Joining the cast are Naomi Ackie (Doctor Who), Richard E. Grant (Logan), Dominic Monaghan (Lord of the Rings), and Keri Russell (The Americans), who will also be joined by veteran Star Wars actors Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels and Billy Dee Williams, who will reprise his role as Lando Calrissian.
Star Wars: Rise of the Skywalker will release on December 20, 2019.
IGN also reports that Don Williams hinted at the movie's length by saying his brother had "135 minutes worth of music to write".
"It is top-to-bottom music", Don Williams said. Musician Don Williams recently dropped a few details about the musical journey we'll go on in the final installment of the Skywalker saga. We've done four days and we just scratched the surface.
John Williams has created some of the most recognizable film scores of the last five decades, up to and including Star Wars.
While it could be explained away that using snippets of the music score from the original characters and movies doesn't necessarily mean the characters will be appearing in the film, well, why else include the music? Furthermore, the score used in the film usually differs somewhat from a film's given soundtrack release.
Rey's on the run in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
"Every theme that you ever heard is going to be compiled into this last effort".
Williams specifically mentioned that moviegoers will hear themes relating to Yoda and Leia, as well as "the Phantom" and "Darth". And in his usual style, he hides them. "You'll find them, but you gotta go look for them", he said.
The mention of Yoda's theme and what seems like a reference to The Phantom Menace would have been quite the reveal. Plenty of motifs from John Williams' previous Star Wars scores have been used for little musical moments here and there. Darth is a bit easier to figure out and most likely refers to "The Imperial March".
We've still got a long way to go before the Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker score is finalized, so the amount of music used in the movie could change.
At 135 minutes of music, the film would be at least two hours and 15 minutes long, plus whatever scenes don't involve music, because there have to be SOME parts without a backing track, right?