As evidenced by the trailer, various old faces will return for the ninth installment, including Billy Dee Williams, who will reprise his role as Lando Calrissian for the third time.
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The clip starts with Daisy Ridley's character Rey, breathing heavily and standing on a desert planet - possibly be Jakku - where Rey is from and where she first met Finn - or Tatooine, Luke Skywalker's home planet, which hasn't yet appeared in the trilogy. "No one's ever really gone", Luke says. Then the screen fades to black and we hear a hauntingly familiar cackle to confirm Emperor Palpatine's return.
Artwork for the game shows a lone character with lightsaber in-hand, suggesting this will be more melee-focused game, presumably giving us some cool force powers to play with.More news: Israeli PM Netanyahu's election rival concedes defeat
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"Star Wars" superfan Stephen Colbert moderated the panel, doing his best to get the tight-lipped cast and creators to reveal anything about the film. When asked what it was like playing the character again after so much time had passed, Williams remarked that it was easy.
Director J.J. Abrams, unsurprisingly, isn't revealing anything that might risk "breaching the agreement that we have to preserve the fun for fans", he says.
Respawn will no doubt be giving us more details about the game's story soon, especially since its launch is not far off. According to The Hollywood Reporter, director JJ Abrams utilized "unused footage they shot together" on "The Force Awakens" in 2015.
"She's so alive in the scenes", Abrams said.
Yesterday we were blessed with an official teaser trailer for the final entry in the Skywalker Saga. It's truly the end of an era.
Star Wars: Episode IX is scheduled for release on December 20. "Princess Leia lives in this film in a way that is kind of mind-blowing to me".