It’s official: New Rise of Skywalker trailer coming Monday

The “final” trailer for The Rise of Skywalker is coming on the next Monday Night Football, Lucasfilm has announced via Twitter. We also get a brief shot of Rey, Chewbacca, Finn and Poe in the Millennium Falcon:

Hoping for a non-square version of this shot before the actual trailer…

In the meantime, Lucasfilm PR’s Chris Argyropoulos comes through with the details. The trailer will drop at halftime, and tickets will go on sale immediately after the launch:

And the UK folks come through with a full screen version of the video clip:

And here’s another version, although it uses footage we’ve already seen:

The Rise of Skywalker showtimes are starting to appear

The Rise of Skywalker (D23 sizzle)

You can’t actually buy tickets yet, but some The Rise of Skywalker showings are appearing on Fandango. Interestingly, I’m seeing 6:00pm as the first showings on December 19, when in the past the so-called “midnight” screenings started at 7:00pm, so consider that in your planning.


There’s a tiny bit of Star Wars in the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly, and in addition to the new Zorii Bliss photo, we also have Daisy Ridley on “this whole Reylo thing,” and J.J. Abrams with the stuff he always says.


They’re attempting to win China over to Star Wars again, this time with… Books? A popular Chinese internet novelist will write a new story, and 40 existing novels will be translated and available for free on the digital reading platform of the country’s biggest publisher, Tencent. This is, as io9 points out, some real interesting timing.


Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy has been named an honorary Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for her contributions in bringing film projects to the U.K. All the Star Wars films under her tenure have been primarily filmed in the country.

Everything Star Wars that will launch on Disney+

ROTJ: Luke, Vader, Palpatine

Disney+ began the morning with a giant thread of the movies and shows that will be on the service when it launches next month, but we don’t need to scroll through all that: StarWars.com has the Star Wars lineup, and a roundup of the things that’ll appear later.

Most of the Star Wars stuff you’ve already seen will be there on November 12 – plus at least one episode of The Mandalorian – but The Last Jedi, Solo and even The Rise of Skywalker will be coming within the “first year.” The new episodes of The Clone Wars will be coming in February (have we heard before that it’ll be 12 episodes?), but all the old episodes will be there, plus the complete run of Rebels and the first season of Resistance.

New shows on the service are expected to release episodes on a weekly basis.

The Last Jedi and Solo are currently on Netflix, under Disney’s old agreement with the veteran streaming service.

Sunday watch: Freddie Prinze Jr.’s Star Wars rant

Less than three and a half minutes, and worth the time.

(Yes, there is swearing, but as always, allow me the illusion that we’re all adults here.)

Prinze, of course, voiced Kanan Jarrus on Rebels.

Le Creuset has a Star Wars cookware line and it is adorable

I have to admit I’ve found this year’s Force Friday offerings a little lackluster. Now granted, as longtime readers know, I’m no collector – but I do love me some unusual products, and we haven’t really seen any for The Rise of Skywalker – until today. And that is, the Star Wars x Le Creuset Collection.

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Prep for the return of the Resistance cartoon

When it was announced that Star Wars Resistance would end after only two seasons, fans were taken a bit bu surprise – but according to the higher ups, that was always the plan.

“We were using the movies as a guideline,” executive producer Brandon Auman explained. “We felt that Season 1 is like, you know, it all takes place on a planet then Season 2, it now takes place in space. And now it’s going to lead, boom, right into the last movie.”

Makes sense – it’s easy to forget that Resistance is only Lucasfilm Animation’s third show – and the first to deal primarily with movies that are still in production.

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Rise of Skywalker: Babu Frick, BRANDS, and two questions from Chris Terrio

StarWars.com has formally introduced Babu Frik , the alien we saw briefly during the Force Friday preview livestream. The “tiny Anzellan droidsmith” works “among the Spice Runners of Kijimi and can reprogram or modify virtually any droid — regardless of the security measures protecting its systems.”

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