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Star Wars: An Awakening in the Force (also known as Star Wars: Episode VIII - An Awakening in the Force) is a 2019 American epic space opera film directed by J.J. Abrams. Produced by J.J. Abrams and Lynda Obst, it is the second film in the Star Wars sequel trilogy, following Star Wars: Episode VII - The Fate of Skywalker and preceding Star Wars: Episode IX - Fall of the Old Order. Rian Johnson was brought on board to write the story with D.B. Weiss, with Johnson also penning the screenplay. Jon Favreau remained as executive producer.

Star Wars: An Awakening in the Force was released on December 20, 2019.

Synopsis

An Awakening in the Force continues the saga in the wake of the ambush on Kuar and the assassination of high-ranking Republic and Dominions officials, including security adviser Han Solo and Lord Protector Tht'aal. The surprise attack has sent shockwaves through the galaxy; the Galactic Dominions - now led by the shadowy Force-wielder Reliquis - has brought the New Republic close to ruin and now threatens to launch a violent coup and reseize control of the Empire's former territories.

Across the galaxy, Ei G'et-jalal, having forged an uneasy partnership with Jedi-turned-mercenary Nin Marakuk, sets out to hone her Force sensitivity with Jedi Master Luke Skywalker. But there is far more to her Force connection than first assumed, and a dangerous revelation concerning her past could be the key to Ei's undoing. The Extant, now exercising increased power under Reliquis, close in on her and their former mentor.

The fate of the galaxy - and that of the Force itself - hangs in the balance.

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