The Rise of Skywalker Returning Cast & New Character Guide

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Summary

  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker brings back familiar faces from the past 40 years, pleasing nostalgic fans and hitting the nostalgia spot.
  • The main characters, Rey (Daisy Ridley), Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), Finn (John Boyega), and Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac), continue their journeys and face their own personal challenges.
  • The cast includes iconic actors like Carrie Fisher as General Leia Organa, as well as unexpected cameos and celebrity appearances that add to the excitement of the final installment.


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Here’s the full cast and character guide for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Billed as the end of the Skywalker saga – although not as the end of Rey’s story – Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker brought the forces of light and dark into head-on collision. Directed by J.J. Abrams, it brought back an array of familiar faces from the past 40 years, in addition to the younger new cast members.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker didn’t receive the strongest response from either viewers or critics, but the casting certainly hit the nostalgia spot. Meanwhile, there were several other unexpected cameos, notably with surprising names voicing droids and alien species. Of course, there’s also a number of unannounced, fan-pleasing cameos that hark back to Star Wars‘ history. Here are the names and faces that are in the midst of the galactic action.

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Main Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker Characters

Carrie Fisher as General Leia Organa

Leia hugs Rey in Star Wars

Other Star Wars appearances

Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Given top billing after her passing in 2016, Carrie Fisher will always be known as the iconic Princess Leia from the original Star Wars trilogy, although she later achieved wide acclaim for her novels and autobiographies. Leading the Resistance since Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Leia is the only surviving member of the original trilogy’s core trio and continues to propel the Resistance forward. She is training Rey in the ways of the Force when The Rise of Skywalker begins.

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Daisy Ridley as Rey

Other Star Wars appearances

Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Actor’s appearances after Rise of Skywalker

Chaos Walking, Zoetrope, The Bubble, Sometimes I Think About Dying, The Inventor, The Marsh King’s Daughter

The protagonist of the Star Wars sequel trilogy remains in training, now under the tutelage of Leia after Luke Skywalker’s death in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Determined to bring down the First Order, Rey soon learns that her family history is even darker than she suspected. Daisy Ridley was a relative unknown before heading to the galaxy far, far away, but has since featured in Peter Rabbit and Ophelia, and will return as Rey in an upcoming New Jedi Order movie.

Adam Driver as Kylo Ren / Ben Solo

Other Star Wars appearances

Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Actor’s appearances after Rise of Skywalker

Annette, The Last Duel, House of Gucci, White Noise, Squarespace: The Singularity, 65, Ferrari

The son of Han Solo and Princess Leia, Kylo was christened as Ben Solo, but adopted his current moniker after turning to the dark side while training under Luke Skywalker. After killing Supreme Leader Snoke in The Last Jedi, Kylo Ren has taken full control of the First Order, but despite a burning hatred for the Resistance, he still harbors hope of turning Rey to his cause. Driver was best known for his role in Girls prior to joining Star Wars, but has since starred in Marriage Story and BlacKkKlansman.

John Boyega as Finn

John Boyega as Finn in Star Wars Rise of Skywalker

Other Star Wars appearances

Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Actor’s appearances after Rise of Skywalker

Small Axe, Tomorrow’s Monsters, Naked Singularity, 892, The Woman King, They Cloned Tyrone

Rising to fame in cult British movie favorite Attack The Block, Boyega has also been seen in Pacific Rim Uprising, though Star Wars‘ Finn remains his most famous role. A former Stormtrooper who abandoned the First Order and fell in with the Resistance, Finn has struggled to overcome his fears and hides a secret that hopefully sets him up for a bright Star Wars future..

Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron

Poe and Zorii in The Rise of Skywalker

Other Star Wars appearances

Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Actor’s appearances after Rise of Skywalker

The Letter Room, Legend of Destruction, The Card Counter, Dune, Scenes From A Marriage, The Addams Family 2, Big Gold Brick, Moon Knight, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse

The Resistance’s crack (or, indeed, spice) pilot and Leia’s successor as leader, Poe is known for his reckless abandon and heroic deeds, though his pre-Resistance life is somewhat vague. Poe’s best friend is the lovable droid known as BB-8, but he quickly develops a firm bond with Finn. Isaac is arguably the most recognizable of the modern trilogy’s cast, having appeared in Ex Machina, X-Men: Apocalypse and Inside Llewyn Davis.

Ian McDiarmid as Emperor Palpatine

Other Star Wars appearances

The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones, Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith

Actor’s appearances after Rise of Skywalker

Obi-Wan Kenobii, Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi, Star Wars: The Bad Batch

Making his triumphant return as The Rise of Skywalker‘s main villain, McDiarmid has portrayed the evil Emperor through both the original and prequel Star Wars trilogies, though has primarily been a stage thespian. Palpatine was thought killed by Darth Vader at the end of Return of the Jedi.

Supporting Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker Characters

Anthony Daniels as C-3PO

C-3PO has his memory wiped in order to read ancient Sith language in Star Wars Rise Of Skywalker Cover

Other Star Wars appearances

Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones, Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Actor’s appearances after Rise of Skywalker

The LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special, LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, Obi-Wan Kenobi, LEGO Star Wars Summer Vacation, Ahsoka

Another actor known primarily for his on-stage performances, Daniels has portrayed the neurotic protocol droid of Star Wars since the very beginning of the franchise. C-3PO remains an important, if somewhat unwilling, ally of the Resistance. He proves surprisingly important to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, a fitting coda for his story.

Billy Dee Williams as Lando Calrissian

Lando Calrissian in Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker

Other Star Wars appearances

The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi

Actor’s appearances after Rise of Skywalker

The LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special, Scooby Doo & Guess Who?, LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, Dhar Mann, LEGO Star Wars Summer Vacation, And Just Like That

Another classic character making his first appearance since Return of the Jedi, Lando is an old friend of Han’s who once presided over Cloud City, but is later convinced to lend a hand to the Rebellion. Calrissian is played by Billy Dee Williams, who was also the Harvey Dent of Tim Burton’s Batman. His character’s life between the trilogies is explored in Adam Christopher’s Shadow of the Sith.

Joonas Suotama as Chewbacca

Chewbacca in The Rise of Skywalker.

Other Star Wars appearances by Chewbacca

Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Solo: A Star Wars Story

Actor’s appearances after Rise of Skywalker

Willow

The beloved Wookiee was originally played by the late Peter Mayhew. Joonas Suotama has worn the hairy brown suit since 2017, and will soon play another Wookiee in The Acolyte. Despite losing his best friend Han Solo, Chewie remains a stalwart ally of the Resistance and accompanies the new group on their adventures in the Millennium Falcon.

Jimmy Vee as R2-D2

R2-D2 in Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker

Other Star Wars appearances by R2-D2

Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones, Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Actor’s appearances after Rise of Skywalker

Rocketman, Artemis Fowl, Bite, The Witcher: Blood Origin

Similarly to Chewbacca, the ever-chirpy R2-D2 is traditionally associated with the late Kenny Baker. Since Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Artoo has been played by Jimmy Vee, who has racked up an impressive array of alien credits on Doctor Who. Artoo proves key to helping C2-PO survive his latest ordeals.

Richard E. Grant as Allegiant General Pryde

Star Wars Allegiant General Pryde

Actor’s appearances after Rise of Skywalker

Dispatches from Elsewhere, Earwig and the Witch, Sackboy: A Big Adventure, The Spine of Night, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard, Loki, The Jungle Book: The Mowgli Stories, Robin Robin, The Outlaws, Suspect, Persuasion, Tuca & Bertie, Spark Hunter, Moley, The Lesson, Saltburn

A newcomer to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Allegiant General Pryde is a key player in the First Order. He’s a leftover from the glory days of the Empire, and swiftly proves to have no loyalty at all to Kylo Ren. Star Richard E. Grant will forever be known as the Withnail of classic British comedy, Withnail & I.

Naomi Ackie as Jannah

Naomi Ackie as Jannah in Star Wars Rise of Skywalker

Actor’s appearances after Rise of Skywalker

Small Axe, Master of None, The Score, LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, Cupid, I Wanna Dance With Somebody

Also debuting in The Rise of Skywalker, Ackie might be familiar to fans of The End of the F**king World. Her Star Wars character, Jannah, is encountered on Kef Bir leading a group of former Stormtrooper mutineers. She strikes up a friendship with Finn and joins along with the Resistance.

Domhnall Gleeson as General Hux

General Hux in Force Awakens

Other Star Wars appearances

Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Actor’s appearances after Rise of Skywalker

Run, Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway, Frank of Ireland, The Patient, White House Plumbers, Worry World, Alice & Jack

A ruthless First Order leader, General Hux was a follower of Snoke, but is now forced to execute the commands of Kylo Ren. It doesn’t take him long for his true motives to be revealed. The British actor Domhnall Gleeson memorably played Bill Weasley in the Harry Potter movies, and has since appeared in Goodbye Christopher Robin and Ex Machina.

Kelly Marie Tran as Rose Tico

Rose on a Resistance base in The Rise of Skywalker

Other Star Wars appearances

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Actor’s appearances after Rise of Skywalker

Monsterland, The LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special, The Croods: A New Age, Dear Diary: World’s First Pranks, Raya and the Last Dragon, Passenger List, LEGO Star Wars Summer Vacation, The Croods: Family Tree, The Young Wife, Once Upon A Studio, Me, Myself & The Void

Introduced in The Last Jedi, Rose is an idealistic Resistance mechanic with a soft spot for Finn. After a brush with death, Tico survives to fight in the final chapter of the Skywalker saga. Another relative unknown prior to Star Wars, Tran has also starred in Sorry For Your Loss.

Keri Russell as Zori Bliss

Zorii Bliss in The Rise Of Skywalker

Actor’s appearances after Rise of Skywalker

Antlers, Cocaine Bear, Extrapolations, The Diplomat

A mysterious new character to the Star Wars mythology, the masked Bliss is connected to Poe’s past and has a degree of moral flexibility. A spice runner, Zori Bliss’ background is revealed in Alex Segura’s Poe Dameron: Freefall. Keri Russell enjoyed starring roles on TV in both Felicity and The Americans.

Other Characters In Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Why Maz Kanata looks different in Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker

  • Lupita Nyong’o as Maz Kanata – A infrequent character of the Star Wars sequels, Nyong’o provides the motion capture performance for Maz Kanata, an invaluable ally to the Resistance with a keen eye for Jedi relics. The Oscar-winning Nyong’o starred in 12 Years A Slave, Black Panther and Us.
  • Dominic Monaghan as Beaumont Kin – Widely known to fans as either Pippin from The Lord of the Rings or Charlie from Lost, Monaghan makes his Star Wars debut as a member of the Resistance with a knack for timely exposition.
  • Shirley Henderson (voice) as Babu Frik – Henderson, or Moaning Myrtle to Harry Potter fans, voices the obligatory cute alien of The Rise of Skywalker – a minuscule droid mechanic with truncated speech by the name of Babu Frik.
  • Greg Grunberg as Snap Wexley – J. J. Abrams’ lucky charm makes another appearance in the Star Wars sequels as Snap Wexley, Resistance pilot extraordinaire. Grunberg will be most widely known as Matt, the psychic cop from Heroes.
  • Billie Lourd as Lieutenant Connix – Carrie Fisher’s daughter has enjoyed an increasingly prominent role in the contemporary Star Wars trilogy, portraying a key Resistance leader in Kaydel Ko Connix.

Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker Cameos

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  • Harrison Ford as Han Solo – The biggest surprise return of the entire film, Ford’s Solo makes a shocking appearance in The Rise of Skywalker, bringing his death in The Force Awakens full circle. In 2019, Ford remains one of the biggest names in Hollywood and is the face of the Indiana Jones franchise.
  • Denis Lawson as Wedge Antilles – Primarily a British TV actor, Lawson reprises his role as Wedge Antilles from the original Star Wars trilogy, swooping in among the giant fleet of ships led by the Millennium Falcon.
  • Warwick Davis as Wicket – When the Empire/First Order/Final Order/Bad Guys are finally defeated, Wicket is seen celebrating on Endor, played by Warwick Davis, as he was in Return of the Jedi. Davis starred in Willow and has appeared in Harry Potter, Doctor Who, Life’s Too Short and much more.
  • John Williams as a Kijimi Bartender – The legendary composer of the Star Wars franchise gets a live-action nod, appearing as a bartender while Rey, Finn and Poe are exploring Kijimi.
  • Lin-Manuel Miranda as Resistance Fighter – The man behind Hamilton contributed some music and vocals to The Force Awakens and gets a brief appearance as an unnamed member of the Resistance in The Rise of Skywalker.
  • Jodie Comer as Rey’s Mother – The breakout star of Killing Eve features briefly as Rey’s mother during several flashback scenes in The Rise of Skywalker.

Various Jedi Voices – A bevy of big-name actors lend their voices to a scene where Rey hears the encouragement of past Jedi. These include Hayden Christensen (Anakin Skywalker), Ewan McGregor and Alec Guinness (Obi-Wan Kenobi), Frank Oz (Yoda), Ashley Eckstein (Ahsoka Tano), Liam Neeson (Qui-Gon Jinn) and Samuel L. Jackson (Mace Windu).

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Celebrity Cameos – Among the glut of non-actor cameos in The Rise of Skywalker are Ed Sheeran as a Stormtrooper, fortunately not singing this time, J. J. Abrams voicing D-0 and, reportedly, Harry Styles of One Direction fame.

  • Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker Poster

    Star Wars: Episode IX- The Rise of Skywalker

    Release Date:
    2019-12-20

    Director:
    J.J. Abrams

    Cast:
    Carrie Fisher, Oscar Isaac, Anthony Daniels, Joonas Suotamo, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Ian McDiarmid, Kelly Marie Tran, Billie Lourd, Keri Russell, Richard E. Grant, Daisy Ridley, Lupita Nyong’o, Dominic Monaghan, John Boyega, Domhnall Gleeson, Billy Dee Williams, Naomi Ackie

    Rating:
    PG-13

    Runtime:
    142 minutes

    Genres:
    Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

    Writers:
    Chris Terrio, J.J. Abrams

    Budget:
    $275 million

    Studio(s):
    Lucasfilm

    Distributor(s):
    Disney

    prequel(s):
    Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones, Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, Solo: A Star Wars Story, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi, Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens, Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi

    Franchise(s):
    Star Wars