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John Boyega Stars In the New Trailer for 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker'

The actor reprises his role as Finn for the final installment of the Skywalker trilogy.

This past weekend, Disney released the trailer for the latest film in the Star Wars franchise, The Rise of Skywalker at The D23 Expo.

John Boyega has reprised his role as Finn for the film, and has previously hinted that this may be his final appearance in the franchise, telling MTV News that he "honestly thinks" he won't be playing the role again during an interview in April.

READ: John Boyega Tells The Story of How He Landed His Role In 'Star Wars' In This Animated Video

Here's the film's official description:

The surviving Resistance faces the First Order once more as Rey, Finn and Poe Dameron's journey continues. With the power and knowledge of generations behind them, the final battle commences.

The Rise of Skywalker is the ninth series in the saga, and the last film in the most recent trilogy, as Screen Rant notes.

While the new trailer shows plenty of throwback footage, it also includes never before seen shots of characters like Finn, Poe, Chewbacca and C-3PO and Reywho looks like she's taken a dark turn in the upcoming film.

Director J.J. Abrams has returned to direct the film. The film also stars Carrie Fisher, Daisy Ridley, Naomi Ackie, Mark Hamill, Oscar Issac and more.

The upcoming installment hits theaters December 20. Check out the trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker below.

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6 Films Showing How Sci-Fi Stories Can Be Relevant in Nollywood

An introduction to a subgenre in Nigeria's film industry that's only getting started.

Nollywood screenwriter and director Dimeji Ajibola recently released a 1-minute teaser of his upcoming dystopian movie, Ratnik. Impressed by the visual effects and dystopian locations, local publications waxed lyrical about the film. YNaija! called it "the dystopian action-thriller we deserve in 2019." Ratnik deserves its early praise; it is an ambitious project and its visual effects are impressive.

For some, a sci-fi Nigerian movie is unheard of, but Ratnik is not the first time a Nollywood sci-fi film will generate this much buzz. Kajola—the last one that did—was an utter disappointment. The debut film of now Nollywood box office king, Niyi Akinmolayan, it was released in 2009 to much fanfare. Akinmolayan was tired of Nollywood filmmakers: "those yeye people that don't know how to make cool stuff." Young and naïve, he thought he would change Nollywood forever by making "the greatest Nigerian movie ever. It will be action/sci-fi with lots of effects and we are going to win an Oscar."

Unsurprisingly, Kajola turned out awful—it had terrible graphics and reports say moviegoers didn't finish the film at cinemas. "They stormed out of the hall. Threatened the ticketing guys. Demanded their money back," Akinmolayan wrote on his blog. The film was thrown out of cinemas after two days.

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Nnedi Okorafor and Tomi Adeyemi Earn 2019 Hugo Award Nominations

Nigerian women authors are killing it as usual.

The Hugo awards are one of speculative fiction's most prestigious prizes. The annual award recognizes the best in science fiction and fantasy, and this year two of our favorite Nigerian women authors are up for the prize.

Nnedi Okorafor, one of OkayAfrica's 100 Women 2019, earned not one but two nominations this year. She's up for Best Novella for her work Binti: The Night Masquerade as well as fo Best Graphic Story for Black Panther: Long Live the King.

The author took to Twitter following the announcement to celebrate, adding that this nomination means that all three of the novellas in the Biniti trilogy have either won or been nominated for a Hugo Prize (She won for Binti in 2016).

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Viola Davis Is Developing a Series Based on Octavia Butler's 'Wild Seed' With Nnedi Okorafor And Wanuri Kahiu

The series, based on Butler's 1980 novel, will tell the story of "two African immortals who travel the ages from pre-Colonial West Africa to the far, far future."

Oscar-winning actor Viola Davis will team up with Nigerian sci-fi author Nnedi Okorafor and Kenyan director Wanuri Kahiu for an upcoming series adaptation of Octavia Butler's 1980 novel Wild Seed, which is being developed by Amazon under Davis' and Julius Tennon's JuVee Production company.

Okorafor and Kahiu, who are both OkayAfrica 100 Women 2019 honorees, will write the series together, and Kahiu is also slated to direct. The Rafiki filmmaker, took to Twitter to share her excitement over the news. "Dream project alert," she wrote. "See God!"

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