The cast of “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” weighed in on what to expect from the ninth and final installment of the Skywalker saga at Disney’s D23 expo. They also weighed in on a special sizzle reel shown at the fan convention that teased protagonist Rey’s potential turn to the dark side. Rey, played by Daisy Ridley, is seen in a Sith-like robe and carrying a double-ended red-light lightsaber.
Anthony Daniels, the only actor to appear in all nine films, reprises his role as loyal droid C-3PO. John Boyega, Oscar Isaac and Kelly Marie Tran also return, as does Billy Dee Williams as Lando Calrissian, a role he first took on in 1980 in “The Empire Strikes Back.” Newcomers to the franchise include Keri Russell and Naomi Ackie.
Carrie Fisher also makes a final appearance as General Leia Organa, a role that writer/director J.J. Abrams said deserved a proper send-off (Fisher died in 2016). Abrams pieced together previously unused footage of Fisher from 2015’s “The Force Awakens” for her appearance in “The Rise of Skywalker.”
“Still working on it now, in the editing room,” Abrams told Variety of Fisher’s final “Star Wars” appearance. “Weirdly, I find it harder to believe now that she’s gone because she’s just so present and alive in the film.”