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Synopsis: The surviving members of the resistance face the First Order once again, and the legendary conflict between the Jedi and the Sith reaches its peak bringing the Skywalker saga to its end.

Reaction: A fine but not great capstone to a somewhat uneven trilogy. It ends the story about as well as could be expected, and there are some exciting scenes. A few overly convenient elements, though.

Personal Rating: 7/10

J.J. Abrams => Director / Writer / D-O (voice)
Chris Terrio => Writer / Colonel Aftab Ackbar (voice)
John Williams => Composer / Oma Tres
Adam Driver => Kylo Ren
Alec Guinness => Obi Wan Kenobi (archive sound) (voice)
Andy Serkis => Snoke (voice)
Anthony Daniels => C-3PO
Billie Lourd => Lieutenant Connix
Billy Dee Williams => Lando Calrissian
Cailey Fleming => Young Rey
Carolyn Hennesy => Demine Lithe
Carrie Fisher => Leia Organa (archive footage)
Daisy Ridley => Rey
Debra Wilson => Nambi Ghima (voice)
Denis Lawson => Wedge Antilles
Domhnall Gleeson => General Hux
Dominic Monaghan => Beaumont
Ed Sheeran => Stormtrooper (uncredited)
Ewan McGregor => Obi-Wan Kenobi (voice)
Frank Oz => Yoda (voice)
Freddie Prinze Jr. => Kanan Jarrus (voice)
Greg Grunberg => Snap Wexley
Harrison Ford => Han Solo (uncredited)
Hayden Christensen => Anakin Skywalker (voice)
Ian McDiarmid => Emperor Palpatine
Indra Ové => First Order Officer
James Earl Jones => Darth Vader (voice)
Jeff Garlin => Junn Gobint (uncredited)
Jennifer Hale => Aayla Secura (voice)
John Boyega => Finn
Joonas Suotamo => Chewbacca
Kelly Marie Tran => Rose Tico
Keri Russell => Zorii Bliss
Kevin Smith => Inhabitant of Kijimi (uncredited)
Kiran Shah => Nambi Ghima
Liam Neeson => Qui-Gon Jinn (voice)
Lin-Manuel Miranda => Soldier (uncredited)
Lupita Nyong'o => Maz Kanata
Lynn Robertson Bruce => D-O
Mark Hamill => Boolio (as Patrick Williams) (voice) / Luke Skywalker
Matthew Wood => Cai Threnalli (voice)
Mike Quinn => Nien Nunb
Naomi Ackie => Jannah
Nigel Godrich => FN-2802
Olivia d'Abo => Luminara Unduli (voice)
Oscar Isaac => Poe Dameron
Paul Kasey => Cai Threnalli
Richard Bremmer => First Order Officer
Richard E. Grant => General Pryde
Samuel L. Jackson => Mace Windu (voice)
Shirley Henderson => Babu Frik (voice)
Warwick Davis => Wicket W. Warrick

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • With a gap of 36 years, the return of characters Lando Calrissian and Wedge Antilles marks the longest time for any original actors to reprise their role.
  • The Babu Frik puppet was only nine inches tall but was packed full of movements and features that took seven puppeteers to bring to life.
  • [Firefly] Easter egg: in the scene where ships from across the Galaxy come to help the Rebellion, Serenity is very visible, center of the screen, obstructed slightly by the ship the camera is following.
  • When George Lucas originally laid out plans for 12 episodes, then reduced it to nine, he said that C-3PO and R2-D2 would be the only characters to appear in all nine. This proves to be true: Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi, the only other characters to appear in every movie of the original and prequel trilogies, did not appear in the sequel trilogy. Anthony Daniels is the only actor to appear in all nine episodes.
  • In November 25, 2019, it was reported that a script for this film was leaked on the Internet. An actor (later revealed to be John Boyega by his own admission) had reportedly kept the script under the bed after changing apartments. After somebody was cleaning the place and found the script, the person attempted to sell it on eBay. Director J.J. Abrams confirmed that Disney and Lucasfilm bought the script back.
  • Unused footage of Carrie Fisher shot for Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) was incorporated by digitally removing the background and superimposing it elsewhere. Visual effects were used to change her wardrobe and add gray to her hair so the footage would match her appearance in Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (2017).
  • During the massive crowd celebration scene in Pasaana, C-3PO says that this event happens once every 42 years. This is the time between the releases of Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) and Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker (2019).
  • Adam Driver does all of his own stunts.
  • Producers had a bigger role planned for Leia. Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy said that Carrie Fisher "grabbed me and said, 'I'd better be at the forefront of IX!' Because Harrison was front and center on VII, and Mark is front and center on VIII. She thought IX would be her movie. And it would have been." After her death, [?] Todd Fisher and Billie Lourd granted Disney and Lucasfilm permission to use Carrie's likeness in the form of unused footage.
  • Actor Mark Hamill plays the voice of Boolio. [?] Patrick Williams, who received the voice credit, is one of Hamill's professional pseudonyms.
  • John Williams stated that this would be the final ["Star Wars"] film for which he would compose music.
  • In the transition from Kylo Ren to Ben Solo, the transition to the light side is shown to be complete when the large facial scar left from his lightsaber battle on the Starkiller Base fully disappears. In all later scenes with Rey and Han Solo, his face is scar free.
  • Rey becomes the first movie Jedi to have a yellow lightsaber. Once she returns to Tatooine to bury Luke and Leia's sabers, she activates her own, which seems to be made from her staff and has a yellow blade.
  • Among the Jedi voices Rey hears during the "all Jedi" scene are: Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen), Luminara Unduli (Olivia d'Abo), Ahsoka Tano ([?] Ashley Eckstein), Aayla Secura (Jennifer Hale), Mace Windu (Samuel L. Jackson), younger Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor), older Obi-Wan Kenobi (Alec Guinness via digitally altered archive audio), Yoda (Frank Oz), Adi Gallia ([?] Angelique Perrin), Kanan Jarrus (Freddie Prinze Jr.), Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson), and Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill).
  • Dominic Monaghan received his role in the film as the result of a bet with director and friend J.J. Abrams. While Abrams was working on the script, he and Monaghan made a friendly wager on a World Cup game, the prize being a part in the upcoming ["Star Wars"] film. Monaghan won the bet, and Abrams wrote the part of Beaumont Kin just for him.
  • Billie Lourd wears the very same outfit that her mother (Carrie Fisher) wore in Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) and the hair style was done to match as well. To many fans this costume is known as "Endor Leia".