The Rise of Skywalker was in full force earlier today during The Walt Disney Studios panel at D23 Expo 2019 out in California. From Kathleen Kennedy to J.J. Abrams to a host of cast members, the panel was something attendees won’t soon forget. A striking new poster for Episode IX was revealed along with BTS sizzle footage that is expected to be made widely available sometime on Monday.
StarWars.com provides us with a recap of the D23 Expo panel in which they focus on five highlights from the exciting atmosphere in Anaheim.
Rey with a double-bladed red lightsaber. The sound of Darth Vader’s labored breathing. An epic duel between Rey and Kylo Ren on what appears to be a piece of debris on a roiling sea. And, turning toward the skies, Star Destroyers and X-wings are far as the eye can see.
These glimpses were just part of the exclusive preview footage from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker that left the crowd at the Walt Disney Studios panel at D23 Expo gasping Saturday morning.
The reel capped off an emotional reunion of many members of the cast — Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels, Keri Russell, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, and Naomi Ackie — from The Rise of Skywalker, who took the stage with Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and J.J. Abrams, director of both Star Wars: The Force Awakens and the next and final film in the Skywalker saga opening December 20.
Here are 5 highlights from Lucasfilm’s segment at the star-studded Walt Disney Studios panel.