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Disney’s D23 Expo in Anaheim over the weekend brought an overwhelming amount of information for the future of Star Wars. Rey is joining the Dark Side now? Ewan McGregor’s Obi Wan Kenobi is getting his own Disney+ series! Now ahead of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’s release, John Boyega says when we meet back up with our heroes they’ll be down and out of cash among a long list of dilemmas. Here’s what he said:

The Resistance are broke, they don't have weapons. Not a lot of allies. You know how they were left after Last Jedi. It's not a great situation. ... Darkness, for the first time in a long time, has taken like 10 million leaps forward.

No one ever said joining the Resistance would be lucrative. After Lucasfilm unveiled some jaw-dropping footage during the Disney film panel on Saturday, John Boyega teased the many struggles the main characters will be dealing with following the events of The Last Jedi. At the end of the 2017 film, the Resistance took on the First Order, unleashing all they had on Kylo Ren’s army but there’s still a lot more of them than they are probably ready for.

John Boyega continued with Yahoo! with these words:

And for us to deal with that as Resistance heroes is a bit of madness. And there’s conflict between us, between ourselves, figuring out our past. And all of that is just approached in a magnificent way and I can't wait for it.

For the first time, Rise of Skywalker will bring the established characters all together. With so many in the mix, they are sure to butt heads. There seems to be a ton of conflict happening at once to work against our heroes in the conclusion of the Skywalker Saga. The struggle to work together and their own personal journeys. John Boyega assures J.J. Abrams balances it well.

Daisy Ridley certainly looks to have an important story arc in Rise of Skywalker considering that surprise Dark Rey reveal. Whether its a misdirect, vision or her character’s actual fate the new trilogy has been leading up to an exciting journey between Rey and the force.

Rise of Skywalker will bring back Ian McDiarmid’s Palpatine in an instrumental role. The villain has a prime spot in Rise of Skywalker’s new poster which features his face taking up the majority of the background as Rey and Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren engage in an epic battle on the lower half of the poster.

The highly-anticipated release directed and co-written by J.J. Abrams will also see the return of Oscar Isaac’s Poe Dameron, Kelly Marie Tran’s Rose Tico and Domhnall Gleeson’s General Hux. Rise of Skywalker will feature the original trilogy’s Mark Hamill, Billy Dee Williams and the late Carrie Fisher. Additionally, there are some new actors joining the cast: Keri Russell, Dominic Monaghan, Richard E. Grant and Naomi Ackie.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will close out the iconic series of 40 years on December 20.

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