Top secret plot for the most eagerly awaited film of 2019!

Rumour and conjecture surround the US release (on December 20th) of the new episode directed by J.J. Abrams. But Ridley admits: “A certain question is answered…”

As we all know, the ninth chapter of the Star Wars saga will be called Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and it will be the third and last film in the “sequel trilogy” composed of Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) and Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017).

Steve Butcher, On The Road, Orewa, New Zealand
Steve Butcher, On The Road, Orewa, New Zealand

The movie will hit the screens in the US on 20th December next and marks the conclusion of a long process which began in October 2012 with the acquisition by Disney of Lucas film and all rights to the Star Wars franchise.

But this will not be the end of the line for the saga (at most, it will the last we hear of the Skywalkers), seeing as how Disney have already spoken – off the record – about a new trilogy in the works.

Stefan Muller, Black Rainbow Tattoo Theatre, Zwickau, Germany
Stefan Muller, Black Rainbow Tattoo Theatre, Zwickau, Germany

A trilogy that has no links with the storyline of the first nine episodes (the first of which, Stars Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope dates back to 1977), and, rumour has it, they will even go so far as to bring out a television series based on the successful saga.

But precious little is known about this forthcoming ninth episode, apart from the first images released in the trailer (see below), the name of the director (J.J. Abrams, who took the helm in 2017 when Colin Trevorrow resigned “due to creative disagreements with Disney”) and the fact that the cast will feature the return of most of that of the previous two films.

Which means that we will be seeing Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Billy Dee Williams (who will return as Lando Calrissian from 1983’s Return of the Jedi) and Ian McDiarmid (who will be back as Emperor Palpatine).

Shooting began in August 2018 at Pinewood Studios near London and wound up on 15th February of this year in the desert valleys of Jordan.

The plot of Star Wars: the Rise of Skywalker, naturally enough, will remain top secret until the premiere in a number of countries, including Italy, on 18th December next. Two days before the movie coms out in the United States.

Michael Taguet, Private Studio, Saint Chamond, France
Michael Taguet, Private Studio, Saint Chamond, France

Millions of fans are eager to know whether J.J. Abrams (who had already directed episode seven in 2015, Star Wars: the Force Awakens) will manage to remedy the far too many distortions they feel were brought to the story by such an atypical director as Rian Johnson in the 152 minutes of the previous episode Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

They felt that Johnson’s vision was too extreme, “anarchic”, and it left many fans bitter. Not to mention furious.

And yet Abrams, like the great professional he is, has preferred to pour oil on troubled waters: “I’m not going to be backtracking on anything done by Rian Johnsony”, he told Empire magazine.

Aaron Springs, Red Dagger Tattoo, Webster, USA
Aaron Springs, Red Dagger Tattoo, Webster, USA

“Having worked in the world of TV series, I’m well used to taking on stories and characters that others have worked on before me. If you decide to leave something you have created and leave it in trusted hands, then you also have to accept that some of the decisions that will be taken are not going to be ones you would have taken yourself. And if you go back to work on it again, well, you have a duty to respect what has been done.”

Another riddle regarding Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker concerns the true identity of the parents of the protagonist Ray (played by Daisy Ridley) after they were described in the eighth episode as two alcoholics who sold their daughter for something to drink before they died in a ditch. A screenwriting choice which comes across as hardly plausible.

Now some fans suspect that Ray could actually be a clone (of all things!) while others prefer the theory that she is the daughter of Obi Wan Kenobi. So who is right here? For the moment, Ridley has only told USA Today: “J.J. Abrams did say that the question is answered. So at the end of the film, you do know what the dealio is.”

So we will actually find out what the truth of the matter really is before next Christmas comes around. Meanwhile, you can enjoy this fantastic gallery of the very best in Star Wars tattoos!