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Just in case you aren’t aware, I am a HUGE Star Wars fan. I’ve told my story on this blog and social media before, but it’s always nice to remind people. I have been in this fandom for a while, and, even through its ups and downs, I’m in it for the long haul. Let’s talk about all the amazing news we learned from Star Wars Celebration today!

What We Learned About Star Wars Episode IX from the Star Wars Celebration

What is Star Wars Celebration, exactly? Well, it’s very similar to a Comic Convention (ComicCon for short), but this one is exclusively Star Wars. From merchandise to movies to the new Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland and Walt Disney World, everything Star Wars related is happening at the celebration this weekend.

So what have we learned so far? Well, TONS! The highlight of today was the panel for Star Wars: Episode IX which featured a chat with cast and crew. Let’s look at what we learned about Star Wars Episode IX from the Star Wars Celebration today.

Star Wars Celebration brought us a teaser and a title! Here's what we learned about Episode IX. #starwars #theriseofskywalker #episodeix #lucasfilm

Star Wars: Episode IX New Characters!

First, we met some brand new characters today! Naomi Ackie, known for her portrayal of Anna in the 2016 version of “Lady Macbeth,” is playing a new character named Jannah. She appears to be on the side of the resistance, but only time will tell.

We also met a new droid! Described as a “friend of BB-8”, D-O will be making his debut in the new film. He even appeared on stage at the celebration! He looks kind of like a wheel with a triangle-shaped droid head. If that even makes any sense!

Romance Rumors for Episode IX?

Unfortunately for all the Reylo fans out there (myself included), JJ Abrams and Daisy Ridley both skirted the question of a further relationship between Kylo Ren/Ben Solo and Rey. So, as it’s still unconfirmed, we can keep our hopes up! We can’t, however, continue hope of seeing a shirtless Kylo Ren again. No more shirtless Kylo was confirmed today by Daisy Ridley herself.

Additionally, John Boyega confirmed that Finn is “single and ready to mingle” thus dashing hope of a Finn/Rose romance taking precedence in Episode IX. I can understand that. They are still in the middle of a war, and their feelings will have to wait.

When is Episode IX Taking Place?

JJ Abrams confirmed today that “some time has passed” between Episode VIII and Episode IX. However, all of our favorite characters are still together including Rey, Finn, Poe, BB-8, and Chewie.

Daisy Ridley also shared with us that “Luke’s lightsaber lives” which is SO exciting! Did Rey fix it? Did someone else? Not that it really matters, but that is awesome news!

Star Wars Episode IX Trailer and Title Reveal

Finally, finally, everyone exited the stage and it was time to see the trailer. Check out my reaction to it below!

WHOA. Whoa. That was just over two minutes of amazingness! Rey flipped over the Tie Silencer! Who is doing the voiceover? Luke? Obi-Wan? AND OMG LANDO! I am so happy. But wait! Is that Emperor Palpatine’s laugh at the end? WOW, y’all. Just wow. So much to unpack, including the title reveal of “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.”

With so many great things already shared, I can’t imagine this won’t be an EPIC conclusion to the Skywalker Saga. I am eagerly anticipating December! How about you?

All Photos Courtesy Lucasfilm/Disney Films Media