It’s finally here! The Star Wars Celebration officially kicked off today in Chicago, IL, with the first Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker trailer. We now know the name of the final film in the Skywalker saga, written and directed by Episode VII ‘s writer/director J.J. Abrams.
Watch the Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker teaser:
Here are all of the important details from the new footage of the epic conclusion to the Skywalker story:
Yes, that was Emperor Palpatine’s signature laugh.
Following the voice of Luke Skywalker saying, “No one’s every really gone,” the iconic, sinister snarl of The Emperor thunders through the teaser. Will it be up to Rey to put an end to The Dark Side, once and for all?
Side note: per Entertainment Weekly, following the footage at the Star Wars Celebration, “When the trailer ended at Celebration, actor Ian McDiarmid — who brought Emperor Palpatine to life in the original films and prequels — appeared on stage. In the character’s signature growl, he said: ‘Roll it AGAIN!’”
Rey has been T-R-A-I-N-I-N-G
Dagobah vibes all over again! Rey has clearly been working hard on honing the force, and the incredible jump while wielding a light-saber proves it. Who is piloting the ship powering towards her? We’ll give you one guess.
Kylo Ren is back, and he’s out for blood.
Flanked by Storm Troopers, Kylo can be seen with his signature lightsaber through what appears to be woods. As long as the Emperor’s “entity” is kept alive, Kylo has his “master” to guide him to the Dark Side. The question is, can he be brought back to the light? Or, should he be destroyed, along with The Emperor?
Lando’s back, baby.
If Han Solo isn’t sitting in the pilot’s chair of the Millennium Falcon, there’s only one other man that can—the man Han won the ship from, Lando Calrissian. Actor Billy Dee Williams returns to play the role.
That’s the Death Star, alright.
Rey and Co. are seen approaching the remains of the Death Star. Fans have long theorized that the crash site is where Luke built his green lightsaber that was unveiled in Episode VI, maybe this will finally be confirmed?
Princess Leia gets a final, heartfelt goodbye.
While it’s confirmed that Mark Hamill will reprise his role as Luke Skywalker in Episode IX, we also learned from the teaser-trailer that Carrie Fisher will make a final appearance. Per Entertainment Weekly:
Carrie Fisher, who died in 2016, gets a curtain call in this film by way of unused earlier footage of her General Organa. In the single shot of her in the teaser, she embraces Rey as a single tear rolls down the younger woman’s cheek. —Entertainment Weekly
The film is set to release in December 2019.
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