New ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’ footage de­buts at D23

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Lu­cas­film Pres­i­dent Kath­leen Kennedy says that “Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Sky­walker” is go­ing to be an in­cred­i­bly good time.

Nearly 7,000 peo­ple got a look Satur­day at a new poster and some new footage from the film at the Walt Dis­ney Co.’s bian­nual D23 fan con­ven­tion in Ana­heim.

The film which opens in the­aters na­tion­wide Dec. 20 closes out the over 40-year-old Sky­walker saga. Kennedy was joined on the con­ven­tion stage by writer-di­rec­tor J.J. Abrams and stars in­clud­ing Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Os­car Isaac, Billy Dee Williams and An­thony Daniels.

R2-D2 evoked the most ap­plause from the ex­cited au­di­ence.

Abrams said that the late Car­rie Fisher is also part of “Episode IX” thanks to un­used footage from “Episode VII.”

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