"Star Wars: Episode IX" may return audiences to Rey's homeworld of Jakku. "Star Wars: Episode IX" may return audiences to Rey's homeworld of Jakku. Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker in the latest 'Star Wars' episode. (Photo: Disney)

Everything you need to know about 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker'

Watch the trailer, find out about the cast and get a scoop on the next chapter in the franchise.

Warning! This post contains potential spoilers for "Star Wars: Episode IX." Proceed at your own risk!

Here's the quick background

Carrie Fisher The Force Awakens How will the final movie in the 'Star Wars' trilogy address the passing of actress Carrie Fisher? (Photo: The Force Awakens)

This is the ninth and final chapter from the original "Star Wars" saga. It marks the end of the Skywalker story which began back in 1977. That first film featured Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker and Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia. Both actors will appear in "The Rise of Skywalker." Although Fisher passed away in 2016, the fan-favorite has appeared in the last two films courtesy of old footage and computer generated imagery. "It's heartbreaking that she's not here," said director J.J. Abrams. "Had she been with us still, we would've done more with her than we did. But we had the opportunity to use footage and allow her to be a part of this."

Here's the full trailer

It features a new cast member

'Episode IX' director JJ Abrams and actress Keri Russell during a Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony in 2017.'Episode IX' director JJ Abrams and actress Keri Russell during a Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony in 2017. (Photo: Shutterstock)

American actress Keri Russell ("The Americans," "Mission: Impossible") will be joining the franchise for the first time. This marks a reunion for Russell and Abrams, who first worked together on the college drama "Felicity" two decades ago. As Russell explained to Entertainment Tonight: "I think he had this extra part and he was thinking about it and he called me and said, 'You know what, do you want to do this?' And I said, 'Uh, yeah! Yeah. Definitely want to do it.'"

It's not really the end

Rian Johnson and Ram Bergman have been tasked with crafting a brand new 'Star Wars' trilogy. Rian Johnson and Ram Bergman have been tasked with crafting a brand new 'Star Wars' trilogy. (Photo: Getty Images / From the Grapevine)

Of course, when Disney acquired the "Star Wars" franchise for more than $4 billion back in 2012, it had no intention of ending the saga completely. "The Rise of Skywalker" simply marks the end of one chapter and the beginning of another. The studio has already tapped director Rian Johnson and his partner, prolific Israeli producer Ram Bergman, to work on an entirely new trilogy. “We all loved working with Rian on 'The Last Jedi,'" said Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm. “He’s a creative force, and watching him craft 'The Last Jedi' from start to finish was one of the great joys of my career. Rian will do amazing things with the blank canvas of this new trilogy.”

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Everything you need to know about 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker'
Watch the trailer, find out about the cast and get a scoop on the next chapter in the franchise.