New Star Wars Photos Tease Return of These Mysterious Villains

The final film of the Skywalker saga, The Rise of Skywalker, is set for release this December. Based on recently released on-set photos, J.J. Abrams’ finale shouldn’t disappoint.

The photo set was revealed by Vanity Fair photographer Annie Leibovitz, and most notably show the on-screen arrival of the Knights of Ren, a mysterious group of baddies first teased in 2015’s The Force Awakens.

2017’s The Last Jedi didn’t show or mention the group at all, but from the photos, it looks like they’ll play a big part in The Rise of Skywalker.

More Long-Awaited Returns

Another photo generating much buzz was one showing the return of fan favorite Lando Calrissian, portrayed by original trilogy actor Billy Dee Williams. The gallery also gave us our first look at Felicity actress Keri Russell’s character Zorri Bliss, who looks to be a female Boba Fett-type.

Other pictures showed the return of Anthony Daniels as C-3PO, a new female ally for Finn, and another epic lightsaber battle between Rey and Kylo Ren.

Word has it that Carrie Fisher will also return as General Organa, thanks to some unused footage from The Force Awakens. With her daughters blessing, Fisher will be incorporated into the film alongside her original trilogy co-stars Williams and Mark Hamill. They’ve also made it so she can interact with her Lourd’s character, Lieutenant Connix.

What Else We Can Expect

In addition to new and returning characters, several other things have been revealed about the upcoming film.

Apparently, Rey and Kylo Ren’s connection may run deeper than has been revealed before. What, exactly, that means is still here to be seen.

Rey, of course, will have progressed in her Jedi training since the last film. Actress Daisy Ridley explained to Vanity Fair that she’s now “confident, calm, less fearful…”

Poe has become a Resistance leader, and Finn is now a fully active member as well. Finn also gets to ride some really cool looking horse-like creatures alongside newcomer Jannah, played by Naomi Ackie.

The film, which picks up approximately a year after The Last Jedi ends, is set for release in the United States on December 20th, 2019.