New 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' Photos Give First Look at New Characters
Vanity Fair

Among the fresh faces are Keri Russell's 'masked scoundrel' Zorri Bliss, Richard E. Grant's villainous character Allegiant General Pryde, and Naomi Ackie's Jannah who is described as Finn's new ally.

AceShowbiz - After the first trailer which was released last month, Walt Disney Pictures has given new sneak peaks of "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" in the form of photos. Making their way out via Vanity Fair, these newly-debuted pictures feature several new characters.

One image highlights Keri Russell's "masked scoundrel" Zorri Bliss, who is clad in a burgundy armor. Her face is not seen under her helmet, but the photo's description reveals she is walking in the Thieves' Quarter of the snow-dusted world Kijimi.

Another new addition to the cast is Richard E. Grant, who is playing Allegiant General Pryde, one of the new First Order villains. Clad in an all-black ensemble, he is seen posing with Domhnall Gleeson's General Hux aboard Kylo Ren's (Adam Driver) destroyer starship.

Another image features John Boyega's Finn and his new ally Jannah, played by Naomi Ackie. Both of them are pictured riding atop creatures called hardy orbarks as they "lead the charge against the mechanized forces of the First Order."

Also to be introduced in the upcoming movie are Aki-Aki, who are described as nomadic looking alien inhabitants of the planet Pasaana, shielded from the sun by their wrapped layers of linen. They are caught in the crossfire of whatever has drawn the Resistance and the First Order to clash on their world.

Another picture confirms the return of Mark Hamill's Luke Skywalker, who stands before a burning landscape with droid R2-D2 by his side. There's also a look at what is possibly Kylo Ren and Rey's (Daisy Ridley) final duel. Both are wielding lightsabers in a stormy weather.

The movie also brings back Billy Dee Williams' Lando Calrissian, who is featured in the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon with Oscar Isaac's Poe Dameron, Joonas Suotamo's Chewbacca, and the droids BB-8 and newcomer D/O.

After it's confirmed that the movie would use unused footage of Carrie Fisher as General Leia, director J.J. Abrams reveals how the character will be incorporated into the film and the character's interaction with Lieutenant Connix, who is portrayed by Fisher's daughter Billie Lourd. "There are moments where they're talking; there are moments where they're touching," he dishes. "There are moments in this movie where Carrie is there, and I really do feel there is an element of the uncanny, spiritual, you know, classic Carrie, that it would have happened this way, because somehow it worked. And I never thought it would."

Meanwhile, Driver talks about the change of dynamic between Rey and Kylo, after she attempted to bring him to the light in "Star Wars: The Last Jedi". "If you were the product of those two people, two very strong personalities who seemed to be almost more committed to a cause than anything else, what's that like?" the actor says of Kyle being the son of Leia and Han Solo. "How do you form friendships out of that? How do you understand the weight of that? And if there's no one around you guiding you, or articulating things the right way ... it can easily go awry."

He adds, "I think there's a part of Rey that's like, dude, you f**king had it all, you had it all, that was always a big question during filming: you had it all and you let it go."

The third and final film in the "Star Wars" sequel trilogy, "The Rise of Skywalker" is scheduled to hit theaters across the nation on December 20.

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