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  • Acting for Two:
    • Boolio, the Ovissian spy allied with the Resistance whom Finn met in the beginning, is voiced by Mark Hamill under pseudonym "Patrick Williams".
    • Billie Lourd, already playing Lt. Connix, also physically played Leia during the flashback to her training with Luke, with her late mother’s younger face digitally superimposed on her.
    • Besides reprising his role as Wicket W. Warrick, Warwick Davis also has an uncredited role as a background character named Wizzich Mozzler, a Cyclorrian who works in the Resistance as a technician.
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  • Acting in the Dark: Daisy Ridley claims that Abrams was flip-flopping over whether Rey should be made Palpatine's granddaughter or stick with the previous film's reveal of not being connected to anyone important, to the point that for most of filming, she had no idea which one would end up being in the film.
  • All-Star Cast: The cast is already star-studded with the actors who appear prominently in the film, but then there's all the voice cameos, especially from dead Jedi talking to Rey at the end, with their actors from all sorts of Star Wars media. Also Harrison Ford via One-Scene Wonder.
  • Billing Displacement: As with The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, top billing is given to original trilogy leads Carrie Fisher (Leia Organa) and Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), and sequel trilogy antagonist Adam Driver (Kylo Ren) is also credited before Daisy Ridley (Rey), the actual lead of the film and trilogy. The Rise of Skywalker, however, is the most blatant case of the three because the top-billed Fisher has only brief appearances through formerly unused footage and Hamill appears in just two scenes, with only one prominently featuring him. Fisher's top billing was presumably a tribute to her and recognition of how the film was supposed to focus on Leia, like how The Force Awakens focused on Han Solo (which gave top billing to Harrison Ford) and The Last Jedi focused on Luke (which gave top billing to Hamill), before her death dashed these plans.
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  • Blooper: As detailed here, during the shot in the trailer where Rey and Kylo are dueling on the wreckage of the Death Star, a close look at the latter's reflection reveals that his cape is in fact CGI. It was fixed in the final product.
  • The Character Died With Her: Carrie Fisher's death meant that the story had to be reworked to minimize Leia's role and ultimately work her death into it.
  • Christmas Rushed: There are reports that the production team lost three months of time to work on the film and ended up having to rush it through since Disney insisted on the December 20th release date. This was later given credence with editor Maryann Brandon saying the film's editing process was a rush job that affected the entire production.
  • Content Leak: Every major plot point was leaked on Reddit months before the film premiered, with many not believing them until the film released (partly because of a number of other "leaks" which contained false information that came out around the correct one). John Boyega also misplaced his shooting script in a hotel room and it was found by a maid and placed on eBay, but in this case it was recovered before any damage could be done.
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  • Creator Backlash: John Boyega and Oscar Isaac have made it adamantly clear on social media and in interviews that they dislike how Finn and Poe were handled in this movie. Boyega also got into a Twitter spat with Reylo shippers when he implied he felt the ship came out of nowhere (by juxtaposing the scene of their kiss to screenshots of their previous interactions- Rey cutting open Kylo's face, Kylo kidnapping and torturing Rey, etc.). Isaac later admitted that he had little real interest in reprising the role of Poe unless he desperately needed the money, while Boyega was exceptionally frank about how disappointed he was to see Finn's role reduced after The Force Awakens. Boyega also stated that some of his co-stars, including Daisy Ridley, were supportive of his criticisms.
  • Dawson Casting: According to the Visual Dictionary Zorii is in her mid-thirties while Keri Russell was in her early forties during filming.
  • Demand Overload:
    • After the announcement trailer went live, Twitter went down for a minute or two due to the overload of fan excitement.
    • The release of the first real trailer for the movie also caused several sites, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and even AT&T's own cell service, to crash for a few minutes from too many people trying to watch it.
  • Descended Creator: J. J. Abrams provided the voice of D-O.
  • Died During Production: Carrie Fisher's fatal heart attack in December 2016 before the release of The Last Jedi reportedly brought some major changes to the film. Leia's part in TLJ was not changed, even though there was a clear opportunity to kill off the character, reportedly because Rian Johnson wanted all of her final performance as Leia to be in the finished film. For The Rise of Skywalker, J. J. Abrams repurposed unused footage of Leia from The Force Awakens, and wrote Leia's scenes in the movie around what was available, with use of a Fake Shemp in some shots from the back.
  • Dyeing for Your Art:
    • The 81-year-old Billy Dee Williams went through a strenuous workout routine to get back into shape for the film. It was actually reports about it that first stirred excitement that Lando might be in the film, months before it was officially confirmed.
    • Naomi Ackie took seven months' worth of horse-riding lessons to prepare for her role as Jannah.
  • Enforced Method Acting: Joonas Suotamo really drew upon his own grief about Carrie Fisher's passing for the scene where Chewie breaks down in sorrow over Leia's death.
  • Gay Panic: We meet a never-before-mentioned female Old Flame of Poe Dameron, which rumour has it was only added because Oscar Isaac was so enthusiastic about fans shipping his character and John Boyega's Finn, and the idea that he could be playing Star Wars's first gay lead. The fact that he was clearly bitter about it in post-production interviews brought attention to it. Also there's a blink-and-you-miss-it shot of a female-female kiss during the victory celebration at the end of the film that is conveniently short enough to be cut from some overseas versions to keep the film from being Banned in China without affecting the story.
  • I Knew It!:
    • In 2012, a fan managed to guess this movie's title and that the Emperor would return, although they were speculating about the recently-announced Episode VII at the time. Read here.
    • That Rey would get to wield a double-bladed lightsaber like Darth Maul's. Although most speculations thought it would be a "light side" color (like blue), not that it would be a very Dark Side red. Though that's ultimately a vision. Those who thought that the first lightsaber she constructed of her own would be a color other than blue or green were also correct, (twice over if you count Dark Rey's double-sided saber), with yellow as one of the most popular choices.
    • Regarding Rey's family, congratulations if you were among those who weren't thrown off by J. J. Abrams' statement that she's not related to any previous character of the franchise and theorized she's a Palpatine by blood, more specifically Sheev/Sidious's granddaughter. For example, this guy guessed it correctly even before The Last Jedi premiered.
    • As far back as The Force Awakens, some fans had noted that the two ends of Rey's staff looked suspiciously similar to lightsaber emitters. Sure enough, the golden lightsaber she has on Tatooine is clearly made of those two pieces.
    • A lot of fans correctly guessed that General Hux would betray the First Order at some point out of his hatred and enmity for Kylo Ren.
    • Some fans - mainly Rey/Kylo shippers - correctly predicted that Rey and Kylo (or more specifically Ben Solo) would share a Big Damn Kiss in this film. Carrie Fisher herself predicted back in 2015 that Daisy Ridley would get to experience a "space kiss" at some point in the trilogy, though she didn't elaborate on who she thought it would be with.
  • Lying Creator:
    • J.J. Abrams stated that while making The Force Awakens, his intention was that Rey wasn't related to anyone important from the rest of the franchise. Comes Rise of Skywalker, and she's Darth Sidious/Sheev Palpatine's granddaughter.
    • At the 2019 Celebration and building up to the film’s release, Abrams claimed that Rose would receive a lot of screen-time, but she ended up suffering Demoted to Extra status in the film (amounting to less than two minutes of screentime).
  • Meaningful Release Date: The final trailer was released October 21, 2019, which would've been Carrie Fisher's 63rd birthday.
  • Not Screened for Critics: Like The Force Awakens, Rise of Skywalker had no test screenings, likely as a failed attempt to prevent any spoiler leaks.
  • No Stunt Double: Daisy Ridley did 95% of her own stunts in the film, with only the most risky stunts (such as the shot of Rey backflipping over Kylo Ren's TIE fighter) being reserved for her three stunt doubles. Adam Driver also insisted on doing his own stunts, as he was very protective of Kylo Ren's body language and didn't want a double changing the way he carried himself.
  • The Other Darrin:
    • Hassan Taj and Lee Towersey play R2-D2 instead of Jimmy Vee.
    • In the Japanese dub, Shin Aomori replaces Takashi Inagaki as the voice of Palpatine.
    • In the Latin American Spanish dub, Victor Covarrubias replaces Arturo Mercado as Lando. This is especially a relevant case, as another SW role played by Mercado in the previous film (Yoda) was voiced by a Brazilian Portuguese voice actor, and many fans already expected that Mercado could at least return as Lando.
    • In the Hungarian dub, Kanan Jarrus' single line is spoken by a different actor, as his regular dubbing actor from the series Star Wars Rebels, Csaba Zöld, is already the voice of Ben Solo/Kylo Ren in the film.
  • Posthumous Credit: As with The Last Jedi, Carrie Fisher still receives a credit as Princess Leia despite her death almost 3 years before the film's release.
  • Prop Recycling:
    • As seen here, one of the Knights of Ren is carrying a weapon first seen on Dryden Vos' ship in Solo.
    • Palpatine's Xyston-class Star Destroyers are very clearly the same Imperial-I-class digital model used in Rogue One (with the addition of a Wave-Motion Gun and some red stripes).
    • Almost the entire fleet that Lando gathers is reused CGI.
  • Promoted Fanboy:
    • As it turns out, Richard E. Grant (Allegiant General Pryde) is a huge fan of the franchise, having seen the original on opening day when he was 20.
    • Co-writer Chris Terrio is a lifelong fan and brought a lot of his expanded universe knowledge to the writers room.
  • Reality Subtext: The teaser has a voiceover of Luke saying that "We'll always be with you," and "No one is ever really gone," while Rey hugs Leia, referencing the passing of Carrie Fisher in 2016.
  • Real-Life Relative:
    • As with the previous two films, both Carrie Fisher (Leia) and her daughter Billie Lourd (Kaydel Ko Connix) appear in the film (though the footages of the real Carrie date back to The Force Awakens).
    • For the first time in the history of the Star Wars franchise, both Ewan McGregor (Obi-Wan Kenobi) and his uncle Denis Lawson (Wedge Antilles) appear in the same film, if only as a voice cameo for the former and a brief cameo for the latter.
    • Warwick Davis reprises the role of Wicket W. Warrick. The Ewok standing next to him is Wicket's son Pommet, played by Warwick's son Harrison.
    • Víctor Covarrubias, who voiced Lando in the Latin American Spanish dub, is the nephew of the late Jesús Barrero, who voiced Luke in all of his previous appearances until The Force Awakens.
  • Real Life Writes the Hairstyle: Rey/Daisy Ridley's hairstyle and outfit are similar to her original look in The Force Awakens due to her scenes with Leia/Carrie Fisher being mixed with archival/unused footage of her and Leia/Carrie from there.
  • Refitted for Sequel:
    • The revelation that Snoke was actually a Puppet King created and controlled by Palpatine may have been inspired by the early drafts of A New Hope, where the character of Cos Dashit (who ultimately evolved into Palpatine) served as a figurehead of the New Galactic Empire, which was in reality ruled by the Moffs.
    • Palpatine being the Final Boss of the ninth and final installment of the Skywalker Saga actually hearkens back to Lucas’s original plans for a Sequel Trilogy, in which he would’ve only debuted in the final installment of said trilogy. Lucas eventually decided to shelve his Sequel Trilogy and work on the Prequel Trilogy instead.
    • The aforementioned unused footage with Carrie Fisher from The Force Awakens being repurposed for this film to give Leia a sendoff, complete with some uses of a Fake Shemp here and there.
    • Some concepts for Rey's homeworld in The Force Awakens included an ocean world and/or a world riddled with debris from one of the Death Stars, which we see reused in this film. In addition, Rey can be seen holding what appears to be a breathing tank for diving, which was also a part of the scrapped ocean world concept.
    • A major element is the return of the Emperor. In addition, during the climax he actively takes part in the battle by using the Force to attack and nearly destroy the Resistance fleet and their allies. Both plot points were previously used in Dark Empire.
    • According to Abrams, making Rey a Palpatine was a very early idea during the writing of The Force Awakens.
      J.J. Abrams: "And though I completely understand 'you're nobody' is a devastating thing, to me the more painful, the more shocking thing was the idea that you're from the worst possible place."
    • The concept of two people inextricably bound through the Force, to the point that they are able to share each other's senses, strongly resembles a concept from the Legends backstory of General Grievous of all places, as well as the Jedi Exile in Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords regaining the ability to use the Force at all through her bond with Kreia.
  • Release Date Change: The film was moved from a Summer 2019 release to December 20, 2019 in order to accommodate the change of director. Box office pundits noted it made sense to do so, as the previous Disney-produced Star Wars films benefitted greatly from the Christmas season box office.
  • Role Reprise:
    • Ian McDiarmid reprises his role as Emperor Palpatine/Darth Sidious for the first time on-screen since Revenge of the Sith, which also follows his voice role in Star Wars Rebels.
    • Billy Dee Williams returns as Lando Calrissian after being absent from The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi. Similar to Palpatine, this marks his first big screen appearance as the character since Return of the Jedi. Prior to this, he has lent his voice to the character in some voice-over projects such as Star Wars Rebels.
    • The same happens in the Japanese dub with the same character, as Norio Wakamoto returns again as Lando.
    • In the Hungarian dub, Gábor Reviczky returns as Palpatine, having last voiced him in the 1997 Special Edition dubs of the Original Trilogy (Palpatine's voice actor from the Prequels, Hugó Gruber, died in 2012). Károly Gesztesi, who sadly passed away shortly after the film's release, also returned for a final time as Lando, who has previously been dubbed by random other actors in other media.
  • Shrug of God: Harrison Ford was asked if the Han Solo in this film is a Force Ghost. His response:
    I have no fucking idea what a Force Ghost is. And I don't care.
  • Star-Derailing Role: The controversy surrounding the film caused Daisy Ridley's acting career to temporarily hit a speed bump (the fact the COVID-19 Pandemic really started kicking off shortly after its release didn't help either).
  • Throw It In!: Chris Terrio claims that some of Kylo Ren's Harrison Ford-esque mannerisms such as giving Hux the pointed finger and his cocky shrug at the Knights of Ren were all improvised by Adam Driver.
  • Troubled Production: The film hit several snags during pre-production. Carrie Fisher, who reportedly had a much larger role as Leia than the prior two films, died in December 2016, requiring the script to be heavily rewritten.note  In September 2017, director Colin Trevorrow and writer Jack Thorne were fired only a few months before filming was set to begin. Rian Johnson was first asked to stay on after completing The Last Jedi, but turned down the offer. J. J. Abrams later signed on as director and the release date was pushed back from a Summer 2019 release to December 20, 2019.
  • Uncredited Role: Harrison Ford is uncredited for his cameo as Han.
  • Voice-Only Cameo: When Rey is knocked out in the final battle with Palpatine, she hears the voices of many Jedi before her at her time of need. They are Hayden Christensen as Anakin Skywalker, Olivia D Abo as Luminara Unduli, Ashley Eckstein as Ahsoka Tano, Aayla Secura (with her TV voice Jennifer Hale), Samuel L. Jackson as Mace Windu, both Alec Guinness and Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan, Frank Oz as Yoda, Adi Gallia, Freddie Prinze Jr. as Kanan Jarrus and Liam Neeson as Qui-Gon Jinn.
  • Wag the Director: At the film's premiere Daisy Ridley stated how grateful she was to Abrams for removing a certain development for Rey that she disagreed with, though she didn’t give any specifics.
  • What Could Have Been: See the franchise's page.
  • Why Fandom Can't Have Nice Things: In the wake of the movie's ending with Ben Solo's death, several Reylo shippers took to Twitter to campaign for Disney to retcon his death or otherwise resurrect him by getting hashtags such as #SaveBenSolo, #BringBackBenSolo and #BenSoloLives trending, primarily posting them as replies to posts from Star Wars' official Twitter account. Eventually, Star Wars account administrator Michelle Buchman informed them (from her personal account) that flooding the replies with those hashtags was being seen as spam and "negative engagement" and asked them to tone it down. But most of them didn't listen and a few of them started attacking Buchman on her personal account, which led her to take a break from her personal account. To this day, there is a Vicious Cycle in the Star Wars Twitter account: the Reylo shippers are aggressively demanding Reylo content/Ben's resurrection which is dissuading the Star Wars account from posting said content which makes the shippers more aggressive in their demands.
  • Word of God:
    • Abrams revealed that Finn is Force sensitive, which explains the multiple instances in the film where he has a "feeling" and how he was able to realize that Rey was still alive during the final battle on Exegol. Abrams also said that his would-be dying declaration to Rey in the sand pit would have been to tell her about it.
    • The film's visual dictionary reveals that the planet the film opens up on is Mustafar, where it seemingly fully recovered after the events of the virtual reality game, Vader Immortal.
  • Working Title: The initial working title of this movie was Star Wars: Black Diamond. In June 2018, the working title was changed to trIXie.
  • Writing by the Seat of Your Pants: As with previous films in the trilogy, many members of the production crew have admitted that very little of the story was planned out in advance of the film's production; Rian Johnson and J. J. Abrams both admitted prior to release that they did not actually have any specific ending in mind when writing the previous two films. Especially notable is that the original script didn't include Palpatine at all, and Abrams simply threw him in after being brought back. The death of Carrie Fisher also necessitated that many aspects of the film be suddenly rewritten. Daisy Ridley also revealed on a livestream in September 2020 that the subject of Rey's parentage was constantly in flux and went through numerous revisions. Even when the movie was being filmed, the idea of Rey being a Palpatine was something that even Abrams wasn't fully committed to at the beginning of production.


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