The Rise of Skywalker breaks franchise first-day presale records
In its first 24 hours, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker smashed presale records after advance tickets went on sale on Monday, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. The final installment in the Skywalker saga has sold more presale tickets than any previous title in the franchise.
According to Atom Tickets, Rise of Skywalker sold 2.5 times more tickets on its first day than The Last Jedi. The online service’s top five movies with the best first-day presales are Avengers: Endgame, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Aquaman, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and Avengers: Infinity War.
Returning cast members for The Rise of Skywalker include Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo and Billie Lourd. 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. The role of Leia Organa will once again be played by Carrie Fisher, using previously unreleased footage shot for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
In addition to directing, Abrams co-wrote the screenplay with Chris Terrio (Argo, Justice League). Kathleen Kennedy, Michelle Rejwan, and Abrams will produce, with Callum Greene and Jason McGatlin executive producing. Composer John Williams, who has scored every chapter in the Star Wars saga since 1977’s A New Hope, will return to a galaxy far, far away with Rise of Skywalker.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is scheduled for release on December 20.