Yesterday at the D23 Expo, Walt Disney Pictures showcased a number of its big upcoming releases, including of course the closing chapter of the Skywalker Saga, December’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
Although we have to wait until Monday for the official release of the D23 behind-the-scenes sizzle reel, Lucasfilm did drop a new poster for the film teasing the return of Emperor Palpatine, while a display on the convention floor also featured our first real look at one of the new First Order Stormtrooper classes, the Jet Trooper.
The First Order Jet Trooper is described as follows: “Specialized Stormtroopers of the First Order, Jet Troopers soar into battle equipped with agile rocket packs.” They are one of two new Stormtroopers we’ll meet in The Rise of Skywalker, the other being the Sith Trooper.
— The SWU @ #D23Expo (@TheSWU) August 23, 2019
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is set for release on December 19th 2019 in the UK and December 20th 2019 in North America with J.J. Abrams (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) directing a cast that includes Star Wars veterans Daisy Ridley (Rey), Adam Driver (Kylo Ren), John Boyega (Finn), Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron), Lupita Nyong’o (Maz Kanata), Domhnall Gleeson (General Hux), Kelly Marie Tran (Rose Tico), Joonas Suotamo (Chewbacca), Billie Lourd (Lieutenant Connix), Greg Grunberg (Snap Wexley), Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian) and Carrie Fisher (Leia Organa) as well as new additions Naomi Ackie (Lady Macbeth), Richard E. Grant (Logan), Dominic Monaghan (Lost), and Keri Russell (The Americans).