Now that the first trailer for “Star Wars: Episode IX” has been released, the mass still-by-still analysis by fans has begun, and some have already put forward some pretty compelling theories.

SALT LAKE CITY — “Star Wars” fans have had a rough go as of late. “Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi” divided the fanbase, and “Solo: A Star Wars Story” was met with softer sales than expected, according to Vanity Fair.

But Disney’s CEO, Bob Iger, is sure fans will love the next entry in the saga.

According to, Iger spoke about “Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker” at the MoffettNathanson sixth annual Media and Communications Summit. He said what he’s seen and heard so far indicates the movie will be popular with fans.

"I haven’t seen ('The Rise of Skywalker') finished yet, but I’m confident, based off of the pieces that I’ve seen and the script that I read, that it’s going to be extremely popular," Iger said.

He also said he feels the company has done well developing newer Star Wars films, which contrasts with what some fans have said in the past.

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“The Last Jedi” was directed by Rian Johnson and hit theaters on Dec. 17, 2017. While the film was met with critical acclaim — 91 percent fresh on Rotten Tomatoes — fan reaction was divided at 44 percent Audience Score.

Audience reviews point to the way some character arcs were handled — particularly those for Rey, Kylo Ren and Luke Skywalker — as a flaw in the film, claiming it deviated from fan expectations. Others praised the movie for not retreading familiar ground and standing by itself as a strong film.

I previously reported for Deseret News that a fan theory indicates actor Matt Smith will play a pivotal role in “The Rise of Skywalker’s” final battle. The movie will hit theaters on Dec. 20.