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In one months time, the Star Wars circus will start again. First up, is the first live-action Star Wars TV show since The Holiday Special, Disney+ flagship’s The Mandalorian.

Hot on the heels of that will be the so-called final chapter in the nine movie Skywalker saga, The Rise Of Skywalker, featuring a dead Skywalker character in Luke, a dead Skywalker actress in Carrie Fisher and the answer to the question:

”Died?  On a plane?  Oh fuck, now what do we do?”

Ahead of those, the ever reliable Empire magazine has some new photos and magazine covers for the film.  It appears that Kylo Ren’s helmet and Rey’s lightsaber have both made remarkable recoveries from The Last Jedi, which is more than can be said for both the audience, and Episode IX’s chances of smashing box office records for the franchise.

In the article contained in the magazine writer Chris Terrio says that the new film will continue to explore the Kylo/Rey relationship.

“…there’s a nakedness about him with Rey that he doesn’t express to anyone else. Rian developed that in fascinating ways and we’ve been able to develop it even further.”

The never seen before “Force FaceTime” ability seemed to pop up whenever the The Last Jedi was trapped in a narrative corner and needed exposition but couldn’t create a convincing way for the characters to appear on screen together.  Let’s hope it’s fixed this time around.

To Fix What Was Once Broken

Speaking of fixing things, Abrams meanwhile wanted to make it clear that he’s not planning on really retconning anything Rian Johnson did with The Last Jedi:

“I never found myself trying to repair anything. If I had done VIII, I would have done things differently, just as Rian [Johnson] would have done things differently if he had done VII. But having worked on television series, I was accustomed to creating stories and characters that then were run by other people.

If you’re willing to walk away from the thing that you created and you believe it’s in trustworthy hands, you have to accept that some of the decisions being made are not gonna be the same that you would make. And if you come back into it, you have to honor what’s been done.”

Among the goodies, from IGN, is a shot of The Mandalorian himself, sitting in his ship which is apparently called The Razor Crest.

Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker arrives in theaters on December 20th.

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