Like all of the other films in the franchise, secrecy is at maximum levels surrounding the upcoming Star Wars: Episode IX (hell, even the title is being kept hush-hush). We know absolutely nothing officially about the plot, and basically all of the information that's been released simply involves the people actually making the film. J.J. Abrams is back at the helm, with a script that he wrote along with Oscar-winner Chris Terrio, and in front of the camera will be a fantastic ensemble of actors, including both familiar faces from the series, and new ones.
There are more than fifteen big names already confirmed to star in Star Wars: Episode IX, and we've built this feature to help you keep track of all of them. So read on, and keep up to date with all the latest news about the exciting new film.
In the run-up to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it was hinted that Finn was the Force-sensitive new hero of the legendary saga -- but that role instead went to Rey. The first film saw her leave her home, the junk planet Jakku, in order to pursue a more important path with the Resistance -- and it led her to become the begrudged student of Luke Skywalker. The end of Star Wars: The Last Jedi showed her possessing much more command over the Force, learning her parents were nobodies, and starting an intense rivalry with Kylo Ren, so there is plenty of juicy stuff to explore in the next chapter.
While he is still very much an angst-y teenager and Darth Vader fanboy at heart, Kylo Ren has become a super powerful and insanely dangerous presence in the galaxy. In the last couple movies we've seen him not only kill his father, but also try to kill his mother -- and he also murdered Supreme Leader Snoke so that he could become the leader of the First Order. He still very much hopes that he can eliminate the Jedi, but that may be a bit tricky considering the little Force trick that the slave kid on Canto Bight pulls at the end of The Last Jedi.
Between Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Finn has already had a pretty impressive arc. He started as a Stormtrooper trying to escape the First Order, and then pretended to be a member of the Resistance just so that he could find safe harbor. And while he didn't really have any loyalty to the Resistance at the start of the second movie -- instead just hoping to reunite with Rey -- he actually tried to sacrifice himself at the end so that the fight could continue. At the start of Episode IX we fully expect him ready with every fiber of his being to try and take down the evil rulers of the galaxy once and for all.
While Poe Dameron has proven himself to be one hell of an ace pilot, the dude also clearly has some issues with authority that he needs to work out. At first the guy came across as a hot shot who plays by his own rules, but the consequences of that attitude and behavior became very real in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. It was basically because of him that the Resistance was nearly totally annihilated, and it will be fascinating to see how he winds up rebounding from those events in Star Wars: Episode IX.