8 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' BTS Photos

We are still reeling from the wealth of Annie Leibovitz images Vanity Fair released from their upcoming summer Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker issue. There were first glimpses of new characters, a tease of a possible BIG character returning in some capacity, and more Rey vs. Kylo Ren action.

There were ALSO some pretty fabulous behind-the-scenes shots from the set in Jordan which will be the planet Pasaana, including Mr. Anthony Daniels as the golden droid C-3PO.

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How about a stunt being filmed?! Looks like Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo), Rey (Daisy Ridley) and BB8 are on the move.

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Camera operator Colin Anderson readies a take

Director JJ Abrams and his crew line up the next shot. BUT WHERE ARE THE DAMN PINK SHORTS, GUYS?!

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Chewbacca, Rey, C-3PO, and Finn (John Boyega) await the call to action for a chase scene

There was a better look at one of the new races of alien we'll be meeting; the Aki-Aki, natives of the planet Pasaana, played by Jordanian locals.

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And, a big piece of the Star Wars galaxy, composer John Williams.

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Composer John Williams conducting the Star Wars score, drawing on themes and motifs he has woven across four decades. "I didn't think there would ever be a second film," he says.

Again, all these photos (and the others from Vanity Fair) are by the incomparable Annie Leibovitz.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is set to hit theaters on December 20th 2019. We will of course keep up updated with any additional photos, news, and trailers as they get released.

About Mary Anne Butler

Bleeding Cool News Editor Mary Anne Butler (Mab, for short) has been part of the fast-paced world of journalism since she was 15, getting her start in album reviews and live concert coverage for a nationally published (print) music magazine. She eventually transitioned to online media, writing for such sites as UGO/IGN, ComicsOnline, Geek Magazine, Ace of Geeks, Aggressive Comix (where she is still Editor-in-Chief), and most recently Bleeding Cool.

Over the past 10 years, she’s built a presence at conventions across the globe as a cosplayer (occasionally), photographer (constantly), panelist and moderator (mostly), and reporter (always).

Interviews, reviews, observations, breaking news, and objective reporting are the name of the game for the founder of Harkonnen Knife Fight, a Dune-themed band with an international presence.

Though she be but little, she is fierce. #MabTheProfessional

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