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.


An Awakening in the Force continues the saga in the wake of the ambush on Kuar and the assassination of high-ranking Republic and Protectorate officials, as the neo-Imperial forces launch a violent coup and seize control under former Republican ambassador, Kaflan Boon, preparing for an assault on the Republic's artillery base, Soliude.

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 Master Luke Skywalker as Reliquis attempts to manipulate her into embracing the darkness within. But there is far more to her Force connection than first assumed, and a dangerous revelation could be the key to Ei's undoing.

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

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