The 'Star Wars Episode IX' footage was released at the D23 Expo on Saturday. The new clips include a showdown between Daisy Ridley's Rey and Adam Driver's Kylo Ren. The most memorable shot was perhaps Rey holding a red double-sided lightsaber. Director J.J. Abrams spoke about the conclusion of the nine-film 'Star Wars' saga and the inclusion of Carrie Fisher's Leia in the film. J.J. Abrams, via D23 Expo J.J. Abrams, via D23 Expo 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' will hit theaters on Dec. 20, 2019.