Earlier today, ahead of the reveal of THAT trailer, a panel took place for Star Wars: Episode IX.


Sorry, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

The panel is just one of the highlights of this weekend’s Star Wars Celebration. If you missed out on watching the panel earlier today, you can check it out below in full, or you can simply read the highlights after the jump.

OK, here are the highlights:

  • Lucasfilm President, Kathleen Kennedy on the Star Wars legacy: “We’ve immersed ourselves in everything George (Lucas) created – talked about it endlessly and we’re so excited, because I think what you’re gonna end up seeing you’re going to be so happy with. We are incredibly excited to show it to you.”
  • J.J. Abrams discussing making a Star Wars movie without Carrie Fisher: “Every day it hits me that she’s not here, but it’s so surreal because we’re working with her still. If that makes sense? She’s in scenes. She’s so alive in scenes and the craziest part is how not crazy it feels.”
  • According to C-3PO actor, Anthony Daniels, “Alexa and Siri terrify me.”
  • When asked how he found it, slipping back into the role of Lando Calrissian, actor Billy Dee Williams said: “Lando never left me.”
  • Naomi Ackie is playing a new character in Episode IX. Ackie will take on the role of Jannah… who may or may not be Lando’s daughter.
  • The core cast will be going on an adventure together.
  • Captain Phasma is 100% dead. According to Finn actor, John Boyega the character is gone.
  • A new “fun” character call Klad will be introduced in the forthcoming movie. Klad is a friend to the Resistance and he knows Chewie.
  • BB-8 is getting a new droid friend in The Rise of Skywalker. The droid is called D-0.
  • And yes, actor Ian McDiarmid will make his return in this final chapter in the Skywalker Saga. Hurrah!

And finally, one thing that wasn’t discussed in the panel, but IS important for EVERY Star Wars fan to know, is what does the future hold for the Saga post Episode IX? Well, following the release of The Rise of Skywalker… the Saga will go on hiatus.

Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger, said: “We have not announced any specific plans for movies thereafter.” Speaking in a Bloomberg Television interview he added: “There are movies in development, but we have not announced them.”

According to Iger, the films will pause BUT this isn’t the end. He said: “There will be other Stars Wars movies, but there will be a bit of a hiatus.”