The first trailer has arrived for Star Wars: Episode IX, which we now know has officially been given the oh-so intriguing title of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
There’s a decent bit to unpack in here, especially when you consider that it’s officially a “teaser.” Rey (Daisy Ridley) faces down a TIE Fighter with the now-departed Luke Skywalker’s (Mark Hamill) lightsaber at the ready, Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and some stormtroopers appear to be on a rampage, Finn (John Boyega) and Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) are shot at by First Order troopers, BB-8 has a new robo buddy in D-0, and Lando freakin’ Calrissian (Billy Dee Williams) is back piloting the Millennium Falcon with Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo), among other snippets.
Questions galore, right? What, or more specifically, whom does the title refer to? The Last Jedi revealed that Rey was not, as many had assumed, from the Skywalker bloodline. Was Kylo fibbing? “No one’s ever really gone,” says Luke. Emperor Palpatine actor Ian McDiarmid appeared on stage at Star Wars Celebration, so we know he’s back, but is anyone else? How will they say goodbye to Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher, appearing in the film thanks to archival footage from The Force Awakens)? To put but a few ponderings out there.
The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams returns to the franchise here, directing from a screenplay he wrote with Chris Terrio (Argo, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice). This is to be the close of the trilogy that kicked off with The Force Awakens. After this, the franchise will be exploring other stories and characters in the sprawling galaxy, continuing on away from the Skywalker line.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, also starring Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, Billie Lourd, Naomi Ackie, Richard E. Grant, Keri Russell, Matt Smith, and Dominic Monaghan, opens in Australian cinemas on December 19 and hits the US on December 20.