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J.J. Abrams Says 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' Will Introduce New Force Powers That 'Will Infuriate Some People'

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker director J.J. Abrams has revealed Episode IX features previously unknown Force powers that could potentially divide fans.

“It was really important that we not just redo the things you’ve seen, but add new elements—which we knew will infuriate some people and thrill others,” the 53-year-old writer-director told Vanity Fair.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of J.J. Abrams

“Among those things are not just new ways of doing sort of traditional, must-have sequences, whether it’s chases or lightsaber battles, or what have you,” J.J. added. “We wanted to make sure that this picture also showed aspects of the Force in ways that go beyond what you’ve seen before.”

Pictured: J.J. Abrams joining the cast of Star Wars: The Rise Of SkywalkerRichard E. Grant, Billy Dee Williams, Keri Russell, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Kelly Marie Tran, Naomi Ackie, Joonas Suotamo and Anthony Daniels – at the global press conference for the film at the Pasadena Convention Center on Wednesday (December 4) in Pasadena, Calif.

READ MORE: Every ‘Star Wars’ Movie Ranked From Worst to Best, Ahead of Rise of Skywalker’s Release!

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Daisy Ridley & 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' Cast Get First-Look at New Disney Parks Star Wars Attraction!

The cast of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker have gotten an exclusive treat!

Leading stars – Kelly Marie Tran, director J.J. Abrams, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Keri Russell, Oscar Isaac, Anthony Daniels and Naomi Ackie – got a first-look at the new Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance attraction in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge on Monday (December 2) at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, Calif.

The attraction opens tomorrow (December 5) at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida and January 17, 2020, at Disneyland Park in California.

Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance is one of the most ambitious, advanced and immersive experiences ever undertaken by Walt Disney Imagineering, blurring the lines between fantasy and reality on a scale never seen before in a Disney attraction.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters December 20!

READ MORE: Star Wars’ Finn & Poe Will Not Become Boyfriends in ‘Rise of Skywalker’

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Keri Russell Reveals Why She Accepted Her Role in 'Star Wars'

Keri Russell is on the cover of Town & Country’s Dec/Jan 2020 issue, on newsstands November 27.

Here’s what the Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker actress had to share with the mag…

On being in a mask for her Star Wars character, Zorri Bliss: “It was very attractive, the idea of not being the lead. The mask – I felt safe in it. And tough.”

On if she feels she has an expiration date in Hollywood: “I do think about it. And I feel that [the time dwindling for roles] should sort of be now. But at the same time, I just got an incredible offer to do something. A really, really rich story. Maybe it doesn’t stop.”

On social media: “I know a little bit about Instagram. I like to look at pretty things.”

For more from Keri Russell, visit TownAndCountryMag.com.

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Tom Hanks & Matthew Rhys Are Supported by Their Leading Ladies at 'A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood' Premiere

Tom Hanks and Matthew Rhys were joined by their loves at the A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood premiere!

The co-stars were joined by Rita Wilson and Keri Russell at the premiere held on Sunday (November 17) at the Henry R. Luce Auditorium at Brookfield Place in New York City.

Also joining Tom and Matthew at the premiere included co-stars Chris Cooper and Susan Kelechi Watson with fiance Jaime Lincoln Smith along with director Marielle Heller.

Fellow guests at the premiere included Alexander Skaragard and Sarah Silverman.

Earlier that day, the cast and director promoted A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood at the movie’s photocall.

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood will be out in theaters on Friday, November 22 – check out the trailer here!

READ MORE: Tom Hanks to Receive Cecil B. deMille Award at Golden Globes 2020

25+ pictures inside of the stars at the premiere…More Here! »

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'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' Final Trailer Debuts Online - Watch Now!

The final trailer for the upcoming movie Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker has arrived and you can watch it right here!

The highly anticipated trailer debuted during halftime on ESPN’s Monday Night Football on Monday night (October 21).

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, directed by J.J. Abrams, is the riveting conclusion of the seminal Skywalker saga, where new legends will be born and the final battle for freedom is yet to come.

The film stars Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Anthony Daniels, Naomi Ackie, Domhnall Gleeson, Richard E. Grant, Lupita Nyong’o, Keri Russell, Joonas Suotamo, Kelly Marie Tran, with Ian McDiarmid and Billy Dee Williams.

Tickets to public screenings of the movie are now on sale. The movie hits theaters on December 20!

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Tom Hanks & Matthew Rhys Premiere 'A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood' at TIFF 2019

Tom Hanks and Matthew Rhys are all smiles as they arrive at the A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood premiere on Saturday afternoon (September 7) at the Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto, Canada.

The actors were joined by Matthew‘s longtime love Keri Russell as they premiered their Mr. Fred Rogers movie at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Tom Hanks

Fellow cast members at the premiere included Susan Kelechi Watson, Chris Cooper, Noah Harpster, and Enrico Colantoni along with director Marielle Heller.

Earlier that day, Susan announced that she and Jaime Lincoln Smith are engaged!

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
is set to hit theaters on November 22 – check out the trailer!

15+ pictures inside of the stars at the premiere…More Here! »

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