If you were somehow unaware that Disney and Lucasfilm plan on putting to rest the characters and storylines that have defined Star Wars for the past forty-plus years so that the franchise can continue to grow, the new TV spot from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker spells it out explicitly with a growly voiceover by Ian McDiarmid‘s Emperor Palpatine:
This will be the final word in the story of Skywalker.
Set to John Williams‘ epic “Duel of the Fates” theme from the Prequel Trilogy, the spot contains plenty of quick-cut action and new footage of aerial and near-space battles and, of course, the obligatory cute widdle alien.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker was written (with Chris Terrio) and directed by J.J. Abrams. Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Billie Lourd and Joonas Suotamo reprise their roles from The Last Jedi, joining series veterans Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Billy Dee Williams, 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. The run time was recently revealed to be two hours and twenty-one minutes.
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