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There's not to wait until you can watch Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker from the comfort of your own sofa.
The J.J. Abrams-directed flick follows the surviving Resistance as they face the First Order once more, in the final chapter of the Skywalker saga.
Cast members Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Mark Hamill, Oscar Isaac, and Domhnall Gleeson all return for the film, which is being described as the ‘riveting conclusion’ to the epic 9-film spectacle.
From the home entertainment release date and the trailer, to the full cast list and the storyline, we reveal everything we know about the latest Star Wars film so far…
How to watch Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker in the UK
Following its release in cinemas at the end of 2019, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is available on home entertainment release from Monday, April 13.
BT TV customers can buy Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker from the BT TV Film Store from this date.
It will be available to rent, and on DVD, from Monday, April 20.
The final trailer: Get a glimpse of the film right here!
From Daisy Ridley to Adam Driver - cast in a nutshell
Daisy Ridley (Murder on the Orient Express) returns as Rey, alongside John Boyega (Detroit) as Finn. Adam Driver (Girls) is back as Kylo Ren, as well as Domhnall Gleeson (Ex Machina) as General Hux.
Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis) is back in the fold as Poe Dameron, plus Kelly Marie Tran (Sorry for Your Loss) also returns as Rose. Anthony Daniels is also back as droid C-3PO - having spent four decades in the iconic gold suit.
Mark Hamill (Knightfall) is officially returning as Luke Skywalker. Carrie Fisher, who died in late 2016, will appear in the film as Leia Organa, through the use of unreleased footage from the two most recent Star Wars movies.
The film’s newcomers Naomi Ackie (The End of the F***ing World) and Richard E Grant (Withnail & I) star as Jannah and First Order leader Allegiant General Pryde respectively.
Storyline info - What happens in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker?
The official description for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker from Disney is as follows:
“The surviving Resistance faces the First Order once more as Rey, Finn and Poe Dameron's journey continues. With the power and knowledge of generations behind them, the final battle commences.”
Disney have also called the film the 'riveting conclusion of the seminal Skywalker saga, where new legends will be born and the final battle for freedom is yet to come'.
This means that The Rise of Skywalker draws the nine-film saga - that started back in 1977 when George Lucas created the iconic sci-fi series - to a close.
A lot has got to happen in the film, so it's no surprise that it has the longest run time of any Star Wars movie ever. GamesRadar.com reports that the film is 155 minutes long (that's 2 hours, 35 minutes).
Filming locations revealed: From Pinewood to the Middle East
The film was largely shot at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire, England, but filming also took place in Wadi Rum, Jordan.
Star Wars sequels: Have any more films been confirmed?
Well it’s good news for fans of the Star Wars theme tune as three more sequels have indeed been confirmed. Disney announced in May 2019 that there will be more Star Wars films coming in 2022, 2024, and 2026.
According to Polygon.com, the next Star Wars film will hit cinemas on December 16, 2022 - after the conclusion of the epic, nine-episode Skywalker saga. Whether that will be the start of a new trilogy, a series of stand-alone Saga-style films, or something else altogether, is unconfirmed.
Of the future of the Star Wars films, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy previously told EW: “We’re going to take a hiatus for a couple of years. And we’re taking the time to really look at where this is going from the standpoint of a saga.”
She continued: “We’re not just looking at what the next three movies might be, or talking about this in terms of a trilogy. We’re looking at: ‘What is the next decade of storytelling?’”
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is available on home entertainment release from Monday, April 13.