STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER Images Reveal Epic Lightsaber Battle, [SPOILER]'s Return, Knights Of Ren

STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER Images Reveal Epic Lightsaber Battle, <font color=red>[SPOILER]</font>'s Return, Knights Of Ren

A whole new gallery of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker images have been released, and they put the spotlight on new characters, planets, and some big reveals including what appears to be a huge return!

Earlier today, Vanity Fair unveiled two amazing Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker covers by photographer Annie Leibovitz. She's been responsible for pulling back the curtain on the final three chapters of this Saga since The Force Awakens was released back in 2015, and this batch of images from J.J. Abrams' highly anticipated finale do not disappoint.

As well as providing official looks at characters like Zorri Bliss (Keri Russell) and Allegiant General Pryde (Richard E. Grant), we also get to see the Knights of Ren, an epic lightsaber battle, and what appears to be a very unexpected return. 

When the first teaser trailer was unveiled during Star Wars Celebration, Lucasfilm shared some trailer screengrabs alongside some behind-the-scenes photos, but they definitely don't compare to what we see here and if you weren't already excited for The Rise of Skywalker, you will be after seeing these.

So, to see the entire gallery of images, all you have to do is hit the "View List" button below!

Keri Russell as the masked scoundrel Zorri Bliss.

As expected, this is indeed Keri Russell's character and we now know that her name is Zorri Bliss. She looks awesome, and could be a breakout character along the lines of Boba Fett. Apparently, she's pictured here in the Thieves' Quarter of a snow-dusted planet known as Kijimi. 
J.J. Abrams alongside Stunt Coordinator Eunice Huthart and the Knights of Ren.

Director J.J. Abrams can be seen here alongside Stunt Coordinator Eunice Huthart and, yes, those armored figures are indeed the Knights of Ren. First teased in The Force Awakens, they were nowhere to be seen in The Last Jedi but will clearly have a key role to play here. It's worth noting that they're all wielding very normal (and ancient) looking weapons rather than lightsabers. 
Daisy Ridley on set in Jordan as the character as Rey.

No, this isn't Jaaku. It's actually a planet called Pasaana, and we'll have more details on it for you a little later today. These scenes were shot on location in Jordan, so that would explain why the cast (and director J.J. Abrams, in particular) are looking so warm here as Daisy Ridley films scenes as Rey.
General Hux Allegiant General Pryde on the bridge of Kylo Rens destroyer.

No, that's not General Hux's father (his story has already been covered in various tie-in novels). Instead, Richard E. Grant will be playing Allegiant General Pryde and he's pictured here on the bridge of Kylo Ren's Star Destroyer. What role he will play in the proceedings remains to be seen. 
Joonas Suotamo Ridley Anthony Daniels and John Boyega on set in Jordan.

The franchise's three new leads were split up in The Last Jedi, but they're clearly going to be brought together again for this final film, which should make fans happy. While Rian Johnson's movie was well-received by critics, the trio of stories all taking place at the same time were criticised for making it feel a tad disjointed. 
Members of the crew shade and shine Daniels on set in Jordan.

Anthony Daniels is the only actor to have have appeared in all nine chapters of the Skywalker Saga, and he can be seen here once again forced to deal with the blistering heat while decked out in Threepio's iconic costume. To his left is BB-8, the fan-favourite droid introduced in The Force Awakens
Finn and new ally Jannah  atop hardy orbaks.

Finn is pictured here alongside his new ally Jannah (Naomi Ackie), a character many fans are convinced is the daughter of Lando Calrissian. They're sitting atop Orbaks and in the magazine's cover story, and the actress is quoted as saying, "It’s extremely surreal to be in it and see how it works from the inside." These creatures definitely looks like potential scene-stealers.
Kylo Ren  and Rey battle it out with lightsabers.

How cool is this? There's been some speculation that Rey and Kylo Ren will be working together in The Rise of Skywalker, but that's clearly not the case here as they engage in an epic lightsaber battle. It's said that their Force connection will continue to be addressed in this final chapter. 
Spotlighting the heroics of Chewbacca BB8 and Rey.

No, those very Earthly looking wheels haven't suddenly found their way into a Galaxy Far, Far Away. As these are behind the scenes images, certain effects have not been added, so it will be very interesting to see how the finished product looks when this movie hits the big screen in December. 
Billy Dee Williams as Lando Calrissian and Oscar Isaac Poe Dameron with Chewbacca DO and BB8.

Lando Calrissian finally has his ship back and looks set to once again pilot the ironic Falcon during the course of this adventure now that his old friend Han is sadly no longer with us. His dynamic with Poe Dameron promises to be a lot of fun, though, and it was essential that he be brought back for this film. 
Jordanian locals play the AkiAki during the photoshoot.

Jordanian locals reportedly play the Aki-Aki, natives of the planet Pasaana. We don't know how significant their role will be, but even if they're just background extras to make this new planet feel more lived in, it's fair to say Lucasfilm has succeeded in finding a very cool and unique look for them. 
Composer John Williams conducting the Star Wars score.

We know that J.J. Abrams and Lucasfilm have used footage from The Force Awakens to bring Carrie Fisher back for this movie, and while that more than likely means Leia's role in this finale will be a fairly small one, it hopefully also ensures that we'll get to say a proper goodbye to the character. 
Behind the scenes photo of Star Wars in 2019.

Another shot of Rey in action. Look closely to the left and you'll notice that Chewbacca appears to be holding on to BB-8! What's particularly awesome about this is the fact that Abrams is clearly planning to once again utilize plenty of practical effects. 
Mark Hamill as Luke with R2D2.

No, your eyes are not deceiving you. That is indeed Luke Skywalker standing alongside R2-D2, but what does this mean? Is it another flashback to the past or will he be made to look like a Force Ghost down the line? Whatever the answer may be, one possibility is that he's back among the living...
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