The Rise of Skywalker is the ninth movie in the Star Wars Skywalker saga, and the conclusion of the sequel trilogy.
2017’s The Last Jedi started within seconds of 2015’s The Force Awakens finishing, but that won’t be the case this time around.
So just how long after The Last Jedi does The Rise of Skywalker kick off?
The answer is provided in the traditional Vanity Fair info-drop released today.
The answer? One year.
Writer Lev Grossman reveals that Poe will “have to step up and become a leader”, and “some of that transformation will already have happened where The Rise of Skywalker picks up, which is about a year after the end of The Last Jedi”.
Writer director JJ Abrams returns to direct it, after previously helming The Force Awakens.
He told the publication: “This trilogy is about this young generation, this new generation, having to deal with all the debt that has come before.
“And it’s the sins of the father, and it’s the wisdom and the accomplishments of those who did great things, but it’s also those who committed atrocities, and the idea that this group is up against this unspeakable evil and are they prepared?
“Are they ready? What have they learned from before?
“It’s less about grandeur. It’s less about restoring an old age.
“It’s more about preserving a sense of freedom and not being one of the oppressed.”
Identities of new actors’ characters have been announced, too.
We finally know who Richard E Grant is playing: it’s Allegiant General Pryde, a First Order leader who will be seen alongside Domhnall Gleeson’s General Hux.
Keri Russell, meanwhile, is “masked scoundrel” Zorri Bliss, who will be seen on the planet of Kijimi.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is out on December 19 in the UK.