Your First Look At ‘Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker’ Has Arrived

The trilogy of trilogies come to a definite conclusion (probably) in The Rise of Skywalker.

We were all set for a fairly quiet weekend, coasting easily back towards Westeros for another tilt at the Iron Throne with no distractions in sight. That is, until another genre-defining series elected to crash the party. On Saturday, the title and first trailer for Star Wars Episode IX finally emerged, and the hubbub has been pretty intense. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will arrive in UK cinemas on December 19th, 2019, and here’s the first trailer:

Oh it’s tantalising isn’t it? There’s a lot to unpick here, but we’ll start with the obvious: as you can see and hear, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher will both be returning for The Rise of Skywalker. Despite Fisher’s death in December 2016, Episode IX will rework unused footage from The Last Jedi to bring Leia back to the screen, whilst Luke Skywalker is rumoured to appear as a ‘Force ghost’.

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The Rise of Skywalker

They’re not the only familiar faces returning; the recently-confirmed Billy Dee Williams reprises his role as Lando Calrissian, joyfully piloting the Millennium Falcon once more. Aside from the old crew, the trailer puts newest Jedi badass Rey (Daisy Ridley) front and center, with a stunning Force-powered flip over an incoming TIE fighter showing just how much her powers have grown. Indeed, as Luke’s voiceover states, “a thousand generations live in you now”, so you can bet Rey and her lightsaber will be pivotal to the saga’s outcome.

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Further intrigue comes from a snatched glimpse of Kylo Ren’s (Adam Driver) helmet being reforged, Finn (John Boyega) and Poe (Oscar Isaac) embroiled in a wild cruiser-chase, and a shot of the half-submerged ruins of the Death Star. But it’s the ending that has most tongues wagging; even as Luke intones that “no-one’s ever really gone”, the sinister laughter of Emperor Palpatine/Darth Sidious (Ian McDiarmid) begins, indicating that — as in the first two sagas — he’ll be the Big Bad needing to be taken down, hopefully for good this time.

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Despite the money-spinning prowess of the franchise, it’s been confirmed that The Rise of Skywalker will be the final film of the saga (spinoffs and origin stories notwithstanding). So, for one last time, get ready to head to a galaxy far, far away.

Featured image: IMDb

Originally published at Secret London.