On Friday, a world premiere trailer at the annual Star Wars Celebration event confirmed the name of the final film in the “Skywalker Saga.” Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is the official name for Episode IX, which is slated to land in theaters “this Christmas.”
After hearing narration from Luke Skywalker (“A thousand generations live in you now, but this is your fight”), the trailer focuses largely on dramatic action sequences. We see a few Millennium Falcon flights and some desert-speeder combat before this teaser reveals at least one scene starring Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia. (We already knew Fisher would appear in the film by way of footage shot before her 2016 death.) This new footage concludes with the primary new-trilogy cast staring at the landed wreckage of a Death Star.
The trailer appeared at the end of an hour-long event hosted by CBS’s Stephen Colbert; other reveals included world-premiere photos of various cast members in the film and the live-action unveiling of BB-8’s new robotic buddy, a one-wheeled junk-heap character named Dio.
In addition to hints gleaned from today’s world premiere trailer, “it’s been a little while” since the events of The Last Jedi, actor Daisy Ridley told the Star Wars Celebration crowd during the panel presentation. She said that “the lightsaber that Rey inherited from Luke lives.” She did not, on the other hand, explain which “Skywalker” the film’s newly revealed title might be referring to.
The Rise of Skywalker‘s trailer ended with actor Ian McDiarmid appearing on the stage and telling the audience, “roll it again,” which followed the sound of Emperor Palpatine’s laughter at the trailer’s close. Hence, we certainly expect Palpatine to figure into the plot, as will a cast comprised of familiar faces (Billy Dee Williams, Fisher) and new ones.
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