“No one’s ever really gone.”
The title — The Rise of Skywalker — that fades in at the end of the first teaser trailer for the highly-anticipated final chapter in the Star Wars saga was not the only surprise in store of fans, as the eerie cackling of none other than Emperor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid) can be heard echoing in the darkness. After a long breathy shot of Rey (Daisy Ridley) preparing herself for an attack by, we can only assume, Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), we are treated to a series of intriguing images, including our first look at the return of Lando Calrissian (Billy Dee Williams), some new Stormtroopers and a new droid sidekick for BB-8 named D-0 (“deo”).
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker was directed by J.J. Abrams, who kicked off the new trilogy as the director of The Force Awakens. This time around, he co-wrote the script for the movie with Chris Terrio. John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, Lupita Nyong’o, Kelly Marie Tran, Billie Lourd and Joonas Suotamo reprise their roles from The Last Jedi, joining series veterans Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels and Carrie Fisher. Joining the cast are Keri Russell, Naomi Ackie and Richard E. Grant.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker opens on December 20th.