Prior to this Fall, had you told me that the biggest thing to happen in the Star Wars universe this year took place on The Mandalorian and not in The Rise of Skywalker, I’d ask you to pass me the spice (the nameless drug that exists in Star Wars lore) and let me get a hit.
However, due to the sweeping phenomenon that is Baby Yoda, it will be hard for The Rise of Skywalker to top the cultural impact that the endlessly adorable mini-Force user has had, regardless of how the film ultimately concludes the Skywalker Saga.
Unfortunately for Baby Yoda lovers, though, that little mainlined ball of cuteness will not be making an appearance in The Rise of Skywalker, despite the fact that J.J. Abrams considers the character to be “the cutest thing in the history of time.”
Just because Baby Yoda isn’t popping up in The Rise of Skywalker does not mean that he will not be a part of the larger Star Wars franchise going forward, as it’s been rumored that audiences will see the character grow into a “Kid Yoda” that will be an ally to the heroes in the next flagship film franchise.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker — the final chapter in the epic 42-year-old Skywalker saga — will begin to hit theaters across the United States on Thursday, December 19.
The film stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Domhnall Gleeson, Richard E. Grant, Lupita Nyong’o, Keri Russell, Anthony Daniels, Naomi Ackie, Joonas Suotamo, Kelly Marie Tran, Ian McDiarmid, Billy Dee Williams, Mark Hamill, and the late Carrie Fisher in her final acting performance.
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