Today, Disney and Lucasfilm released the long-awaited trailer for Star Wars: Episode IX, now known as Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. The trailer was unveiled today at Star Wars Celebration taking place all weekend long in Chicago, Illinois, as is arguably the biggest news coming out the huge event.
The trailer is the first look at director JJ Abrams’ final Star Wars film, and wraps up the trilogy he started with 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens and which Rian Johnson continued in 2017’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is also the last film in what is called the Skywalker Saga, which began in 1977 and followed the adventures of Luke Skywalker. Luke’s story spanned three films between 1977 and 1983.
The Skywalker Saga actually began its nine-film story with 8-year-old Anakin Skywalker and followed him through the prequel films which were released between 1999 and 2005. The new trilogy has focused on the next generation of Skywalker in Ben Solo (Adam Driver), a powerful force user that has gone to the dark side and has taken the name Kylo Ren. Countering Ren/Solo is the mysterious Rey (Daisy Ridley) and her friends, Finn (John Boyega) and Poe (Oscar Issac), led by another Skywalker, Leia Organa (the late Carrie Fisher, in her final role).
The trailer follows the same theme as the first trailers for The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, showing just enough to whet appetites for Star Wars fans, and entice non-fans as well, with some careful edits. It opens with some breathing, has a long monologue by Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), presumably as a force ghost, and features quick glimpses of Leia hugging Rey, the heroes in battle, Kylo Ren repairing his helmet, and Lando piloting the Millennium Falcon. Perhaps the biggest surprise is the inclusion of the sinister cackle of the long-dead Emperor over a shot of what could be the wreckage of a Death Star as the trailer wraps up. Interesting.
Here it is, at long last, the teaser trailer for the final Skywalker-focused Star Wars film.
Expect the Star Wars hype cycle to go into lightspeed now that we have some solid footage, and fans couldn’t be happier.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will be released on December 20, 2019.