U.S. Release Date: 2017-12-15
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence)
Genre: Science Fiction/Adventure
Director: Rian Johnson
Cast: Mark Hamill, Benicio Del Toro, Kelly Marie Tran, Anthony Daniels, Billie Lourd, Laura Dern, Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, Carrie Fisher, Andy Serkis
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