The Star Wars saga has always featured bleeding computer animation technology but its ninth installment, The Rise of Skywalker, will be the heaviest in CGI. Rumor has it that instead of featuring a CGI version of the late actress Carrie Fisher, who died of a heart attack in 2016, the movie will feature many flashbacks. These flashbacks will be incredibly CGI heavy and many of the characters will be de-aged to reflect the timelines. In fact, the opening scene of the movie could be flashbacks.
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Making Star Wars claimed that the Rise of Skywalker would feature the Skywalker twins:
“After the opening crawl, we pan from space. The camera moves towards a planet covered in trees. We see a blue lightsaber dueling a green lightsaber in the distance. Both of the lightsabers are held in hand by two Jedi with white helmets with visors covering their faces so we cannot immediately recognize if this is Rey with someone new. The two Jedi break from their duel and remove their helmets to reveal Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa looking exactly the age they did in Return of the Jedi on Endor’s moon. The movie begins with a flashback.”
Apart from the heavy de-aging, the 9th Star Wars movie will also feature incredibly detailed CGI of fan favorites! Maz Kanata will be back in The Rise of Skywalker and based on the trailer, the CGI is off the charts. The character, voiced by Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years A Slave), is likely to join the Resistance in the final battle against the First Order. The movie could also reveal how Maz was able to obtain the Skywalker family lightsaber.
The character was brought to life by motion capture technology. In the new movie, we will see just how far CGI and special effects have come just four years after The Force Awakens. Photos circulating online also show the level of care and attention to detail that Industrial Light and Magic put into the characters.
It’s hard to say what role Maz will play on the upcoming installment but one thing is for sure, she’s looking good for her old age! And just to keep the excitement going, here’s the trailer of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker:
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will hit theaters on December 20, 2019.