rey to face Palpatine. In addition to the starfighter, Luke gifts Rey with a lightsaber that once belonged to Leia. He tells her how Leia left her saber with Luke when she stopped training and Luke kept it on him. He then points Rey to where he kept it safe in his hut. Rey boards the X-wing, armed with the coordinates for Palpatine’s location obtained from Vader’s wayfinder and leaves the planet.
[The Resistance’s Jungle Base]
After returning to the jungle base, several things happen. After seeing the sacrifice made by 3PO, R2 reveals that he has a backup of C-3PO’s memories in his archives and is able to restore the droid to a mostly whole state. My sources believe this backup memory to have been created sometime around the time of The Force Awakens. It’s an older C-3PO, but it’s better than no 3PO at all. Lando reenters the story, having changed his mind, coming to the Jungle Base and wanting to help however he can. It is at this time that Rey begins transmitting coordinates into the Unknown Regions obtained from the wayfinder to the Resistance. The Resistance mobilizes, readying themselves for the impending conflict.
[The Unknown Regions- Exogol]
Rey follows the coordinates found in the wayfinder to the same spot Kylo did earlier in the film. Rey lands outside the giant cube floating above the ground and makes her way through the same underground passages. The cube, composed of black rock, floats several meters above the ground and is so massive that one corner can not be seen in frame when the camera is at another. As Rey travels down into the depths of the planet, giant Sith statues can be seen. Where Rey and Kylo’s experiences begin to differ come in with where Rey discovers Palpatine. Palpatine is not in the same chamber that Kylo discovered him in, but in a huge arena, surrounded by Sith loyalists in dark cloaks in the grandstands. Palpatine is being supported by some kind of mechanical arm, possibly connecting him to life support machinery. Rey begins to confront Palpatine. During this conversation Sideous reportedly confirms Rey’s lineage and goads her on to take up a lightsaber and strike him down (very much like how he encouraged Luke to do the same thing 30 years prior), telling her that only in killing him will she gain the power needed to save her friends. Palpatine also apparently makes statements alluding to the belief that Vader could not betray Luke due to their familial bond and that same kind of bond would ultimately cause Rey to do what the Emperor wishes. During his taunts, the sickly Sith opens the roof of the stadium chamber revealing that the sky above is filled with Star Destroyers soon to be embroiled in conflict with the approaching Resistance. As the battle between the First Order/Empire and the Resistance begins to rage in the skies above them, Rey gives into the Emperor’s commands and decides to strike him down.
Through means that are still a bit foggy to me, Ben Solo was able to leave the wreckage of the Death Star and his former persona behind and travel to Exogol with the purpose of joining Rey to help her face down Sidious. Before leaving the Death Star wreckage, Ben abandoned Kylo’s lightsaber so now he’s walking into a warzone with no weapon. When he arrives on the planet, he encounters the Knights of Ren who are guarding the entrance to the arena where Rey and Sidious are. Ben reportedly dispatches each of them using only the Force. After doing this he enters the arena as Rey is about strike the Emperor using Leia’s blade. Ben grabs Anakin’s lightsaber and warns Rey to reconsider what she is about to do, to not kill the Emperor in anger. Seeing Ben arrive pleases Sideous. He then uses his power to bond them together and begins to syphon power from that bond and direct it into himself. As the power flows into him, the once silky and decrepit Palpatine stands tall and strong once again, restoring himself to a much younger, healthier state.
[The Skies over Exogol]
While all this action is happening on the ground, much more explosive events are happening in the sky. The Resistance and the First Order are locked in battle. The details I have on what happens during this branch of the plot are a bit sparse at the moment, but here’s what I have been told. The Resistance arrives and they are confronted with hundreds of Palpatine’s Sith Star Destroyers. Their goal is to take out the flagship of the destroyers, where General Pryde is located. Taking out the flagship will supposedly sever communications with the rest of the fleet and prevent them from being able to navigate the perils of the Unknown Regions. At one point during the battle Finn and Jannah (joined by others, but exactly who is not clear to me right now) land on Pryde’s flagship to destroy it. They recognize this as essentially a suicide mission but Finn and Jannah in particular see the price they may have to pay as wort it to prevent more children from being abducted like they once were. One of my sources described it to me like a D-Day type mission for the Resistence where they attempt to land on to a moving Star Destroyer amidst the battle scene.
Having returned to full strength, Palpatine then shoots lightning into Ben, forcing him to fall into a bottomless abyss, never to be seen again. Sideous then shoots lightning into the sky at Resistance ships. He reportedly continues to make statements about how Rey will join him. In defiance of this, Rey grabs both Anakin’s and Leia’s lightsabers and Palpatine turns his wrath on her. It’s lightsaber vs. lightning at this point and when it seems like all hope is lost for Rey, the spectors of Luke and Leia come to her aid. They jointly work toward overpowering the Emperor, deflecting his lightning back toward himself, killing him and unleashing an explosion powerful enough to make the arena start to crumble around them. Darth Sideous, the last of the Sith Lords, is finally dead. At this same time Finn and Jannah complete their mission and succeed in destroying Pryde’s flagship. The two are prepared to go down with the ship, but are rescued at the last second by the Falcon. Rey escapes the crumbling arena.
[The Resistance’s Jungle Base]
Having won the day, the survivors of the battle regroup at the jungle base and celebrate. What follows is apparently celebration across the galaxy, once again mirroring what is seen at the end of Return of the Jedi.
For the end of the film, the heroes then travel to where everything began. The desolate, sandswept planet of Tatooine. Between defeating Sidious and this moment, Rey has disassembled Anakin and Leia’s lightsabers and used their components to construct one of her own that I’m told contains a golden/yellow blade. Rey buries the leftover pieces beneath the Tatooine sands at the site of the Lars homestead. As Rey turns to join Finn, Poe, Jannah, Chewie, R2, 3PO, BB-8 and D-0, a stranger calls out to her. The stranger apparently speaks of how nobody has been seen around this land for a very long time and asks Rey for her name. This is the second time in the film that this question has been posed to her, but unlike her response on Pasaana, Rey has decided who she is. She gives the name Rey Skywalker to the stranger, adopting the name of her masters and revealing the primary meaning of the title of the film. As Rey begins to rejoin her friends, she catches a glimpse of some familiar glowing figures, watching over her. The assembly of heroes look off into the distance at the horizon of the desert planet and watch twin suns set on a universe filled with hope.
So there you have it. As a reminder, be on the lookout for a reshoot changes and corrections post in the not too distant future.
September 28 – According to a merchandise image, R2-D2 is in the cockpit of Poe Dameron’s new X-Wing, which means they might see some action together
September 27 – This collection of images is probably from a merchandise book that’s going to hit shelves soon, but it gives a more detailed look at some of the costume designs.
September 27 – Empire unveils the new covers for The Rise of Skywalker, which is set to hit stands on Thursday, October 3.
September 26 – Making Star Wars posted a new article detailing Rey confronting the Emperor on his new throne, which is decorated with spiky thorns that have red lights on a few of them. This confrontation seems to happen after Kylo Ren dies. Apparently he channels the Force from Rey and Kylo Ren to rejuvenate himself, and his wardrobe changes to a dark red robe with a black tunic.
The final confrontation seems to take place on the “dead world” of Exogol, where Sidious throws Kylo Ren into the abyss, like how Han died in TFA. Sources are not aware of any resurrection, but it’s a bit hard to believe that Kylo Ren will die offscreen in the same way Han Solo did without being mentioned again.
While Darth Sidious is shooting Force lightning into the sky, Rey gets help from “the Jedi who lived before her” in order to stop Palpatine from disabling the Resistance fleet and buying time for the Millennium Falcon to show up and save the day. Rey duels with both Leia and Anakin Skywalker’s lightsabers; they include a link of a sketch in the article.
Apparently Palpatine does not use a lightsaber in the film.
At this time, Matt Smith’s involvement is believed to be non-existent. He was part of the film at one time, but something changed and now he’s not.
It also doesn’t seem like there’s a strong link between the militarization of children by the First Order and the Sith Stormtroopers, as some have suspected. They seem to be unrelated.
September 25 – If you’re interested in the new Star Wars merchandise releases, tune into Youtube.com/StarWars on Thursday, September 26 at 11 AM PT/2 PM ET for a special livestream based out of Pinewood Studios, where part of Episode IX was filmed. The cast will be both live and have prerecorded videos shown presenting the new Star Wars merchandise that will be available on Triple Force Friday, October 4th.
September 24 – According to an early marketing leak, Supreme Leader Kylo Ren’s TIE Fighter is known as the TIE Whisper
September 23 – Catch the first TV spot for Episode IX by clicking here. It doesn’t include any new footage from what has already been shown.
September 22 – Today there was a long Twitter exchange between Pablo Hidalgo and fans on his Twitter. He verified that it was correct that Palpatine had offspring in Legends, but not in current canon. While this seemed to discredit recent leaks, he also pointed out current canon meant canon up to this point and that nothing is really canon until it’s officially released.
September 21 – JediPaxis dropped “Act 2” of the version of the plot that he heard. You can read it there by clicking here, but it is also copy and pasted below for your convenience:
The heroes of the Resistance make their way to the snow dusted planet of Kijimi to execute their plan to discover what secrets the dagger held. Despite not being in possession of the dagger anymore, 3PO tells the crew that he has the message committed to memory, so all hope is not lost. Poe tracks down an old contact of his, Zorri Bliss, who brings them to a small creature named Babbu Frik (again, spelling not confirmed) to hack 3PO’s programming to read the Sith language on the dagger. Frik tells everyone that he can unlock the message to be read, but in doing so C-3PO’s memory will be wiped. Still reeling from the loss of Chewbacca, the heroes argue about finding another way to get the job done, but in an act of self sacrifice C-3PO voluntarily consent to the modifications, knowing that (for all intents and purposes) the droid we’ve all known for years will essentially die. According to my sources, this scene is reportedly one of the most emotional in the film. Frik completes the hack and 3PO is now able to read the message inscribed on the dagger. (This action creates the red eyed C-3PO seen in the D23 footage) The translated text points them to the location of the Emperor’s own wayfinder. Having served his purpose, 3PO’s memory wipe begins and he shuts down. Once the memory wipe is complete, 3PO reboots with a completely empty memory.
While on Kijimi, Kylo initiates another mind bond with Rey to try and divine her location a second time. Kylo spends much of this time antagonizing Rey, some of this conversation revolves around her parents and the truth behind the dagger. It was once used to murder her parents. Many years ago, Ochee was sent to murder Rey’s parents who were trying to hide Rey from the galaxy. Ochee succeeded, leaving her parents as nobodies to be forgotten by that galaxy. Where Ochee failed was with Rey. He could not find her so he left her behind on Jakku. This is what Rey remembers, the ship leaving in the wake of her parent’s murder, not her parents abandoning her. Rey lashes out at Kylo during this bond and their lightsabers clash. Having gotten everything he needed from Rey during this session, he cuts off the bond. The Star Destroyers arrive on Kijimi after having followed our heroes there. As Kylo makes his way down to the planet, Zorri helps the Resistance escape by employing the use of something described to me as a “First Order passage device”, something that transmits a signal recognized as friendly to the First Order allowing the ship to pass uninterrupted. As our heroes make their escape, we see that Palpatine’s orders to Hux and Pryde are being carried out as children are being rounded up by soldiers of the First Order.
[First Order Star Destroyer Above Kijimi]
As the heroes escape on Ochee’s ship, the group makes the decision to use the passage device to board the Star Destroyer and recapture the Falcon. The device works as advertised and their ship lands without question. On board the Star Destroyer, the droids log on to the ship’s computer network to locate the Falcon, but in the process they discover that Chewbacca is still alive! He was on a different prisoner transport ship the entire time. The team hatches a plan for a rescue mission but Rey splits off, feeling as if something is calling to her. Meanwhile, the others find Chewie, but their rescue attempt fails and they are all taken captive. The calling Rey feels is caused by the dagger which draws her to it in Kylo’s living quarters.
Back on the surface of the planet and having grown tired of a fruitless search for Rey, Kylo initiates another Force bond with her. He discovers that she is on his Star Destroyer and a lightsaber duel breaks out between the two of them across two different locations. Kylo on the surface of Kijimi and Rey aboard the Star Destroyer. During this encounter, Kylo reveals that there is more to the story behind Rey and her parents. Rey is the granddaughter of Emperor Palpatine. He tells her that they are meant to join together on the dark side and that it’s all part of the Emperor’s plan. It’s clear that by this point in the story, Kylo is fully committed to what the Emperor’s mission for him. Once Rey and Kylo’s Force bond duel ends, Kylo makes his way back to his ship and Rey grabs the dagger and Chewbacca’s bandolier and bolts. Rey bumps into a fresh minded C-3PO along the way, hands him Chewbacca’s effects and the dagger and tells him to make a run for it while she stalls Kylo. When it appears that all is lost for our heroes that have been captured by the First Order, General Hux arrives and surprisingly not only allows them to escape, but points them in the direction of the Falcon. Hux was the mole within the First Order that Finn and Poe had received information from. Rey and the other heroes make a break for the Falcon and escape. After they leave, Kylo kills Hux for treason against the First Order. From this point forward, General Pryde is the sole commander of the First Order military. The Emperor contacts Pryde and demands that he use one of the specially equipped Star Destroyers to destroy Kijimi as an act of loyalty and Pryde complies.
The information gleaned from C-3PO’s translation of the dagger’s writing leads the location of a second wayfinder device which turns out to be aboard the wreckage of the second Death Star on the forest moon of Endor. Along their way to the wreckage, the crew comes in contact with a person named Jannah. It is revealed that she was press ganged into First Order service as a child, but eventually escaped and found her way to Endor where she has been living for some time. At this time it is revealed that she is the child that Lando lost to the First Order all those years ago. Jannah provides Rey with transportation to get to the Death Star wreckage.
Rey makes her way to the Death Star wreckage and begins climbing her way through it’s twisted remains. One of my sources told me that this scene feels very reminiscent of the activities we see Rey doing when we are first introduced to her in TFA. She eventually reaches the Emperor’s throne room and discovers a chamber connecting to that room that contains the second wayfinder. Rey approaches the object and picks it up which induces visions of a possible future for herself. In this vision we see a version of Rey that has been enveloped by the dark side as seen in the D23 footage. My sources have also told me that the voice of Palpatine may be heard during this scene. The vision shocks Rey and she stumbles back into the throne room where Kylo Ren is waiting for her. Kylo takes possession of the Emperor’s wayfinder, destroys it and indicates to Rey that the only way to get another wayfinder is to go through him and take Vader’s. A lightsaber battle ensues, beginning in the throne room and eventually transitioning to exterior wreckage among the crashing waves.
[The Resistance’s Jungle Base]
Off in another part of the galaxy while Kylo and Rey clash sabers, a bright light in the universe begins to fade. Leia is dying. Before her death, we hear the voice of a familiar hero come to bid her farewell and pass on one last bit of knowledge…
As their battle rages on, both Kylo and Rey sense the death or their respective mother and mentor. They both react, but Rey recovers from the shock sooner and leverages the moment to take Kylo’s weapon from him and stab him through the chest with it. In the aftermath of their concluded duel, Rey declares to Kylo that she will never be like him and fall to the dark side. She exercises her newfound healing ability to save Kylo from death, steals his ship along with Vader’s wayfinder device aboard it and takes off, leaving her enemy behind.
After Rey leaves the forest moon, the remainder of the Resistance crew boards the Falcon, along with their newfound ally Jannah, having spent the duration of Rey and Kylo’s fight repairing the ship, and return to the hidden base on the jungle planet.
Broken and defeated, Kylo Ren remains on the wreckage of the second Death Star when he is visited by a vision of his father. Han speaks to his son, telling him that it’s never too late to return to return to the light and make the right choice. This conversation has a profound effect on Kylo and in a symbolic gesture, he discards his lightsaber and walks away from darkness and the identity of Kylo Ren.
September 19 – In the latest Making Star Wars video, Jason confirms most of the JediPaxis leak. When Palpatine meets Kylo Ren, he tells him that he’s “not a clone, not yet a man.” He tells Kylo he wants Rey (his granddaughter) to be the Emperor and Empress as they’re the new dyad, but it’s a trick. He really wants to use them to rejuvenate himself. After he does so, he seems to attack ships in the sky with Force lightning.
Jason also mentions that the fleet in the Unknown Regions was placed there before Return of the Jedi, which many suspected. Palpatine also has a new outfit: black robes with red lining.
He thinks that Matt Smith is still involved with the film, possibly with the tracer, but he doesn’t think he’s Rey’s dad, which is the current rumor.
September 17 – JediPaxis dropped “Act 1” of the version of the plot that he heard on Reddit. You can read it there by clicking here, but it is also copy and pasted below for your convenience:
[The Past- Unknown Location].
Luke is training Leia as a Jedi. Lightsabers are involved. Leia reveals to Luke that she is pregnant and Leia makes the decision to end her Jedi training due to the impending birth of her son.
[The Present- The Resistance’s Jungle Base]
Years later, Leia has picked up where her brother left off and has been helping Rey learn the ways of the Jedi. Rey is first seen doing some meditative/ “mental” Force training, but is struggling with it. In frustration, she asks Leia if she can do a physical training course instead. This is what we see Rey doing in the jungle forrest in the D23 First Look.(1, 2) It appears that Rey has more physical fortitude than she has mental strength.
[Forrest planet bathed in red light]
Supreme Leader Kylo Ren has been aware of a dark power behind his predecessor and former master, Snoke. Kylo has been spending his time as leader of the First Order with the purpose of locating this power. Generals Hux and Pryde have been following Kylo around on his quest and are beginning to get very frustrated with what they see as a fool’s errand. They see this as a waste of First Order time and resources. When we catch up with the villains of our story, Kylo is leading an assault on this planet with the purpose of finding Darth Vader’s wayfinder device. The device reveals coordinates within the Unknown Regions and Kylo is confident that this will reveal the source of Snoke’s power. Kylo Ren slaughters his way through the natives and is eventually led to “the oracle” who gives him the wayfinder.
We pick up with Finn and Poe on the Millennium Falcon, accompanied by a hand full of unfamiliar alien characters traveling to an icy asteroid base to meet with a First Order informant. This informant, an alien, is acting as a middle man between a First Order mole and our heroes. The First Order arrives and begins attacking the base. The assault causes forces our heroes to make a hasty exit by what was described to me as “light springing” away. Light springing involves making the jump to light speed without plotting a course or a predetermined destination. As we all remember, making the jump to light speed without precise calculations could have dire consequences such as ‘flying right through a star or bouncing too close to a supernova’. The Falcon makes a hand full of these springs to throw the First Order off their trail, but as a result they are forced to deal with the consequences of such a risky maneuver. After surviving the dangers of light springing, our heroes plot a course to the secret Resistance jungle base.
[The Unknown Regions- Exogol]
After obtaining Vader’s device Kylo travels to the place specified by the wayfinder. It takes him to the Unknown Regions and a dead planet of flat, black rock. I previously reported that the planet where Kylo finds Vader’s wayfinder was called Exogol. Since then my understanding has evolved and I’ve been told that this planet actually bears that name. Kylo lands outside a giant cube, floating just above the ground and begins walking toward it. Kylo walks between the cube and the ground and once he reaches the center he discovers an elevator leading down below the planet’s surface. He follows teh lift down and finds an old man, near death and lying in bed and being tended to by cloaked aids. My source believes these aids to be referred to as Sith Loyalists. The old man identifies himself as Darth Sideous. Kylo initially dismisses the old man, knowing that the Emperor had died over 30 years prior over the forest moon of Endor. Feeling that this must be a trick, Kylo claims that there must be some other explanation, such as this man being a clone. My sources specifically tell me that the Palpatine refutes the idea of him being a clone and affirms that he survived his fall. After his defeat at Endor, he left the known galaxy and traveled to the Unknown Regions to rebuild his Empire. Despite his skepticism, Palpatine begins to reel Kylo in and subsequently tells him of something known as a “Force Dyad”. The Force produces two incredibly strong users and when they unite together, both become stronger than either one could be on their own. Palpatine believes Kylo Ren and Rey to be the two halves of this dyad and shares this knowledge with Rey. (Note: I previously wrote that Palpatine wanted them to become “master and apprentice” since then this has been clarified to me as Palpatine seeking the two members of the Dyad) Palpatine claims that he seeks the Dyad because he is weak and dying and he wants the Dyad to rule together once he’s gone. Palpatine orders Kylo to bring Rey to him and turn her so that the Dyad will be a strong, unified force of darkness. Palpatine also reveals that he has been amassing an armada of Star Destroyers equipped with Death Star tech, each one capable of destroying a planet on its own. Generals Hux and Pryde are tasked with rounding up children in large numbers to train and staff his armada.
[The Resistance’s Jungle Base]
Finn and Poe return to the Resistance base bearing the knowledge obtained from their encounter with the First Order informant. The duo brings this knowledge to General Leia and tell her what they know about Kylo’s mission to the Unknown Regions, but without any leads to where he went or how he got there, the Resistance is at a dead end. Leia mentions that she has a contact who was seeking a link to the Unknown Regions long ago and may be willing to help. Leia dispatches the two of them along with Rey, Chewbacca, BB-8 and C-3PO to Passana to meet with her contact and see what help he may be able to provide.
When our heroes arrive on the planet, they discover that a giant festival is going on. What they thought would be an easy mission has now turned into a much more complicated affair. They attempt to lay low and to blend in. Unsurprisingly, Chewbacca struggles with blending in because it’s very difficult to hide a 7 foot tall wookiee from prying eyes. Rey encounters an alien in the crowds who takes a liking to her, presenting her with a handmade necklace as a gift. She is asked her name and she responds “Rey”. When asked her family name, she replies that she does not have one. At this time, Kylo establishes a connection with Rey through their bond. Their conversation ends with Kylo grabbing the necklace from around Rey’s neck. This necklace proves to be the key to the First Order discovering their location. After the connection ends, Rey warns her comrades that the First Order is on their way and that they must hurry to find Leia’s contact. It is at this point that instead of finding their contact, their contact reveals himself to them after having spotted an old wookiee friend of his out of the crowd. It’s Lando Calrissian.
Greetings and introductions are exchanged Lando tells them of a dagger that may help them find what they seek. Many years prior, Lando and Luke went in search of this dagger that was owned by a Sith loyalist named Ochie (spelling not confirmed). They tracked Ochie to Passana when the trail went cold. When met with the question of why he never left the planet after the search for Ochie and his dagger ended, Lando tells the team that he had a young child at the time of his and Luke’s quest. While they were out searching for the dagger, the First Order stole his child. After having failed to protect his child from the First Order, Lando and Luke parted ways and he stayed on Passana ever since. This story strikes a chord with Finn having been stolen from his own family at an incredibly young age as well. Lando points them in the direction of the last known coordinates of Ochie’s ship, where the trail went cold all those years ago, wishes them luck in succeeding where he failed all those years ago but decides to sit this one out.
Our heroes follow the trail that Lando pointed out to them and eventually they happen upon Ochie’s ship. When Rey sees the ship, it triggers some memories. It’s the same ship that we see leaving Jakku in Rey’s vision from TFA. Before the implications of this can sink in, the ground beneath them gives out and the crew gets sucked below the surface of the sand. They find themselves in a series of underground tunnels where they discover the remains of Ochie and the dagger that Lando and Luke sought after. Rey feels a very strong connection to this weapon, but can’t quite articulate it. The dagger has writing on it in a language that nobody can identify. It’s then handed over to 3PO who identifies the writing as a Sith language, but he reveals that he is unable to translate the writing due to restrictions in his programing. At this time, a plan is made to hack into C-3PO’s programming to bypass the restrictions. Poe mentions that he has an old contact that might be able to help them out. Chewbacca takes possession of the dagger and the group’s attention shifts to finding a way out of the caves. During their escape attempt, the team runs into a giant, very aggressive, sand worm (who presumably created the tunnels). A battle with the sand worm ensues and our heroes end up backed into a corner, preparing to meet their fate when Rey notices a detail. The worm is injured. In a display of previously unknown power, Rey is able to heal the worm’s injuries, satiating the worm and providing the heroes the chance they needed to escape.
Once they crew exits the cave system, they see a First Order Star Destroyer in the sky and know that Kylo Ren has found them. Once they realize this they (correctly) reason that the First Order would have already found the Falcon, making that plan of escape impossible. The Falcon is boarded and subsequently taken back to the Star Destroyer. In an act of desperation, the crew boards Ochie’s ship and attempt to get it working. It’s on this ship that the crew discovers the new droid D-O. Rey senses that Kylo is coming for her, so she takes off on her own to confront him and buy her friends some time. (This is where the TIE interceptor flip sequence from the first teaser takes place). While Kylo and Rey are engaged, the Knights of Ren and the First Order head for Ochie’s ship and our other heroes. Chewbacca splits off from the crew and attempts to delay the Knights, but it captured. The dagger is taken from him and he boards a First Order prisoner transport. Rey and Kylo both notice Chewbacca being taken captive and being brought to a transport ship during their confrontation. As the ship takes off, Rey shifts her attention from Kylo to her captured friend and begins to use the Force to stop the transport and pull it back to the ground. Kylo attempts to counteract this by pushing the ship away. Control over the ship becomes a battle between Kylo and Rey, much like their battle for Anakin’s lightsaber in TLJ. Kylo begins to gain the upper hand which angers Rey. In her frustration, lightning shoots from her hand, destroying the the transport ship and killing all its passengers. Devastated by what she just did, Rey collapses. While all this is transpiring, Poe, Finn, 3PO and BB-8 get Ochie’s ship in the air just in time to fly over to pick up a distraught Rey. With no Lando, no Falcon, no dagger and no Chewbacca, our heroes limp away from the desert planet.
September 16 – From the newest Making Star Wars video, Jason thinks that Jannah is Finn’s sister who broke out of Stormtrooper training. Supposedly he and Jannah go on a “suicide mission” to take down Pryde’s Super Star Destroyer and the whole First Order fleet, but are saved at the last minute by the Millennium Falcon.
In regards to the Rose and Finn ship, an earlier leak said that he and Rose were “a thing” but apparently Finn keeps trying to find time alone with Rey to tell her something but can’t seem to get a chance to.
Apparently Snoke’s backstory is addressed, which is something that helps lead Kylo to Palpatine. Apparently Palpatine has gotten stronger, as he supposedly has some new Force ability that allows him to use his lightning to damage ships in the sky.
In terms of “Rambo C-3PO,” apparently it’s not really a thing, just a gag.
September 15 – According to Episode 281 of the Making Star Wars podcast, here are some highlights below, copy and pasted for your convenience:
• Apparently C3PO getting his memory erased is one of the most emotional moments in the film, kind of feels as if C3PO is committing suicide with C3PO commenting that he’ll do anything for his friends before shutting down. Despite Threepio not dying, Jason says it feels like it could’ve been a good death as C3PO has been a coward all these years and in the final film he’s willing to pretty much die for his friends.
• Hearing that the movie has a lot of fake out death moments. One being when Rey Force Lightning’s a ship she believes Chewbacca to be on, messing up the ship.
• Originally MSW heard that Kylo was very involved in the Ochi’s tomb stuff, they even wondered if he’d be with our heroes and his wayfinder when the ground on Pasaana sucks them down and they find Ochi’s tomb. Now he’s thinking that’s not the case but wonders if Kylo is there in the catacombs anyway looking for our heroes.
• Heard different versions of Leia’a death that has Luke and doesn’t have him.
• Heard Rey’s parents might show up as ghosts.
• Some sources told Jason they don’t explain how Palpatine is still alive but Jason doubts that.
• Jason thinks that some characters are going to get the Han Solo treatment in Return of the Jedi for example Poe reaches the end of his arc in The Last Jedi.
• Finn and Rose are a thing in the movie but throughout the film, Finn has something he wants to tell Rey but doesn’t get the chance to. Speculates it could be Finn wanting to know if he and Rey could be a thing with Jason hearing that info recently and a long time ago.
• Has tried to get confirmation that Finn and Jannah are related but has had no luck but thinks there is a link there. Jason theorises that he thinks there might be a moment where Rose gets jealous of Jannah with Finn revealing she’s his sister.
• Teases that he might put out more information about Finn next week.
September 13 – As per BespinBulletin, reshoots might be happening in Edinburgh, Scotland, although it’s hard to say for sure if it’s definitely for Episode IX.
September 12 – According to Making Star Wars, the first shot after the crawl is of a planet covered in trees. Two people are dueling with blue and green lightsabers, but helmets are covering their faces. When they stop their duel and remove their helmets, it’s revealed to be Luke and Leia, looking like they did at the end of Return of the Jedi. Apparently there is “a lot” of Carrie in the film; Billie Lourd handled a lot of it, The Force Awakens elements were used, but there does seem to be a lot of CGI used, contrary to official statements.
They also think that Rey is a descendent of Palpatine, a theory we put together some time ago, but that she renames herself Skywalker at the end of the film.
The alien Klaud that Chewie recruits is aboard the Falcon at the start of the film and seems to be a part of the crew, although possibly only temporarily.
Maz also has a small role; she is most likely with the Resistance at the start of the film and joins up with them again before the final battle.
September 9 – Making Star Wars has pushed a few leaks out today, both here and here. Check out the list of the most notable things below. Please note that these are just rumors and we can’t independently verify anything close to the Rey Surname reveal:
- Further “secret” reshoots have been happening for a few weeks. George Lucas has always been a consultant on the film so the rumors it has to do with the production being in trouble doesn’t ring accurate.
- Source says: “Rey and crew do get attacked by a sandworm alien, which reveals an inexplicable new super power Rey possess: the power to heal or even rejuvenate life. The heroes battle the creature and almost kill the worm and then she uses her powers to repair, or heal, or even bring it back to life.”
- Jedi Paxis says: “The only other part where my info differs is that I was told that instead of our heroes almost killing the worm, the worm basically has our heroes backed into a metaphorical corner and the healing is what allows them to survive and escape. The main story beat is the same, but some of the details panning out one way vs the other has slightly different implications on Rey’s character. Yours makes it sound like it was an act done from a place of power and out of pity while mine implies compassion in the face of danger.”
- Rey and Kylo have a struggle over a ship and during that struggle Rey uses lightning form her fingertips for the first time on accident and it destroys the ship.
- The end of the film has Rey at the Lars homestead where Luke Skywalker grew up. A local sees Rey and comments they haven’t seen anyone near this place in a long time and the local woman asks Rey’s name to which she answers “Rey, Rey Skywalker.”
From the Patreon podcast:
Jason knows more about the reshoots but is “sworn to secrecy.” Says he heard about reshoots a long time ago for Black Park and Bespin Bulletin covered it as well as they could but those reshoots were for things we already knew so he lost interest and there wasn’t a lot to say on it. These reshoots he believes are a skeleton crew and supposed to be secret. Later says he doesn’t know what they’re reshooting, knows a little but doesn’t know if they’re just adding to it.
• Suspected for a while that Poe Dameron would die in act 3 as his X-Wing was under tarp for quite some time. They didn’t think it had much use at the end of the film.
• Says Rey’s healing or resurrection powers will come into play later in the film according to sources.
• Jason’s sources are currently hearing the same as JediPaxis’ leak. Says not one-for-one. Finds it weird if he and Paxis were being told fake information. Says Jason’s latest stuff comes from the Sith fleet sources.
• Says the scene where Rey and Kylo play tug of war over a ship is on Pasaana. The Knights of Ren are out there too. One of our heroes is on the ship. It doesn’t look good for the character on the ship after Rey accidentally force lightning’s the ship but it is a fake out.
• Says the sources who gave him the Sith fleet info are saying Rey calls herself Rey Skywalker on Tatooine.
• Some sources are saying they don’t know anything about Matt Smith being in the film. One source suggested they didn’t know who was going to be in the Rey’s parents moment and Jason speculates perhaps Matt Smith is the father or is the killer. Says sources before Celebration were insistent Matt Smith was in the movie and trades said he was in the movie. Calls the situation very weird.
• Says the Wayfinders have no special powers.
• Reminds people of something that was mentioned on a previous podcast, how the wayfinder opens up sands. He says that he now believes that to be the worm. Says the ground opens up and sucks our heroes down. Says Pinewood sources hinted at stuff happening underground that Kylo Ren is involved in.
• The underground place is Ochi’s tomb. Ochi is the character they believe gets stabbed by the Sith dagger and was a Resistance contact who knew something of Palpatine or Unknown Regions which is where they find the Sith Dagger. The worm incident happens and our heroes are able to escape but they’re cut off from the Millennium Falcon, presumably as it was found by the First Order and Rey has a premonition that Kylo Ren is out there, so leaves to confront him leaving Finn and Poe to fix Ochi’s ship so they can escape. Rey confronts Kylo in his TIE, this is where the jump from the teaser happens then Rey cuts it and the TIE crashes about 100 meters away then Rey and Ren fight.
• Says he heard Jannah was a Stormtrooper and got out, says her and Finn have that bond.
• Heard Maz Kanata is in the start of the film on the jungle planet and is in the final battle but it sounds like she doesn’t have much to do.
• Jason heard the same description as Bespin Bulletin on the wayfinders that they’re red pyramids and says Bespin Bulletin has more coming out on them.
• Says a long time ago they heard of a secret Ahch-To set at Pinewood by the Paddocks which had Luke’s X-Wing there and Rey was wearing the helmet. A proven source told Jason that Rey flies the X-Wing. Say’s Rey steals Kylo Ren’s ship after their duel on Endor and flies it to Ahch-To and after landing she immediately blows it up and throws the Skywalker lightsaber into the wreckage. Luke appears then Jason and Randy paraphrase some lines from the scene.
Luke: “What are you doing?”
Rey: “You were right, you saw the darkness in me”.
Luke: “The Force brought us together. You need to face Sidious as I faced Vader”.
Rey: “I wanted to feel as if I was as strong as Master Leia but I’m not”
Luke: “You don’t know how strong you are until you know how strong to have to be. Sidious will fill you with fear, with anger and he’ll use your weaknesses against you”
Rey: “What are his?”
Luke: “Sidious looked into Vader’s eyes when my father saved me, he couldn’t understand my father’s feelings for me. He thought love was a weakness to be used”
• Jason says that later on Palpatine thinks he understands it, the family bond but that familial bond doesn’t actually work. Sources told Jason within the first 20 minutes of the movie that Kylo meets Palpatine and he wants Rey and Kylo to be Empress and Emperor of his new Empire. Sources say Palpatine refers to Rey and Kylo as the dyad which are basically the positive and negative of the Force. With Rey and Kylo together, Palpatine will use the Force to rejuvenate himself which was Palpatine’s plan all along. When this rejuvenation thing happens some crazy over the top Force lightning thing happens and it shoots up into the atmosphere bringing a Resistance ship down
• Sometime after Kylo meets Palpatine, Ren tells Hux and Pryde that they need to raise an army. The First Order don’t appear to know about Palpatine being alive in the unknown regions.
September 7 – The FanX Star Wars panel with Hayden Christensen and Ian McDiarmid was cancelled by Disney, giving rise to the rumor that it was cancelled due to the risk of spoilers for Episode IX
September 7 – The Silvercity theatre company located out of Canada has Matt Smith listed in the cast for The Rise of Skywalker
September 4 – According to this merchandise leak, the Sith Troopers are part of the 105th Battalion, which is interesting as it’s the 501st backwards
September 3 – It’s possible that Matt Smith is still in the film as a “Young Palpatine,” and that he and Ian McDiarmid were filming in the same sequence; early leaks pointed to Matt Smith being a dark side acolyte that was “possessed” by Palpatine’s spirit, whereas new leaks say that Palpatine appears in the flesh and is still very much alive.
September 2 – The New York Times put out an article detailing some of the more commonly known details about The Rise of Skywalker, including a new shot of the Resistance featuring Rey, Finn, Poe, BB-8, Chewbacca and C-3PO
September 2 – BespinBulletin recently commented on the previous leaked plot threads and feels that the information they’ve learned matches up with what has been put out there so far. They agree that Hux is an informant for the Resistance and that he frees Finn, Poe and Chewbacca when they are captured by the First Order.
They say there’s an image of Rey on a jungle planet, meditating and levitating like Luke did in The Last Jedi.
The Death Star wreckage is supposedly on Endor, where we will see Ewoks watching the Resistance but they don’t seem to interact at all.
Rey and Kylo do “Force fight,” but later on Rey fights Palpatine while Kylo fights off the Knights of Ren at the same time. Supposedly Palpatine will use a lightsaber during this duel. There’s another duel where Rey and Kylo share Anakin’s lightsaber after they’ve learned to control their Force bond better. They apparently are more “civil” towards one another before facing Palpatine, who is “next to a bunch of mechanical stuff, including what looks like some kind of big mechanical arm.” They’re also civil to each other “in a cave with a red, pyramid shaped device” which might be the Wayfinder.
Apparently Ian McDiarmid was on set when Rey filmed the Dark Rey scene. It’s just a vision and it wasn’t filmed for more than a day.
August 30 – JediPaxis posted more leaks on Reddit, supposedly the entire plot of the film:
The movie may open with a Luke and Leia flashback, although there may be more than one in the film. They train together, although Leia gives up her training when she is pregnant with Ben/Kylo Ren. We may see an argument that leads to a lightsaber duel between them.
Picking up in the current timeline, Leia is mentoring Rey (which may include the tree-slicing lightsaber) scene from the D23 trailer.
When the story picks up with Kylo, he is “slaughtering” people left and right to try to find the wayfinder device (which may include the scene of Kylo bodyslamming someone in the forest from the teaser on the planet supposedly called “Exogol.”
The Oracle (see previous leaks) gives him the wayfinder, which turns out to be Vader’s wayfinder, and the coordinates point to a location in the Unknown Region.
Kylo arrives at the place and encounters Palpatine, who is still alive. Apparently they explain how, but that’s not clear yet. Kylo is ordered to find Rey and bring her to him to turn her to the dark side (which feels too much like TLJ/RotJ but we’ll see).
Palpatine is old and decrepit (around 113 years old if he was truly born in 84 BBY) and wants Rey and Kylo to inherit and rule his “new Empire” together. He’s created a fleet of “Death Star Destroyers” (may or may not be what they are actually called, they’re Star Destroyers that have planet-destroying Death Star technology and make up the “Sith Fleet” with the red Sith Troopers we’ve seen.)
Finn and Poe are on a jungle planet where they find an informant who tells them about Kylo finding the wayfinder. They tell Leia, who sends Rey, Chewbacca, C-3PO and the other droids to a contact on Pasaana, the desert planet.
This contact turns out to be Lando Calrissian, who points them towards a “Sith artifact” that turns out to be a dagger.
While there, Kylo initiates Force Skype and finds where they are. He and the Knights of Ren attack and a battle ensues. They are outnumbered and have to escape, leaving the Millennium Falcon behind, which Kylo takes back to his Star Destroyer.
A small alien helps C-3PO bypass his programming to find the Emperor’s wayfinder, which leads them to the forest moon of Endor. This is when we see C-3PO’s red eyes, when he’s reading the Sith transcription on the dagger.
Kylo tries antagonizing Rey to get her closer to the dark side. Apparently the dagger was used to murder Rey’s parents. This is when the Force fight occurs. Once Kylo learns where Rey is, he breaks off the fight to pursue her.
Zorri Bliss is introduced some time in here. She previously had a relationship with Poe.
When Kylo arrives, the Resistance tries to steal back the Millennium Falcon, only to be captured. This is when it’s revealed that Hux is the mole and allows the Resistance to escape while Kylo is dueling with Rey (in person.) During the duel, Kylo maintains that her parents are no one but her grandfather was actually Palpatine.
Rey connects with the Resistance and they all flee. At this point, Kylo is waiting in the throne room for Rey to confront them. They fight, and she might destroy his lightsaber in the process. She leaves him for dead and takes Palpatine’s wayfinder. This is when the Sith Rey vision happens.
Kylo has a vision of his father here, although it’s unclear if he’s a Force ghost or if he’s just hallucinating it. He tells Kylo it’s never too late to change and Kylo Ren reverts back to Ben Solo (somehow.)
Rey goes back to Ahch-To to reflect. Her almost killing Kylo mirrors Luke almost killing him and she fears that she’s going to go down the dark path as well. She scuttles her ship and throws away her lightsaber, only for Force Luke to appear and give her encouragement and pass on Leia’s lightsaber to Rey. It’s supposedly blue.
Luke also visits Leia on her deathbed to say goodbye to her.
Rey gives the coordinates of the Sith fleet to the Resistance and heads into the Unknown Regions. A battle ensues and Rey finds Palpatine who says that what Kylo told her was true, explaining how he wasn’t able to maintain control over Vader because of his bond to Luke. Ben appears somehow to help Rey fight the Emperor with the power of their Skywalker lightsabers, and Palpatine supposedly kills Ben in the process. The Force ghosts of Luke and Leia show up and they finally defeat the Emperor for good.
The other members of the Resistance attack Palpatine’s fleet, led by General Pryde, and cut out their flagship. This severs communications and makes it near impossible to get out of the Unknown Regions.
The final sequence shows the group travelling to Tatooine. Rey has merged Luke and Leia’s lightsaber together to make one of her own that has a yellow/gold blade. She buries leftover pieces on the grounds of the former Lars homestead. The movie ends with our heroes gazing at the horizon as the twin suns set in the distance, just like how the adventure began.
August 30 – Making Star Wars released a new article detailing the plot of Episode IX with the disclaimer that this is all rumor and not completely verified information:
Rey’s first scene seems to be her training in the woods with Leia.
C-3PO’s red eyes on Kijimi “involves a murder weapon, a dagger, and the ability to translate text on the murder weapon” to advance the plot. Basically a contact of the rebellion who knows the location of the Emperor’s planet in the Unknown Regions is killed and a dagger with a mysterious Sith inscription is left next to the body. As it turns out, even C-3PO can’t translate it.
He’s being rebooted on Kijimi in order to bypass the part of his programming that doesn’t allow him to read Sith text. They run into Zorii Bliss there, who wants to turn them over to the First Order, but has a change of heart when she encounters Poe Dameron. Apparently they had a relationship in the past when they smuggled together so when she doesn’t turn them in, “Drax” (the cyborg that looks like Drax from Guardians of the Galaxy) turns them in instead.
C-3PO’s memories are backed up to Artoo for protection, and C-3PO’s eyes glow red when he reads the inscription which points Rey towards the Emperor’s Wayfinder device on one of Endor’s moons. Apparently Kylo Ren already has Vader’s Wayfinder, so Rey is trying to find Palpatine’s.
Rey apparently does locate the device on Endor’s moon and sees herself as a Sith entering the Emperor’s chambers when she touches it. This allows Kylo to sense her location and he appears to her through the Force bond, which disrupts her vision.
Rey and Kylo argue over her parents. Kylo insists her parents did sell her for drinking money, although the “reveal” about her parents are that they were killed with the Sith dagger that Rey saw in her vision.
They begin to fight on the remains of the second Death Star, and this might be when we get to see the rumored Force Fight.
August 30 – A Dutch website claims that Jannah, Poe, Finn and Chewbacca land on an unknown planet when Finn is captured by stormtroopers. Lando joins forces with Maz to take on the First Order, and Kylo is ordered by the Knights of Ren to kill Rey. This is a rough translation of the original Dutch and the source of the leak is not verified.
August 29 – In a brief interview with MTV News at the D23 Expo, JJ won’t specifically say that Palpatine is the new “big bad” but that he is part of the story and on the poster for a reason. When asked specifically about redemption for Kylo Ren, JJ said that he wouldn’t talk about redemption directly, but he did describe Adam Driver’s performance as “mindblowing,” saying he brought a whole other level to his performance. He also mentioned that he had the ending figured out early on in the process, and it isn’t really the last shot that he thinks people are going to like, but the last sequence as a whole.
August 28 – According to this interview, John Boyega says that they also explore Finn’s origins and where he came from. There was a leak/rumor from February 19 (scroll down) mentioning that Finn and the new character of Jannah were actually siblings. According to both Daisy and John, though, neither of them expected to see the shot of Dark Side Rey in the trailer.
August 27 – The Star Destroyers seen in the D-23 clip, along with the orbital bombardment shown, seems to indicate that the Making Star Wars leak from the end of July about Star Destroyers having Death Star weaponry was accurate.
August 27 – Maybe not so much a leak as an interesting fact that may mean more, but in The Clone Wars, the Jedi Temple Guard that became the Inquisitor used the same type of snapping lightsaber design that Dark Rey uses in the D23 teaser clip.
August 26 – The D-23 footage that everyone has been talking about featuring “the sight of” Dark Side Rey was posted on Good Morning America this morning.
August 26 – Someone posted every single screencap from The Rise of Skywalker D-23 trailer. It’s a lot to go through, but worth it if you’re looking for a specific shot. There’s also another imgur gallery of the highlights here.
August 26 – The Imperial Star Destroyers shown in the D-23 clip have red paint on the edges, which might be the Sith Trooper Fleet that was “leaked” a few months ago by Making Star Wars.
August 26 – This Twitter user noticed that Rey is wearing a ring with some kind of black stone in it in the D-23 trailer.
August 26 – During an interview, when asked if Stormpilot or Reylo fans would be happier after the film, Daisy answers, “both,” although she elaborates further into how Oscar and John were there interacting with fans and Adam was not, so it seems more like she dodged the question.
August 26 – During recent interviews, Anthony Daniels says that C-3PO is “front and center” for a lot of the film, whereas JJ commented that TLJ didn’t really derail anything that he was trying to set up in TFA.
August 25 – Star Wars official website said, “…and of course the vision of a Rey with a reticulated red blade…” in an article about the footage, prompting further speculation that that Rey is simply a vision Rey sees and that she doesn’t actually turn to the dark side.
UPDATE: They have now changed the wording of the article to read, “the sight of Rey”
August 25 – During an interview at the D-23 expo, we learn that Zorri and Poe were once friends and have some history, which is probably how she gets pulled into the story, although Keri Russell describes her character as a “criminal” and says she has a checkered past. Oscar Isaac describes their relationship as “complicated,” but says it’s interesting to see how this war affects people who are not aligned with the First Order or the Resistance.
August 25 – Star Wars posts an official look at the Jet Trooper from the D-23 Expo.
August 25 – John Boyega describes Rey as wearing a “red jacket” despite footage of her wearing black robes in the shot.
August 24 – Kathleen Kennedy says that D-0 was kind of rescued by BB-8 and now they’re best friends.
August 24 – During an interview with Good Morning America regarding Kylo and Rey’s relationship, JJ describes it as “desperate,” Daisy describes it as, “connected” and Kathleen Kennedy describes it as “very very complicated.”
August 24 – While John Boyega warns fans not to “look too much into it” regarding dark side Rey, KMT says that the most important thing to take away from it is that the ending is going to be “really groundbreaking in a good way.”
August 24 – Daisy Ridley describes Episode IX as inspired and unexpected, whereas Kelly Marie Tran describes it as really, really long although she admits she hasn’t seen it
August 24 – At D-23, The Rise of Skywalker poster was officially unveiled.
August 24 – The timeline of galactic events shown at D-23 ends 13 years after the events of The Rise of Skywalker, leading some to speculate that there may be a time jump at the end of the film
August 24 – During his talk at D-23, John Williams says that he has written 100 minutes for Episode IX, and is returning to LA to write the remaining 40.
August 23 – At D-23, we got our first look at new shots from The Rise of Skywalker, featuring clips on the trio together on the Falcon and in the desert, a shot of Kylo taking Darth Vader’s helmet out of a drawer, and an exchange between Rey and Finn where she says, “It’s too dangerous. I’ve got to go alone,” although they end up all going together anyway. For a still frame shot of the scenes, click here, for the actual footage, click here. We also got another glimpse of Kylo Ren’s cracked helmet in a D-23 banner promotion for Episode IX, although it might be just a loose artist’s rendition of what it looks like in the film.
August 23 – According to the official Star Wars website, the novel Age of Resistance will explore more of Poe Dameron and General Hux’s back stories, which comes out August 28th.
August 23 – Anthony Daniels reveals on Twitter that he will be at D-23 to discuss C-3PO in Episode IX
8/22 – According to Bespin Bulletin, the speeder Poe uses on Pasana (the desert planet) is light blue in color and seems more similar to the one Rey uses in The Force Awakens whereas Rey’s is brown and has a different design; the Vanity Fair photo from May 2019 showed a photo of Rey, BB-8, and Chewbacca on board. Tyler Bruso drew a mock-up of what it’s supposed to look like, which you can find on their IG.
8/20 – According to recent post by MSW, if you’re familiar with the character of Drax from Guardians of the Galaxy, a character described to look like with him but with cybernetic implants might show up in Episode IX. He appears to show up around the Thieve’s Quarter of Kijimi to thwart Zorri Bliss (and by extension, the Resistance), although his role is small, think Unkar Plutt’s role in The Force Awakens. There is supposed to be a large Stormtrooper battalion and a fight with Snowtroopers on Kijimi, the snow planet, so it’s possible he may lead to that confrontation in some way.
8/18 – The book Black Spire has been inadvertently leaked on Amazon; if you go to the Amazon preview page and click, “Look inside” it shows all/most of the book in its entirety. Some people report that they only have a few pages missing, while others have reported up to 95 pages missing. Regardless, it shows that after The Last Jedi, Leia gave instructions for them to, “Hide. Recruit allies. Gather ships. Collect fuel and weapons. Rebuild. Go far away and find a way to help us get on our feet again.” The main character, Vi, goes to Batuu under orders from Leia (before the events of The Force Awakens) to gather a small resistance fighting force, which ties in the Galaxy’s Edge theme park. Kylo Ren (referred to as the “new Supreme Leader”) and the 709th Legion head to this planet to squash her resistance. They set up camp near the Black Spire outpost because they are also in desperate need of supplies, mostly ships, fuel, and food.
Other fun facts that have leaked is that people talk about Rey “helping” to kill Snoke and Vi mistakes kyber crystals as pieces of jewelry, leading to Ylena intimating that they may need more kyber crystals to power more lightsabers, although this might have more to do with the theme park than the film.
Another interesting note on the lightsaber front: Ylena and Savi talk about giving Vi a lightsaber to fight the First Order with, but she says she is not Force sensitive enough to wield one. This raises questions about how easily Finn was able to wield a lightsaber in The Force Awakens if he isn’t Force sensitive.
In addition, most of the galaxy doesn’t know that the Resistance has destroyed Starkiller Base and assumes that the First Order is still using this superweapon in order to conquer and control the galaxy.
8/7 – A while ago, Making Star Wars mentioned “miniature Death Star tech” on the Star Destroyers. This photo shows what they may have been alluding to.
8/5 – According to the latest MSW Patreon Podcast, there is going to be some acknowledgement that Kylo “feels something” for/about Rey and that he might defect, possibly after finding the Sith Troopers that will lead them to Palpatine. The zero gravity battle ship filmed in the Cardington sheds might be a part of the Sith Trooper fleet as well. The red troopers actually came from a version of Colin Trevorrow’s script where they were going to fight the white stormtroopers, but it doesn’t seem like this is happening anymore. Regardless, Kylo seems to bring the wayfinder to the desert planet of Pasana for something to be revealed to him, but it’s unclear what that is.
As for Rey, she might have been dropped off by Zorri on Jakku to protect her from the Empire. Keri Russell filmed with Mark Hamill independent of her scenes on the snow planet, but it’s not yet clear in what way. Zorri does seem like she’s going to be a good guy, as Zorri is going to be advertised alongside the Resistance and her ship can be seen amongst Resistance ships.
Two other small details is that Lando’s introduction is said to spark “TFA levels of coincidence” and that it is possible (but seems very unlikely) that the final scene of the Skywalker saga will be of the Lars homestead.
8/1 – Although we’re not going to post all the LEGO and toy leaks since those will appear before the movie and aren’t usually a huge spoiler as far as the story is concerned, here’s a first look at the New Republic Starhawk (most likely gathered for the Resistance by the Inferno Squad, as per The Last Jedi Expanded Edition) and the Onager Class Star Destroyer.
7/31 – Bespin Bulletin reports that the reshoots at Black Park around the orange X-Wing have finished last week, although it’s unclear if any actors were involved in the reshoots. There is supposed to be a two-day shoot at the Black Park lake happening sometime in August, used as the set for the swamp and snow locations. All in all, it seems that there will be only be about four days of reshoots total at Black Park.
7/31 – Due to the similarities between Zorri’s ship and the ship that drops Rey off on Jakku, Making Star Wars theorizes that it’s possible that Zorri is actually the one who dropped Rey off on Jakku. It looks like Zorri is going to be marketed as a hero going forward, and Rey might even comment on how familiar Zorri’s ship looks in Episode IX. MSW and Bespin Bulletin theorize that Zorri might have collaborated with the First Order when Rey was a child, but dropped Rey off on Jakku for her own protection, or perhaps as a favor to Rey’s parents. Right now this theory is being credited as “informed speculation,” although we know based on the material from the Vanity Fair piece that Zorri and her ship seem to help Rey and the rest of the Resistance escape the droid repair facility on Kijimi with D-0.
7/30 – According to Jason’s latest Making Star Wars post, the Sith Troopers haven’t yet made an appearance because they’ve been hiding away in the Unknown Regions, which is dangerously unstable and filled with things like gravity wells. They’ve been out here since Palpatine’s “death,” waiting for the signal to return to come back and finish their mission.
Kylo Ren believes that finding them will help him, and so he needs to find a “Wayfinder device” in order to locate them. He eventually gets it from a creature that as described as a spider with an infant’s face that seems to be some kind of oracle. Kylo Ren thinks he’s getting a powerful weapon but this may backfire on him, as the Sith Trooper fleet contains Star Destroyers that are “equipped with planet destroying weapons like the one on the Death Star itself” and is one of Palpatine’s last major projects.
Making Star Wars also corroborated the Bespin Bulletin leak from yesterday about Sith Jump Troopers, which seem to have drawn their inspiration from the Mando rocket packs that we’ve seen before in The Clone Wars.
7/29 – Bespin Bulletin recently shared that the Sith Troopers will have jet packs as well as their own TIE Fighters described a few days ago. There’s also a rumor that these troopers will be more essential to the plot than any that have come before it in the films.
7/26 – Bespin Bulletin posted that the TIE Dagger, a new TIE variant that appears in The Rise of Skywalker visual dictionary, is only one of a handful of TIE variants that we will see. We also may see a new TIE Fighter called the “Sith TIE Fighter” that is used by the Sith Troopers and looks similar to the TIE Daggers but has a red design with a black center on the wings. There may also be a “Special Forces TIE Fighter” and “TIE Whisper Fighter” which looks similar to one another, but the Whisper apparently has a larger, bulkier cockpit, like the one seen in Kylo’s TIE Fighter. They also mention that it is Kylo Ren inside the Fighter seen charging at Rey in the desert in the teaser. He crashes, they fight, and this is when the Force Flash fight occurs.
July 24 – The previous Bespin Bulletin leaks about filming at Black Park seem to be more directed towards Marvel’s “The Eternals” movie, and not Episode IX as previously thought.
July 19 – Bespin Bulletin reports that the orange X-Wing seen parked at Black Park actually belongs to Poe Dameron. It seems to be referred to as “Poe’s X-Wing Fighter” and will most likely appear in merchandising in the coming months.
July 18 – At SDCC, the placard for the new Sith Trooper reads, “In its ultimate push towards galactic conquest, the First Order readies an army of elite soldiers that draw inspiration and power from a dark and ancient legacy.”
July 18 – A short behind the scenes clip about the making of the Sith Troopers shown at the exhibition at SDCC
July 16 – A new theory ties together Rey’s powerful Force abilities, her strange connection to Kylo Ren, and explains why Lucasfilm has sort of shied away from addressing Rey’s direct parentage so far
July 15 – Bespin Bulletin reports on updates regarding filming and reshoots at Black Park
July 11 – Making Star Wars reports that the new Sith Troopers will answer only to Kylo Ren and the Knights of Ren and this has “plot significance” although it’s hard to imagine considering that although Kylo wants to emulate his grandfather, he was also the one in The Last Jedi who said to “let the past die” and it didn’t seem like his goal was ever to become a Sith. It is likely, however, that they will answer to Palpatine, just as the Praetorian Guard answered to Snoke.
July 10 – Lucasfilm has announced that they will be displaying a first look at new trooper armor for The Rise of Skywalker at SDCC 2019 – the red and interestingly named Sith Trooper
July 8 – Making Star Wars shares some very blurry concept art images that seem difficult to decode. It’s possible that they show Mustafar from the color scheme, but there’s also no solid confirmation that these images are from Episode IX.
July 7 – Episode IX reshoots are supposedly happening at Black Park from July until September, although there is little to confirm that these reshoots are for Episode IX specifically aside from taking place in the same areas.
July 7 – A lightened picture from the Star Wars website of Kylo’s mask being reforged shows a member of the Knights of Ren in the background, giving credence to the theory that they will be involved in a “ritual” repairing Kylo’s helmet
July 7 – Joonas Suotamo teases on Twitter that pretty much all of Episode IX is a “I did not see that coming” moment
July 1 – On the Josh Horowitz podcast, Daisy Ridley says that they’ve done a “great job” with all the relationships. She says, “I just think they’ve just done a great job with all the different relationships, like with the fun friendships, and with the sort of strange thing with Rey and Kylo.” She also says that Rey and Kylo have a “great fight.” She was happy with the Vanity Fair picture showing it. She said it had been shot back in November and they had water being thrown at them to convey the effect.
July 1 – In an interview with USA Today, Daisy Ridley says that The Rise of Skywalker is different from the previous two installments “genre-wise” and that it will be clear when the movie comes out. She describes it as a “different drive” and is excited to work with John Boyega again, as well as Oscar Isaac. She says, “To me, it felt like kids going on an adventure.” She also says that JJ addresses the issue of Rey’s parentage. “So at the end of the film, you know what the dealio is.” She also mentioned that she did not personally do the backflip in the trailer because there was a risk of breaking her ankles but there is a bit in the film where we see her upside down and she did 95% of her own stunts. She also addressed The Last Jedi criticism, calling it “fair” and saying that “it’s fair for people to think they were done wrong.”
June 26 – In an interview with Good Morning America, Daisy Ridley says that she signed on for three movies and “we’ll see” if she ever returns as Rey, but she debunked the rumors and says that she is definitely not going to appear in the next trilogy, as it’s a separate story. She mentioned that playing Ophelia in her new film was the first time she felt like “the lead of a film” which was a bit intimidating, which is odd considering Rey was supposed to be one of the leads of the trilogy. Daisy also says that some parts of “it” were “really moving” although it’s not clear if she was talking about the specifics of wrapping the film, or if elements in the film were what she found moving.
June 21 – Mark Hamill says in an interview that he “hopes” that this is his last Star Wars film, as he found closure after the last one. He says he’s only involved because “of that peculiar aspect of the Star Wars mythology where if you’re a Jedi, you get to come back and make a curtain call as a Force ghost.”
June 20 – A shot of possible reshoots at Black Park for Episode IX shows a tree stump with camouflage netting above it. It’s not confirmed that this is for Episode IX, but it’s possible.
June 19 – The Age of Resistance comics, which might have information that ties into The Rise of Skywalker, debut on September 4th with a story about Rose and Paige before the events of The Last Jedi. Kylo Ren’s introduction into Snoke’s training is released on September 11th, “never before seen moments” between Rey and General Organa before she leaves for Ahch-To is released on September 18th and another Kylo Ren story about him struggling to escape his grandfather’s reputation will be released on September 25th.
June 19 – From the book Galaxy’s Edge: Black Spire, we meet General Organa’s top spy, Vi Moradi. Four mouths after The Last Jedi, Vi travels to Batuu to try to recruit more people to the Resistance. Most people don’t know that the Starkiller Base has been destroyed and the First Order has pretty much taken over as the Resistance struggles to find its footing. When the First Order finds out about Vi, they travel to Batuu as well. One person on Batuu is Savi, who grew up with Lor San Tekka and shares his beliefs about the Force. Vi also mentions her plan to infiltrate a Star Destroyer that has been given to a new unit in the Resistance called the “Green Team.” The book ends with the 709th Legion of the First Order and Kylo Ren arriving on Batuu. The Resistance base, however, is littered with booby traps that Vi herself had to navigate while establishing the base there. This may have more to do with the theme park, but it’s possible some of this information may surface in The Rise of Skywalker.
June 15 – It’s possible that Episode IX reshoots are currently taking place at Black Park, most likely regarding the Resistance jungle base set and scenes filmed there
June 9 – This Twitter user noticed Lando wearing his wristcom in Episode IX, prompting some to speculate that Lobot might be making an appearance, although the original actor that played him, John Hollis, passed away in 2005
June 6 – According to the latest Now, This is Podracing! Patreon podcast, they released a text version of the rumor that Rey was [redacted]’s daughter (redacted just in case it ends up being true) although it seems to have been thoroughly debunked for now. Galaxy’s Edge content was mostly discussed in this podcast, but they also mentioned a current rumor that Kylo cannot kill Rey at the beginning of the film so the Knights of Ren take him to reforge his mask and “do what must be done, show no mercy” since Kylo has been shown to not be able to kill Rey multiple times. There’s also a rumor that Kylo will ask Rey to kill him so that Palpatine will finally die, but this occurs at the end of the second act.
June 5 – According to this article, Leia will be recreated partially through shots taken from The Force Awakens. For example, taking a shot of her on Takodana and changing the background, her hair, making her look older, changing the lighting, etc. to look like a new scene. There’s no word on if shots from The Last Jedi will be used as well, or if they’ll bring in a voice actress to add dialogue, but according to one source, “They are combining clips. There will also be no horrible digi-double that was used for Leia in Rogue One. This is all being done in what we call “comp.” There will be some digital work done (ageing, hair) so her face and body match, but not the uncanny valley like Tarkin in Rogue One. They will be changing her hair or adding wrinkles as she looked very different between TFA and TLJ.”
May 29 – Pablo Hidalgo “debunks” the rumor concerning Rey’s parentage by pointing out that it doesn’t fit with the timeline. Rey is canonically 19 years old and he says Han and Leia were together up until about five years before The Force Awakens.
May 27 – At Phoenix Fan Fusion, Billie Dee Williams refers to the Episode IX title as “The Rise of LUKE Skywalker” although it probably was just a slip of the tongue
May 27 – According to the Making Star Wars Patreon podcast, there is an unconfirmed rumor concerning Rey’s parentage. (Don’t continue reading if this is too much of a spoiler for you, although there is no factual basis to back this up and may not necessarily end up happening.) According to the podcast, Rey’s father is Han Solo. Her mother is not Leia or Keri Russell’s new character, Zorri. Apparently Leia and Han were estranged when she began training with Luke. She did not complete training when she returned to Han, but Ben Solo learned about the affair (although whether he knows about Rey or not is unclear) and began acting out, which is why he was sent to train with Luke. There is a scene where Lando tells Finn and Poe something and their jaws drop to the floor – it may be related to this, which would mean that Rey finds out her parentage in another way if her parentage is what that conversation is about. The rumor does play into two other rumors previously mentioned. The first is how a flashback would reveal something unexpected about a previous character. The second is about Luke and Leia discussing training, although Leia may not even know that Rey is Han’s daughter. In canon literature, Han mentions several times he didn’t know how to be a dad and his original introduction in The Force Awakens was supposed to have him drinking like in Raiders. This would play into both having Rey’s parentage have meaning and not retconning Rey’s parentage from The Last Jedi, as her mother, and possibly stepfather, could have been drunk “nobodies.” Again, this is just a rumor, and not necessarily fact. We’ll find out in December.
May 25 – Matt Smith’s name has been removed from Disney international websites leading to more speculation about his involvement or lack thereof in the film (He was mentioned on some of the Disney international cast listings on April 27th)
May 23 – During an interview, Adam Driver discussed the overall story arc, saying, “An overall arc was very, not vague, the opposite, it was very clear [there was] an end in sight even from the very beginning. The details obviously hadn’t been worked out, but we had talked about the very thing that we’d been working towards with this last one.”
May 22 – Although official news, click here to read up on the newest Episode IX information dropped during the Vanity Fair summer issue
May 20 – According to a recent interview, John Williams will be recording the score for Episode IX in June, 2019
May 16 – Making Star Wars made a visual description of what they believe the Knights of Ren will look like based on the leaked descriptions so far
May 16 – According to this article, there is a flashback scene showing Luke and Leia that takes place early on in the film. Carrie’s daughter, Billie Lourd, is supposedly a stand in for the scene, which will be edited with CGI to make her seem more like a younger princess Leia. There’s nothing about Harrison Ford being included in these rumors. Instead, it seems to be more a conversation between Luke and Leia on why Leia decided not to become a Jedi, which may have something to do with a vision Luke or Leia had.
May 13 – John Williams liked the early cut of the film “very much” and has written about 25 minutes of the score so far
May 8 – According to the latest Making Star Wars podcast, the swamp planet and the jungle planet are two different planets. In the trailer, it appears that Kylo is fighting Resistance fighters in a swampy location, but apparently they are NOT Resistance fighters. That battle, the Resistance fighters wearing bucket helmets, and the jungle battle, appear to be three separate locations.
In terms of order of locations, it seems to start on the jungle planet, then go to the snow planet, Jordan, the jungle planet again, and then it’s unclear where the swamp planet and Kylo’s mask rebuilding fit into the overall story.
It’s possible that there might be a Kylo/Rey fight on the snow planet, although it might be part of a Force fight. Keri’s character Zorii also seems to be the one to help the Resistance off of the snow planet, although it’s unclear if this is related to the Millennium Falcon being on fire.
May 4 – According to this article, the jungle planet appears at the end of the second act, and is where everyone meets up before they face the big “evil” at the end of the film. Apparently the plan falls apart and a skirmish occurs. This was part of the scene filmed in Black Park with an orange X-Wing and the Millennium Falcon a few months ago.
There’s a cave on this planet that they explore, which might be home to Klaud, the giant slug who helps the Resistance. After they meet him, a meeting takes place that seems like the “map room” sequence from TFA where they come up with a plan for what they’re up against.
The Falcon seems to go through a bad fire on this jungle world. It seems to make it off planet but it might be damaged, possibly beyond repair. It’s possible the Falcon might meet its end here.
There also seems to be a First Order vs Resistance battle on this planet, most likely where Kylo stabs the fighter from the trailer. During this battle, some walkers not seen since Attack of the Clones might make an appearance. They might be AT-TEs, but that’s not confirmed.
They also seem to encounter a droid factory/repair shop/recycling facility on the snow planet where they meet D-0.
April 30 – The first cut of The Rise of Skywalker is rumored to have been screened at Bad Robot last week. It seems that they’re storing props from the film at Dagenham to be used for reshoots, not at Pinewood.
April 28 – According to this article, Matt Smith is definitely in the film, which seems to be confirmed by yesterday’s “leak.” The Death Star “graveyard” was likely filmed on the Pinewood Paddock lot; it’s unclear if he filmed there, but his character is most likely connected to it, and doesn’t seem to be a Knight of Ren.
An unconfirmed spoiler for the ending of the film is as follows. This could be what really happens, or it could just be speculation but if you don’t want to be spoiled, it’s best to avoid it in case it ends up being true:
Rumor has it that Matt Smith’s character isn’t a reincarnated Palpatine but a dark side acolyte that will be willfully possessed by Palpatine’s spirit. During the final act, Rey and Kylo will team up to fight him. The two-on-one duel is described as “pretty intense” but Kylo ends up killing Palpatine’s host body (Matt Smith). Palpatine’s spirit then jumps into Kylo Ren’s body, but he’s strong enough not to be completely possessed. He struggles to take control and subdues himself and asks Rey to kill him. He does the “right thing” by sacrificing himself to kill Palpatine and through this act becomes Ben Solo again. The reason he went into Kylo and not Rey was because she had never messed with the dark side like Kylo/the acolyte did, and so she wasn’t “evil” enough to host him.
Multiple sources have hinted that Rey will do something important at the end that “ends” Kylo, so it’s possible that this or some variation of this does play out. Back during marketing for The Last Jedi an i09 article mentioned a new dark side villain that was teased but was later scrapped: “Force sensitive, and highly attuned to the dark side but not a Sith, Snoke has trained Kylo Ren and at least one other apprentice.” Always two there are.
April 27 – A list of possible deleted scenes from The Force Awakens featuring Leia has been posted here. Some examples include Leia interrogating Finn on the First Order plans, Maz giving Leia the lightsaber on Takodana to give to Finn, and mention of a Resistance “secret weapon” codenamed “sledgehammers” or “steamrollers” (likely Hammerhead-class ships) that might appear in The Rise of Skywalker.
April 27 – According to this article, Kylo goes to a “creepy castle” owned by an “ape man” who agrees to help Kylo fix his helmet and activate a device that will help him and the rest of the Knights of Ren with whatever they’re trying to accomplish. Ash outside leads some to speculate that this might be Mustafar, but that’s not confirmed. The Knights of Ren are described as a “rowdy and evil bunch of degenerates” who are eager for the mask to be reforged and stalk about during its completion. Reports from multiple sources indicate that it might be Kylo, the ape man, the Knights of Ren, or some combination of the three that repair the mask in some kind of “ritual” although it’s also possible different sequences were shot to see what worked best.
Rumors from last summer stated that the script was about 260 pages, but that things shifted around as the story developed. It’s possible that since Kylo’s reforged helmet is a part of new marketing material that they may keep this out of the film since people know it’s been fixed already to save for time, or be explained through a deleted scene, but it’s unlikely and will probably make some sort of appearance in the film.
April 27 – According to the Czech and Polish international Disney sites, Matt Smith is mentioned in the cast listing despite not being officially confirmed to be in the film during the initial cast press release. Secrecy surrounding his role has prompted many to speculate that he’ll be playing a version of Sheev Palpatine.
April 22 – According to this article, Harrison Ford filmed a scene for the film. Han isn’t expected to be a Force ghost. Instead, the current theory is that Kylo is struggling and asks the burnt Darth Vader helmet to show him the darkness again. Instead, Luke intervenes and brings Han Solo into the picture in more of like a vision/dream to tell him that it’s never too late to come back to the light side and he can be forgiven.
April 21 – According to this article, John Boyega told an interviewer at Star Wars Celebration: “[The film] is full of different dynamics. I find [Finn] has always made very interesting friendships & relationships—with Han, Chewie, Poe. But now I don’t think I can say he’s still romantically interested in Rey.” [translated from German]
April 21 – From the latest Making Star Wars podcast, Jason thinks that Kylo Ren dies based on information that he has, although that may not be a negative thing and it may not be a permanent death. Rey might be the one to kill Kylo, but it might be part of Kylo’s overall plan. This might be somehow linked to the scene in The Force Awakens when he murders Han Solo. It’s been widely debated whether Han knew what was coming or understood why Kylo did it, but this may be a part of that.
April 21 – According to this article, Rose will be Finn’s love interest and gives Finn “something to fight for.” Kelly Marie Tran was apparently in the Vanity Fair shoot in Jordan as well, although it’s not clear if she was acting there or just part of the shoot as sources seem to feel she was more involved with the command side of things with General Leia and Lieutenant Connix.
April 20 – According to this article, the Knights of Ren see a lot of action in the Jordan shoot. They appear there as well as in Pinewood. Lando was seen filming in both locations as well, which means that it’s possible that Lando encounters the Knights of Ren at some point. The Knights of Ren look similar to how they appeared in The Force Awakens, with similar weapons. It seems that there are six total; two using really big guns and one might have a dagger. Another weapon sounds stranger, described as a stick with half a wagon wheel on it and spokes. Another has a weapon similar to a long staff broad sword, or similar to a Tusken Raider’s Gaderfi stick. Another weapon described is an oversized butcher knife, like a boat paddle.
April 19 – According to this article, as Rey and Kylo battle, the backgrounds change into places throughout the nine films, although none are specifically mentioned. One source mentioned that Kylo and his TIE fighter and Rey are in a “Wild West Stand-Off” like what we saw in the trailer, only Kylo Ren ends up walking away from the crashed TIE in flames. This will lead to them fighting. Another source says that Rey and Kylo Ren team up against an “outside threat” in a “black robe and cloak.” Also mentioned was the possibility of a Death Star graveyard.
April 19 – According to the latest Making Star Wars’ “Now, This is Podracing!” podcast and transcribed from BespinBulletin, the zero gravity final battle may be tied to big tank of water scenes that were shot at Pinewood. They think that the final battle is Kylo Ren’s ship crashing onto the Death Star site and he and Rey battle on Kylo’s ship. As far as the shot of Rey leaping over the TIE that presumably belongs to Kylo Ren in the Star Wars Celebration trailer, it doesn’t seem to go well for Kylo Ren as he’s seen in front of a burning, crashed TIE in Jordan. There was a throwback to Revenge of the Sith as he jumps out of his TIE Fighter and comes down Obi-Wan style and ignites his lightsaber as he and Rey fight. Apparently they’re both more powerful than before and link minds as they clash lightsabers. It looks like Poe, Finn, and C-3PO are in a ship that drops Rey off at the Death Star but this may not be accurate. There is debate as to who repairs Kylo Ren’s helmet, but it may be ritualistic as he heard the Knights of Ren do a kind of “dance” around it.
April 14 – Oscar Isaac said in an interview that in the beginning of Episode IX, the Resistance is decimated and there’s not many people for Poe to lead, so they’re looking for allies, and, “As the film goes on, you start to see him grapple not only with the lack of leadership, I mean, Leia is, you know, gone…” implying that Leia will die early in the film, and Poe will take over leadership of the Resistance and struggle with how to keep it going.
April 13 – According to the Making Star Wars patreon podcast, Rey and Kylo meet early on in the film in the Jordan desert, in the scene shown from the trailer. This happens early in the film. They separate but meet again later in the film and “Force link.” They’re fighting at locations that neither of them are actually in, which is a continuation of their “Force Skype” established in The Last Jedi. Jason thinks that the “Forceback” Rey had in The Force Awakens is actually a flash forward to a scene from the teaser. He says he also knows the fate of Kylo Ren, but doesn’t state any specifics. There’s also a mention of a scene that takes place in a graveyard or a cemetery.
April 12 – For a full breakdown of what was discussed at the Star Wars Celebration Episode IX panel, click here for more information.
April 11 – There’s a rumor going around that the title of Episode IX has been leaked, and that it will be called “Will of the Force.”
April 6 – According to this Reddit post:
A trusted source has come through once again with some new details on what we may be seeing in Episode IX. Some of what you’re about to read and see may or may not be a bit controversial with some groups of fans, so I highly encourage you to interact civilly, keep an open mind and withhold any judgement until after you’ve seen the movie this December. With that disclaimer, let’s get into the meat of it:
When we pick up with Kylo’s story in IX, he’s still struggling between the Light Side and the Dark Side. In addition to this, he’s also dealing with how to reconcile his feelings toward Rey.
My source specifically referred to these feelings as a “love” for Rey. (It’s at this point in the post that I would like people on all sides of the “Reylo” issue to pause, take a deep breath and cool your collective jets before commenting on this).
Kylo either seeks out or is summoned by a new character that is being referred to by my source as “the Oracle”.
Whether this is a code name used during production or the real name of the character is still unclear.
In addition to the concept art that my source had access to (a recreation of which is pictured below. Moderator’s Note:I’ve seen the original and can say that the recreation is faithful to it), he/she also saw the sculpt of the giant “baby” head that “the Oracle” sits on top of and described it as “essentially identical to the art – just unpainted” with the size appearing to be “8 to 10 feet wide.”
Speculation disclaimer: From the description my source provided, it sounds to me as if the Oracle will be a puppet or practical effect of some kind. Perhaps in the same vein as Mother Proxima from Solo.
My source could not confirm this for sure but is under the assumption that the swamp environment that the Oracle is found in is on the forested planet seen in previously leaked set photos.
He/she is also under the impression that the spider-like creature is somehow parasitic/leaching off of the the unconscious/slumbering the baby giant elf looking thing seen here.
Moderator’s Note: This bit may or may not be the case, I’m just passing along what I was told here.
April 4 – Making Star Wars put together an interesting list of details related to C-3PO and the new snow planet:
- There’s planet where it snows with a droid factory and the main cast visits a droid factory.
- On snowfall planet, See-Threepio reluctantly has his memory uploaded to Artoo-Detoo which leads to some funny issues for Artoo.
- On the snow planet, the new droid D.O. is introduced around the factory sequence and his help is required. He might be related to Keri Russell’s character.
- In the droid factory on the snow planet there is a “Bad Robot,” Battle Droids,” and droids that relate to or resemble John Williams scores somehow. Basically there’s a lot of Easter Eggs.
- The heroes are helped off the snowing planet by a character in purple and gold which makes me think it is Keri Russell’s character, as she was described to me as “rose-gold extremely elegant armor but with a purple under suit and a helmet that has the shape of an Olympic cycling helmet.” This costume lines up with the recent poster leak pretty well and another leak which has her listed as “Zorii.”
- I was told the MacGuffin isn’t apparent at the start of the film and this is part of how it evolves as the story progresses. Many sources have said that Threepio is pretty important to kicking things off.
April 2 – According to BespinBulletin on Instagram, Rey meets the alien seen behind Finn in the poster leaked last week. It’s not clear whether or not she’s alone or with someone else, and the alien itself isn’t necessarily important, but their meeting leads to something more important, possibly a lead up to the MacGuffin.
April 2 – According to Episode 267 of Making Star Wars’ “Now, This is Podracing!” podcast, the Episode IX marketplace/fish monger set is the biggest ever done in any movie it’s so huge. The red stormtroopers seen on the marketing material leaked last week do look a little different, although the poster could be the final version. The alien on the poster that is seen behind Finn is animatronic and there is someone in the suit, although it seems CGI in the poster. In regards to C-3PO’s memories, it might be related to Attack of the Clones because C-3PO’s memories leads them to a snow planet, where they find dead battle droids. They might encounter Zorri on the snow planet. Two other small details are that Rose has a smaller role in Episode IX and that Billie Lourd was a stand in for Leia flashback scenes.
March 27 – Our first real glance at what Episode IX might look like, a poorly composited poster leaked online. It looks to be an assembly from different character poses that might be used for other marketing materials, or be a draft for a merchandise poster but it is not the official poster for Episode IX, which will most likely drop during Star Wars Celebration.
March 27 – More character photos have been dropped, including Keri Russell’s Zorri and Naomie Ackie’s Jannah
March 27 – Previously, Reddit user JediPaxis put forth the idea that Finn and Jannah (Naomi Ackie’s character) are siblings. Slashfilm published a story about Jannah’s backstory, but then quickly pulled it down. Here’s a snippet of what they wrote:
- Our sources have told us that Jannah was kidnapped as a child to be turned into a Stormtrooper. We’re not sure if she ever became one, but it looks like maybe she escaped and has been living on her own, not unlike Rey. Another image of the character features her holding a bow and arrow. We’re not sure how handy that’s going to be in a fight against laser blasts, but she looks like a badass warrior.
March 24 – According to the Making Star Wars “Now This is Podcasting” episode 266, it’s possible that there will be some sort of blue ape or monkey in Episode IX. It’s also possible that C-3PO’s memories are part of the MacGuffin that everyone’s talking about. Tantive IV might be a part of it, and they might have to go to Tantive IV in order to find fragments of C-3PO’s memory that was wiped, which will lead them to something else. This could be something to do with how everyone keeps talking about how this is the “close” of the Skywalker saga and how it ties together the previous installments.
March 20 – Mark Hamill’s Force ghost has a beard, according to his interview on Jimmy Kimmel
March 9 – One more update, more of a clarification of what was seen/heard in yesterday’s footage: IX footage included quick shots of all the main characters: Poe, Finn, Rey, then Kylo looking down and then we see he is looking at a container of some kind opening to reveal it has Vader’s helmet inside. Rey says “It’s too dangerous, I’m going alone.” Poe then says “We’re going together.” We see Poe, Rey, Finn and Chewbacca [another source stated that they did not see Chewbacca] all settling into the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon. Star Wars Episode IX only had a behind the scenes reel with many shots including one of the Tantive IV, Lando and a new Droid next to BB-8 that looks like a megaphone on a wheel – confirming a recent character design leak.
March 8 – Scott Ladewig took to Twitter after the shareholder meeting and described some of the Episode IX footage he remembered seeing as best he could. It seemed to be a mix of behind the scenes footage, as well as scenes from the actual film.
Replying to @Ladewig @sleemo_We saw a blockade runner in an abandoned looking hangar. An explosion knocking Stormtroopers in a starship hangar bay. Kylo Ren in a white room looking at the Vader helmet. Rey, Finn, Poe in Falcon cockpit.
Lando briefly. Rey with Chewie’s bowcastet. Finn in some abandoned looking ship interior.
So @dizparks just reminded me that we saw a marketplace (?) scene with Rey walking through and some aliens.
He was in a room like in the rebel Blockade runner style, that bright white. And he’s looking down as a box or container opens to reveal the charred Vader helmet.
Kylo is not wearing a helmet.
Nothing like that [re: KoR footage]
Going to guess no [the scar is not different] but the scene goes by so quick I couldn’t really say. It’s all so overwhelming to take it all in.
Her hair looks pretty much the same as in the previous film.I think it was up in most scenes, but it went by so fast I may have missed it.
We only saw him [Kylo] in one scene and he looked pretty much the same as far as I can recall.
Oh wait! I just remembered… A really cool clip of Daisy doing wire work, jumping and turning a somersault high up in the air with a lightsaber.
[someone pots a picture of vader meditation chamber] Ohhh, that’s very possible…… I hadn’t thought of that.
So a suggestion the white room we saw Kylo in could be harkening back to Vader’s meditation chamber. That’s not a bad idea.
Yes, pretty sure on the behind the scenes we see her doing wire work with a saber in hand I think. Not in the finished footage that I can recall but I could have missed it.
Hmmm.. he [Kylo] didn’t look sad so much as he looked pained.Looked like he was having a bad day.
[someone pointing out Kylo always looks pained] Good point, maybe it was just his resting Kylo face.
That sure sounds like it [re: white room = white ship confirmed] I’ll admit I haven’t kept up with the rumors myself.
Poe walked into the cockpit to join the others; Rey was in the pilot seat.
Rey’s clothes: The one I remember was light colored almost white in a similar fashion to what she was wearing previously It’s what she’s wearing in the photo on this tweet I believe.
Somebody asked me earlier if we saw a new character in the Ep IX , and I didn’t recall, but we actually did see a glimpse of someone new who appeared to be riding some animal (?). Guessing it was Naomi Ackie’s character.
I don’t think we saw enough in context to really judge that, but what I saw looked like Star Wars if you know what I mean. Daisy as Rey looked great.
Oh I was thinking animals like Banthas lol, sorry. Yeah nothing stood out, but it was your common Tatooine or Jakku type outfits.
Another Twitter user:
when asked about dialog in the footage @crerrity @Ladewig @sleemo_ Almost none, just some saying we go together or in this together from Rey, Poe, Finn.
No, it was more of like wooden stands an a number of characters in your classic alien Star Wars character outfits. Did look sandy though. [when shown batuu image]
Lando details from Scott and another Twitter user:
I think he was on the Falcon, just quick view of him from shoulders up.
@dizparks Lando was on the Falcon right?
That’s correct, he was on the Falcon. It looked like it was his first time back on it by how he kind of touched the wall.
yesterday people asked about Lando and whether he was wearing yellow and/or a cape.
@disparks and I just remembered him wearing purple. But… After seeing a photo someone shared of him with a yellow shirt and the dark cape, the dark cape would have been all we could see in the clip because it was form the shoulders up and form the side.
We did not see Chewie, R2, or 3PO [on falcon]. We did see BB-8 in some scenes.
Like a wedge shape head or something? [in response to whether he saw D0)]
March 7 – Reporter Emily Zemler interviewed Matt Smith, who said he is NOT actually in Episode IX. “As far as I can tell, I’m definitely not.” Variety reported that he was but his announcement was never official. Dominic Monaghan was also never officially announced, although he has confirmed that he will be in it.
March 1 – In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Scott Trowbridge teased red Stormtroopers, a new “elite” kind of Stormtrooper called the 709th, the Red Fury, which may be part of Episode IX since they are described as an elite First Order squad.
February 26 – BespinBulletin shared the rumor that someone saw Luke Skywalker’s X-Wing or possibly an A-Wing in the UK, possibly to be used for Episode IX
February 23 – Making Star Wars’ Now, This is Podcasting! Episode 263 podcast reveals some interesting information. Props to Godxon for putting it all together:
Planets & Locations
Jason heard again that Jordan was used as a filming location for two planets.
One of them looks like Tatooine.
Lars homestead was reportedly built in Pinewood.
Tatooine is reportedly at the end of the movie.
It looks like a small Ahch-to set was built in Pinewood too.
The second Jordan planet could be named Pazama or something like that. Jason doesn’t know the exact spelling and Pazama is just my transcription.
There’s a miners/fish market looking town. The whole town was built in Pinewood (so maybe it’s the biggest set we heard about). Snowtroopers were there and snow special effects were used there.
Also, there is a droid factory on the miners/fish market set. It’s an easter egg heaven – robot from Bad Robot logo is hidden there, John Williams’ scores are somehow hidden there, few battle droids from The Phantom Menace, etc.
Kylo supposedly goes to a dark looking castle to get his helmet fixed in the movie – but this could be BS, because he also heard earlier that Knights of Ren fixed his helmet. There’s some monkey looking creature on this set.
Kylo was a part of the swamp planet (Black Park) stuff. Kylo’s pulling and throwing some Resistance soldiers, but he’s probably separated from the main battle on that planet.
Jason heard about the young Luke & Leia training flashback. Billie Lourd might have been a stand-in for CGI.
Jason seconds info about Keri Russell’s character from this leak. She might have been on the snow planet, but Jason says he could be wrong about it.
Knight of Ren’s weapons aren’t the same as in The Force Awakens. They look like medieval weapons with Star Wars features. They look visually neat.
Jason doesn’t know if any of the TFA’s KoR is in IX.
There’s some really black TIE.
Luke’s X-wing was on some set. Jason doesn’t know if it’s the ROTJ one or a different one.
Kylo supposedly has a new ship. It’s white with red and black details. It has some cool gadgets.
Supposedly Vader’s helmet is on that ship.
Jason heard that Falcon is on a fire at some point.
There’s an orange X-wing with R2 unit in it. His source doesn’t think it’s Poe Dameron’s.
Supposedly Rey has Luke’s X-wing helmet.
There was supposedly a massive ship on the Cardington set. The final battle with zero gravity was probably filmed there.
Jason’s gotten info to suggest the MacGuffin changes, going from one thing which leads to something else, and that it ends up revealing the big secret of the movie.
February 19 – A “trusted source” has dropped some interesting details on Reddit, possibly including the rumored MacGuffin
- Luke and Leia appear in multiple flashbacks, including at least one scene where Leia is being trained or is discussing Jedi training with Luke. The outcome of the training is uncertain. It is also unclear if Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill filmed these scenes and will be de-aged, or if they are portrayed by younger actors and CG’d like Leia and Tarkin in Rogue One. My source has heard nothing about about Han appearing in any flashbacks.
- Leia’s role as Resistance leader is being said to be of a similar in size to her TFA role, perhaps even smaller, though her flashback scenes make her seem more present in the film. No confirmation on whether Leia lives or dies in the film.
- There are solid red First Order Troopers, yet their role is unclear at this point in time.
- Nien Nunb appears in an identical costume from the previous films and has a larger role than either TFA or TLJ.
- The Knights of Ren do appear and each have a distinct weapon of choice as has been previously seen in TFA and the concept art for that film.
- We don’t have any confirmation that the any of the Knights previously seen in TFA will or won’t be appearing in IX.
- Keri Russell’s character is a bounty hunter with an allegiance that is unclear to my source. Keri’s character wears a purple (nearly magenta) jumpsuit with bronze/gold accessories, including an elongated helmet.
- Think about a fancier version of Zam Wesell and my source says that will get you pretty close.
- Naomi Ackie’s character is supposedly Finn’s sister.
- Moderator’s note: This point was presented to my source as factual like all the other parts of this post, but I believe it might be wise to take this one with a grain of salt until other sources can corroborate this particular bit of information.
- C-3PO has a scene where he holds military gear. It’s unclear whether he actually fires any weapons though.
- My source doesn’t recall exact details but 3PO appeared to have a bag or net (not unlike the Ewok trap net) and what he/she believes to be Chewie’s bowcaster.
February 19 – Trailer rumored to drop in April (meaning it will most likely drop at Celebration) and be attached to Avengers: Endgame in theatres
February 17 – According to this 4chan post, Palpatine returns and his consciousness is held in an item (the MacGuffin). He possessed a body and ruled as Snoke, but when Snoke died, the consciousness returned to the item. Kylo needs to destroy this item to stop Palpatine from reclaiming the First Order through another host. The Knights of Ren tell Kylo where they think it is, and he and Rey team up to destroy Palpatine. The twist is that Matt Smith is already possessed when they return to Kylo and eventually turns on him. The Momin Mask is one example of how Lucasfilm has been setting up “Force possession” in canon.
February 15 – This is official news, but it’s worth mentioning here too that filming for Episode IX has officially wrapped according to JJ’s Twitter post as well as posts from several other cast and crew members
February 14 – According to Fantha Tracks, the Millennium Falcon will look a bit different, including a new style sensor array dish
- Jason has not heard anything about all the KOR being women (and personally that seems unlikely though some may be)
- Jason believes the red and black stormtroopers also come from the Beyond with the KOR, meaning that they might be primarily loyal to the KOR despite technically being Kylo’s and the KOR’s
- Jason has heard that some of the KOR are force users, but some are not, bringing together the various rumors we have had that we should not assume Force powers of the KOR.
- Jason hasn’t gotten the term sith stormtrooper confirmed, so it may well just be a nickname on set (recall that BB-9E was called BB-H8). No indication they can use the force. He personally doubts they can.
- Really the main thing Jason has been told about the MacGuffin is that it’s controversial. One person who is balanced and hands off fandom did say that it was delightful, but the repeated word has been controversial, from people who get the fandom more. When Jason said that this was pretty usual for fandom, they said that many of the things in TLJ did not strike them as controversial. This, however, does.
- He has not gotten any bites on it being something like Vader’s lightsaber (which doesn’t reject it, but for what it’s worth)
- Jason knows they shot promotional stuff in Jordan; he doesn’t think Rose was there though doesn’t know. (I would guess it might be hard to find out, and especially if they filmed some Jordan stuff on set, this might not be very relevant).
- Jason says he’s seen some images of the IX script and it seems longer than usual. Does later say that given the improv nature of what we have been hearing, it’s possible they’re just gunning for it and planning on cutting down later.
- Jason confirms that he’s heard Dominic is a Resistance leader
- Jason seconds the idea of Jordan having been possibly used for two planets (which per The Great TB Scandal of ’19, matches previous info)
February 9 – BespinBulletin reported that Kylo doesn’t wear his helmet in the second half of the film
February 5 – Filming in Black Park wrapped according to this Instagram post
February 3 – A source at the Art Institute of Chicago said people from the Star Wars set were interested in medieval armor and weaponry from the High Middle Ages and the Viking Age, which may have influenced the aesthetic of the Knights of Ren
The following is raw facts free of speculation.
Hooded Poe and Finn. Are in a street scene
this was inside pinewood studios
there were several large animatronic creatures around
the scene featured many extras
there is another set that was a large set described like the cantina from a new hope
there were many alien extras
(Naomi Ackie) Vera engages several in a fight and somewhat of a bar fight breaks out
Vera is then with Poe and Finn
Stormtroopers arrive and there is a chase
Vera is with members of her group
Chewie arrives on the set later on
Those horses were on set
Now this is what I gather, this is the speculation sub is it not?:
This is the First the audience sees of Finn and Poe in IX
Poe and Finn are sent undercover to speak with Vera Calrissian after being sent by her father.
They fins her throughout the fight scene
Stormtroopers who occupy the city and patrol come in and the heroes need to fight their way out
The chase is the Stormtroopers coming after them and more of Veras group engage them
Chewbacca also joins the fray
They escape and make their way to Vera’s base where (Domenic Monaghan) Arvyl is introduced
what I don’t understand is how they end up with General Hux?????
- The user clearly has some details correct. I can verify that someone I spoke to also believes Jordan, for example, to have served as two separate planets. I can also verify that they believed Tatooine to be a set, and that it was a place we have seen before (not Hutts). I can verify that Mark has likely shot with Daisy, and that Kylo’s helmet use definitely at least decreases significantly in the second half of the film.
- Beyond raw info like that is where things start to get fuzzy, and sometimes even the raw info is I think, based on the sources I know, wrong too.
- For example: The user states that Keri Russell and Mark Hamill filmed scenes together. That I cannot confirm or deny–I simply don’t know. What I do know given the people I was under the impression Mark filmed with: I am not sure how there would be time. He has not filmed a lot to my knowledge. Mark roughly implied a week in one interview. One crewman in fact seemed certain that he had not filmed period as of January, just had been visiting set often as he is known to do. Conflicting evidence on this leads me to wonder whether Mark is simply providing a Force bond sort of presence on set but is meant to be voicing the role later, or filming his coverage in a different CG way to be done later in the production.
- The user also expresses a certain reveal is true, one that would involve heavy flashbacks. It is true that to my knowledge that Luke is involved in a lot of flashback/dream/vision sort of stuff (people have been unclear exactly how all of it will be used in the final product). A crew member also indeed seemed to think there might be a scene of Luke arriving on Ahch-To. But at least one crew guy heavily implied it would not be Mark during those scenes. The implication to me seemed that it was a younger actor playing a younger Luke–which would mean that it would not be Mark and Keri during those scenes at all. While a younger Luke might explain more the timeline of the rumor I have seen running around, it’s so far off the map of what the user claims to know that I have to assume he’s again either speculating wildly based off some facts he knows, or simply repeating word for word something he heard from a crew member, one who may be just speculating themselves or be pulling his leg.
- I’d advise people to recall two things: 1. How no one but above the line talent and high up essential crew are likely to truly understand the context of what they are seeing/have heard about, and 2: How even MSW who has been fairly reliable and pulls from many of the same people has often been wildly wrong because a good source couldn’t help but speculate wildly.
The following is news that I have accumulated from various sources around the pinewood set, this comes from crew members from the area
Domenic Monaghan’s rebel character is named Arvyl – his character initially did not make it past the second act but he has been confirmed to appear late in the film
there is a Duros character who has prominence within the resistance
Kelly Marie Tran isn’t so much in the action as much as the last Jedi. She is however involved in an action sequence alongside Finn at some point
Hux is not involved in the latter of the film. Not to say he dies early, but his power position is diminished and he is not a primary antagonist
Richard E Grant plays a tyrannical First Order general
the Knights of Ren are certainly in the film and their screen time is surprisingly lengthy – Matt Smith is said to have been on set dressed in dark robes and holding a lightsaber prop
Kylo has his helmet re forged but is more often helmetless in the latter half
Ben pilots the falcon
Keri Russell is involved with Luke’s storyline
LAST BUT NOT LEAST:
Luke is involved in a flashback scene with Han and Leia wherein Ben is dropped off for training to a young Luke – an 8 year old Ben was cast and he will have a talk with Luke about wanting to be a Jedi and a guardian of the good in the galaxy
Luke has shot scenes with both Daisy Ridley and Adam Driver
Rey visits Tattooine
EDIT: Poe also flies the falcon, alongside Naomi Ackie’s Vera Calrissian, I forgot about that tidbit. Have a great day/night
January 15 – John Boyega shared on his Instagram page a picture of bloody hands. He captioned the photo, “Great day working on set!! The whole team pushed themselves today to achieve something visually crazy! I’ve had many moments of shock on set but not like today and I can’t wait until you know why #FN2187” The mention of his old Stormtrooper designation has led to speculation that Finn will be involved in the beginning of the Stormtrooper uprising that was cut from The Last Jedi.
January 15 – Fantha Tracks has reported that shooting has moved to Cardington Sheds, which has been used as the exterior of Yavin IV base in A New Hope and Rogue One. Horses have also been seen on location there.
Considering Yavin IV is the home planet of Poe Dameron, it’s possible that the Resistance might have a base set up there after their headquarters on D’Qar was destroyed in The Last Jedi.
December 29 – A Reddit user with a friend at Pinewood says they possibly saw Caluan Ematt, played by Andrew Jack, at the Pinewood swamp sequence, dressed in a Resistance uniform
December 28 – Todd Fisher explains that unused footage of Carrie from the last two films will be woven into Episode IX in a way that seems extremely natural, saying, “This is unused, new content that could be woven into the storyline. That’s what’s going to give everybody such a great kick. It’s going to look like it was meant to be. Like it was shot yesterday.”
December 26 – Although not generally a credible source, The Sun announced that UK chef Jamie Oliver has secured a cameo as a Stormtrooper in Episode IX
December 22 – John Boyega confirms that Episode IX will take place one year after the events of The Last Jedi (although John later posted on Twitter that he doesn’t remember saying that in the interview)
December 20 – Prompted by a whirlwind of rumors, Natalie Portman says she has no knowledge of her reprising her role as Padme Amidala for Episode IX
December 20 – A Reddit user reported that filming will be happening in a large pool at the studio involving Resistance troops coming out of the water and preparing to ambush First Order forces, which were also being attacked by a “large bat like prosthetic creature.”
December 18 – It’s rumored something is going to be revealed before the end of the year – it seems too early for a trailer, but it seems something related to Episode IX will drop before the year’s out
December 18 – Making Star Wars reports that a swamp battle between the First Order and the Resistance is being filmed at Black Park. The Resistance fighters seem to be dressed in camo fatigues similar to Endor, but no main characters were seen on set.
December 15 – A Reddit user claimed to have light spoilers from marketing describing the outfits of different characters involved: Kylo has yellow eyes, Leia wears red, BB-8 has a green disguise, and the Knights of Ren are all women. There is no credible source to back any of this up, but it’s fun to read if you like to speculate which seems to be all that this is.
December 9 – John Boyega posts a small behind the scenes video of him filming on set on his Instagram
UPDATE: It looks like this video is not part of Episode IX, but an ad campaign he’s shooting for Cisco. Thanks to our commenter below for the heads up!
December 7 – Ed Sheeran is possibly making a cameo as a Stormtrooper in Episode IX
December 6 – Oscar Isaac’s brother continues to hint about his possible involvement with Episode IX
December 5 – Possible title and teaser coming before the end of the year (although personally I feel that this is just “hype” and they’ll wait until Star Wars Celebration for the official reveal)
December 5 – Kevin Smith visited the Episode IX set and said that he saw things from across all of the movies, that it was the biggest movie set he had ever seen, that he saw the best performance of someone’s career and that he cried…a lot.
December 3 – According to a Reddit user viewing the Pinewood Studio through a satellite noticed what appears to be a big jungle stage built in the paddock tank where they filmed part of Takodana for The Force Awakens. There is a lot of greenery and possibly a small lake. These details are absent in a satellite image taken weeks prior.
December 3 – Someone on Reddit said that they have information that the Knights of Ren are confirmed, but there’s no official source to back that up, but fits with what another poster described about a scene being filmed at Pinewood involving smoke, atmospheric effects, firearms, sword fighting, and masked figures.
December 3 – A Reddit user stated that Rey’s costume is described as less Jedi like and more neutral in color, more “tactical.” The three plot lines will center around Poe and Finn on a mission, Rey and Rose going on an “adventure” and the last thread would be from Kylo’s perspective trying to keep the First Order following his command
December 2 – A poster on Reddit said that during a marketing meeting, they discussed several things about Episode IX, mainly that BB-8 has a droid buddy, Rey and Kylo will have a big showdown at the end of the film, and that Kylo’s mask has been reforged with red filling in through the cracks. They also stated that Rey’s lightsaber will be remade, but it will not be shown on screen. FEBRUARY 9 UPDATE: This leak has seemingly been verified by the costume reference photos and concept art seen here.
November 28 – Anthony Daniel posts on his Twitter about filming in Pinewood and Wadi Rum
November 21 – Jeremy Conrad wrote on his Twitter that there will be no Episode IX teasers until April, saying, “There are reasons why it’s too soon to show stuff.” April coincides with Star Wars Celebration, which many have speculated will be the time Lucasfilm announces both the title of Episode IX and reveals the first glimpses of footage.
November 18 – A promo video for a ride called “Rise of the Resistance” in Disney’s new Galaxy’s Edge park shows that the Resistance fleet after The Last Jedi will compromise of a new Mon Calamari cruiser, more Starfortresses, and two Nebulon C Frigates (at the very least). Matt Martin of the Lucasfilm Story Group has said that all events in the park’s story are canon, and take place after The Last Jedi.
November 17 – According to Reddit user Garniel, he was showed recorded phone clips of Rey and Chewie being tossed into the air after an explosion (with a green screen in the background) and Finn and another male (possibly Poe) in an almost identical shot, without a green screen. Rey appeared to be in a similar costume to the one she wore in The Force Awakens and also had shots of her doing solo running, jumping, and swinging, with a lit blue lightsaber. He took interesting photos of the clean up of the Jordan set as well, which finished wrapping a few days ago, according to his contact.
November 15 – Oscar Isaac’s brother Mike rumored to have a cameo appearance in Episode IX
November 9 – ViewerAnon, who has made accurate claims before, claims that the word “Annihilation” will be used in the Episode IX title, although it is seen by many as a joke and not a serious leak
November 8 – Photos from The Star Wars Show show that the kyber crystal in Anakin Skywalker’s lightsaber broke in half during The Last Jedi, which could force Rey to construct a new lightsaber, or at the very least, find a new crystal
November 5 – Matt Smith supposedly playing a Young Palpatine in Episode IX according to an anonymous source
October 28 – John Boyega hints at possible wielding a lightsaber again according to his reply to a fan tweet that’s up for interpretation
October 24 – Leaked set photo from Episode IX is NOT a leak – revealed to actually be from behind the scenes of the Pirates of the Caribbean set
October 8 – Shots of a film set from Wadi Rum, Jordan, hints Rey’s possible return to Jakku
October 2 – New structure being built at Pinewood Studios that might be related to Episode IX
September 28 – A disgruntled Hux grows frustrated with Kylo Ren and feeds information to the Resistance to undermine him
September 24 – Supposed leaked storyboard design reveals that Rey meets her parents, or has a vision of them, on the new jungle planet
September 20 – Andy Serkis cancelled his appearance at Keystone Comic Con, which fueled speculation that it’s due to Episode IX filming. Many suspect that he’ll return as a flashback, although there are no solid details to confirm that, or if the cancellation is related to Star Wars at all.
September 11 – Giant rock structures are being transported to the Black Park filming location
September 9 – Possible leak from Reddit:
- So here’s the deal. My friend’s father is currently at Pinewood Studios working on, you guessed it, Episode IX, as a prop designer. Long story short my friends told me some stuff that his father told him about the film. If I were you, I would take these with half a grain of salt, because my friend jokes around quite a bit. But who knows?
- Firstly, IX will NOT be split into 2 parts. Apparently, the long filming schedule, which is being overly exaggerated by the press, is due to some actor’s busy schedules, and some more technically advanced scenes to film. Also the leaked date of filming wrapping includes their time shooting off studio apparently, on location.
- Some of the weaponry that has been designed for the film is very medieval, not Star Warsy at all. Supposedly this is due to the main storyline of the film, which is said to be very Seven Samurai-esque, having Poe and Finn travel to distant places, not that advanced, in the galaxy to recruit Resistance soldiers.
- On the other side of things, there has been some new weaponry, specifically multiple lightsabers that have popped up. This is going to be for the Knights of Ren, who are going to have a role in this film, serving as Kylo’s right-hand men, almost like the Black Order in IW. They have some lightsabers very reminiscent of the ones from Rebels, though these can very easily be for Rey or someone else.
- Finally, the rumors of having a Maz sail barge is true. They’ve designed some jewelry and drinkware that is going to be for it. Supposedly Lando is going to be introduced through this barge as well. No word on any Lando props though.
August 29 – Rumored casting call for a 27-35 year old actress described as “a younger Charlize Theron with street smarts and a sharp wit” and is open to any ethnicity to play supporting role in Episode IX
August 27 – Keri Russell is currently filming Episode IX in London and Greg Gunberg (AKA Snap Wexley of Black Squadron) mentioned at Fairfax Comic Con that he was heading to the UK to film things for Episode IX, (he has already hinted at his involvement when someone asked him about growing back his beard earlier this year) so this seems to put Keri Russell’s character most likely in the Resistance camp if they’re filming scenes together.
August 24 – 4LOM-LucasfilmSpy reports that the August 23rd photos are when Finn and Poe reunite with Chewbacca, who has been working with a paramilitary group led by Naomi Ackie’s character to build a resistance force. At their home base, she gives them information about how strong the First Order has become and how much control they have. The group then leaves to pick up Rose, who has made contact with Maz Kanata and Lando. They are held up in a pirates den that looks like something out of PotC but they all agreed that they don’t have the strength to take on the First Order alone. Finn, Poe, and Rose go off to try to enlist the help of the Hutt Cartel, and by the end of the first act, the Resistance has a “rag tag” army of droids, aliens, outcasts and criminals focused on wiping out the First Order (and Supreme Leader Ren!)
August 8 – Mark Hamill teases possibly returning to filming on Instagram