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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Comes Home To Disney+ On May The 4th

The final chapter of the Skywalker saga, “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” will begin streaming two months early on Disney+ in honor of “May the 4th,” affectionately known by fans around the world as “Star Wars Day.” For the first time ever, fans will be able to stream the complete Skywalker saga all in one place. What began in 1977 with George Lucas’ groundbreaking film “Star Wars: A New Hope,” the nine-part saga is available within Disney+’s extensive collection of Star Wars movies and series including “The Mandalorian,” “Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” and “Rogue One: AStar Wars Story.”

Lucasfilm and director J.J. Abrams joined forces once again to deliver “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” the thrilling climactic chapter in the Skywalker saga, bringing the heroic struggle to restore peace and freedom to the galaxy to an epic, resounding conclusion.   

The film stars Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Anthony Daniels, Naomi Ackie, Domhnall Gleeson, Richard E. Grant, Lupita Nyong’o, Keri Russell, Joonas Suotamo, Kelly Marie Tran, with Ian McDiarmid and Billy Dee Williams   

“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” is directed by J.J. Abrams and produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Abrams and Michelle Rejwan. Callum Greene, Tommy Gormley and Jason McGatlin serve as executive producers. The screenplay was written by Chris Terrio & J.J. Abrams and the story is by Derek Connolly & Colin Trevorrow and J.J. Abrams & Chris Terrio, based on characters created by George Lucas.  

“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” joins Disney+’s May the 4th line-up including the premiere of the eight-episode documentary series “Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian,” and the series finale of the award-winning animated series “Star Wars: The Clone Wars.”

In addition to new content offerings, Disney+ will also honor the artistry of Star Wars with a week-long concept art takeover on the service. Like a commemorative gallery, each film and series’ artwork will be updated on May 4th to feature its original concept paintings. From “Star Wars: A New Hope” to “The Mandalorian,” the updated art will feature work from celebrated artists such as the legendary Ralph McQuarrie and Academy Award-winning artist, author, and production designer, Doug Chiang. On the Disney+ home screen, the animated “Star Wars” brand tile, viewable on web and connected TV devices, gets upgraded with a new animation that honors the signature hyperspace jump.

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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Comic To Include Deleted Scenes From Film

The Skywalker Saga continues, even though the ninth and last installment to that trio of movie trilogies already hit theaters in December.

The comic book adaptation of director J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will include both extended and deleted scenes not shown in the film, Lucasfilm revealed in an interview with the five-issue miniseries writer, Jody Houser, for StarWars.com.

“I think one of the great things about adaptations in other mediums is you do get the chance to build out elements of the story there may not have been time or a place for on the screen,” Houser said. “Giving light to new scenes gives the creators in these other mediums a chance to add to the story, rather than just translating it for the page.”

She later remarked, “I think I’m more excited about some of the new things we’re adding, including expanding moments from the movie with elements we didn’t get to see on screen. Which is vague, but spoilers!”

The film closed out the Skywalker Saga with Daisy Ridley’s Rey on a mission to reach the Sith home world of Exegol, where Emperor Palpatine/Darth Sidious had been quietly amassing new forces to extinguish the Resistance. The Rise of Skywalker received a lot of heat from viewers, fans, and critics. The feedback included critiques about how the producers retconned Rey’s parentage after director Rian Johnson portrayed her as “no one,” meaning no one connected to a legacy Star Wars character.

Among the many scenes taken out of the film, screenwriter Chris Terrio said he wrote scenes involving Kelly Marie Tran’s Rose Tico, who ended up with a reduced role in the theatrical release. Much of the mythology and characters from the movie were expanded upon in supplemental materials, including the official Art of book, which included a lot more information about the Knights of Ren, the Sith cult, and Exegol. The film’s official novelization also delved deeper into Kylo Ren’s (Adam Driver) opening raid on Mustafar, and the Rise of Kylo Ren comics tracked how Ben Solo took over the Knights of Ren and assumed the mantle of Kylo Ren.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the comic, features art by Will Sliney and cover designs by Phil Noto.

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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Arrives On Digital March 17 & Blu-ray On March 31

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Lucasfilm and director J.J. Abrams’ riveting, inspiring conclusion of the seminal Skywalker saga, electrified audiences around the globe, earning more than a billion dollars worldwide. Soon fans can complete their collections when Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker arrives digitally in HD and 4K Ultra HD and via Movies Anywhere on March 17, two weeks before it lands physically in 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD on March 31.

Bonus material includes a feature-length, making-of documentary, which goes behind the scenes with the cast and filmmakers from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and explores the legacy of the Skywalker saga. Bonus features also dig into the film’s Pasaana desert scenes, including the thrilling landspeeder chase, and the ship in which Rey discovers family secrets as well as a new little droid named D-O. Plus, fans will hear from Warwick Davis, who reprises his role as Wicket the Ewok, as well as the creature effects team that created a record 584 creatures and droids for the film. Digital consumers will receive an exclusive feature highlighting legendary composer John Williams, who has scored every episode in the Skywalker saga.

The ninth and final episode in the Skywalker saga welcomed the return of original characters Luke Skywalker, General Leia Organa, Chewbacca, C-3PO, R2-D2, Emperor Palpatine and Lando Calrissian, along with the latest generation of heroes and villains, including Rey, Finn, Poe, BB-8, Maz, Rose, General Hux and Kylo Ren. Newcomers include Jannah, a new ally of the Resistance; Allegiant General Pryde of the First Order; and smuggler Zorii Bliss.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is packaged several ways to ensure fans get the most out of their at-home viewing experience. The Multiscreen Edition includes Blu-ray and a Digital copy, giving viewers the flexibility to watch the film on different devices. Those with 4K Ultra HD capability may opt for a 4K UHD Ultimate Collector’s Edition, including 4K UHD, Blu-ray and a Digital copy. 4K Ultra HD provides four times the resolution of HD paired with fully immersive picture and sound and Dolby Atmos audio, allowing viewers at home to practically feel the Force.

On March 31, coinciding with the physical release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, eight Star Wars films are being released on 4K UHD for the first time: Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars: Attack of the Clones, Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, Star Wars: A New Hope, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

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Star Tours At Disney Parks Begins Service To New Destinations Inspired By Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

As fans head to theaters for the epic conclusion to the Star Wars Skywalker saga, guests at Disney Parks around the world will be boarding Starspeeders and heading to exciting destinations inspired by Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

Over the years, C-3PO and R2-D2 have taken Star Tours passengers to some pretty amazing destinations and the adventure on the surface of the ocean moon Kef Bir is one of the wildest we’ve ever created with our partners at Industrial Light & Magic!

The updated adventures will include an urgent transmission from none other than Lando Calrissian to join in the battle to end all battles!

With the new Rise of Skywalker updates, Star Tours now offers you more than 100 storytelling combinations.

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McDonald’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Happy Meal Toys

McDonald’s is inviting families to celebrate Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker with an out-of-this-world Happy Meal experience. Each Happy Meal will include 1 of 16 exclusive, stylized Star Wars collectible characters. Plus, there’s an exciting surprise with each toy: when opened and lit up, each one reveals one of four Star Wars hologram images with a unique connection to that character. 

The characters are:

1. Kylo Ren
2. Sith Trooper
3. Rey
4. BB-8 and D-O
5. Zorii Bliss
6. R2-D2 and BB-8
7. Finn
8. Poe Dameron
9. Chewbacca
10. Princess Leia
11. Han Solo
12. C-3PO
13. Luke Skywalker
14. Imperial Stormtrooper
15. Darth Vader
16. Yoda

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Coca Cola Launches World’s First Lighted Star Wars Bottles In Singapore

Coca-Cola Singapore has unveiled their latest collaboration with Star Wars and its upcoming third film, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

Select Coca-Cola bottle labels are embedded with a thin strip of flexible OLED that lights up Rey and Kylo Ren’s lightsabers when pressed. The Star Wars bottles are exclusive to Singapore, and will be in a limited run for the next three (3) weekends through a promo called “Galactic Hunt.” Interested people in Singapore can chase for these bottles by going through key locations in the city to find “gatekeepers” who will hand passes that will allow the fans to purchase the limited edition bottles in selected 7-11 stores. There will only be 8,000 bottles up for grabs during the three-weekend period.

Galactic Hunt, and the special Star Wars bottles are part of the ongoing “Full Force No Sugar Campaign”, ahead of the release of The Rise of Skywalker, the final film in the Star Wars Skywalker saga. Interested fans chasing the bottles can find out more via The Galactic Hunt official website.

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J.J. Abrams And The Secrets of ‘Skywalker’

Director J.J. Abrams is trying to talk about his new Star Wars movie, but the process of making it keeps intruding. He’s in his office on the second floor of his Bad Robot production company’s Willy Wonka-worthy headquarters in Santa Monica, and his assistant keeps opening the door to pass him notes, as Abrams’ iPhone buzzes with increasingly urgent-seeming texts from the film’s visual-effects supervisor. He’s fresh from a stage over at Sony Studios, where John Williams was conducting an orchestra through the score for December 20th’s Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker. Just last week, Abrams was doing reshoots right here at Bad Robot, in a green-screen room that allows him maximum movie-tweaking flexibility. It’s mid-October, and the film is 71 days away from release.

Episode IX was supposed to be written and directed by Colin Trevorrow of Jurassic World fame, until Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy reportedly rejected his screenplay, though Lucasfilm calls it a mutual parting of ways. That opened the door for Abrams, who directed 2015’s The Force Awakens, to jump back in with co-screenwriter Chris Terrio and start from scratch — hence the current crunch.

 

“It’s probably a lot easier than being a schoolteacher,” Abrams says. “But it has very particular challenges. Especially when you’re directing, and you’ve got people in the scene that aren’t human. When you have, in some cases, a scene with someone no longer living.” Among the trials of Episode IX, in addition to forging a satisfying conclusion to one of the most loved stories of the modern world, was dealing with the tragic and sudden 2016 death of Carrie Fisher. Unlike Luke Skywalker and Han Solo, the character of Leia is still alive in the saga, a dilemma Abrams resolved via unused Force Awakens footage.

Abrams just struck a massive production deal with Disney rival WarnerMedia, which could get his hands on Superman, Batman, and the rest of the DC Comics pantheon — there are a notable number of Superman toys among the whimsical decorations downstairs. “We haven’t had those discussions yet,” Abrams says, not quite convincingly.

Read the Rolling Stone Interview HERE.

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Watch The New Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Special Look

Take a look back at Star Wars’ impact on pop culture over four decades of storytelling in this new Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker special look that on The American Music Awards. 

Lucasfilm and director J.J. Abrams join forces once again to take viewers on an epic journey to a galaxy far, far away with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the riveting conclusion of the seminal Skywalker saga, where new legends will be born and the final battle for freedom is yet to come.

The film stars Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Anthony Daniels, Naomi Ackie, Domhnall Gleeson, Richard E. Grant, Lupita Nyong’o, Keri Russell, Joonas Suotamo, Kelly Marie Tran, with Ian McDiarmid and Billy Dee Williams

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker opens on December 20.

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Check Out The Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Character Posters

Character posters for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker debuted today.

Lucasfilm and director J.J. Abrams join forces once again to take viewers on an epic journey to a galaxy far, far away with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the riveting conclusion of the seminal Skywalker saga, where new legends will be born and the final battle for freedom is yet to come. The film stars Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Anthony Daniels, Naomi Ackie, Domhnall Gleeson, Richard E. Grant, Lupita Nyong’o, Keri Russell, Joonas Suotamo, Kelly Marie Tran, with Ian McDiarmid and Billy Dee Williams

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker opens on December 20.   

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Entertainment Weekly Reveals 3 Covers For Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Issue

Read about The Rise of Skywalker and other untold stories from the Star Wars universe, in the new issue of Entertainment Weekly at Barnes & Noble on Friday. Pick your choice of 3 covers featuring stars of the prequels, original trilogy, or current saga. 

The issue will be on newsstands starting Nov. 28. Read HERE.

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