For the past 40 years, Star Wars has told the story of the Skywalker family through two different trilogies, with the latest one passing on the torch – or should I say lightsaber – to a brand new generation. And now, we are getting a new look at what could be the final installment of the Skywalker saga. At Star Wars Celebration, J.J. Abrams, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, and the cast revealed the title, poster, and trailer for Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker.
Now there is a lot to unpack in the two minutes that can be seen in the teaser trailer. It all starts off with Rey (Daisy Ridley) standing on a desert planet, breathing heavily. It doesn’t appear to be Jakku – because nobody wants to go back there – or Tatooine, but a new desert planet.
She reaches towards her left side to grab Luke’s lightsaber, which we thought was destroyed in The Last Jedi when she and Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) both struggled to claim the item for their own. So it looks like she repaired it.
We soon see her take a deep breath to calm herself down and hear Luke’s (Mark Hamill) voiceover speak to her. He tells her “We’ve passed on all we know. A thousand generations live in you now, but this is your fight.”
The camera then pans back to show the open desert and then closes back on Rey’s hand clutching the lightsaber. We could hear a faint sound of a tie fighter coming at her. We then close in on her face. She looks like she is ready for the incoming fight.
Once again, the camera gives its viewer another wide shot of the vast desert, which then pans to the left with increasing speed as to keep up with the pace of the incoming Tie Fighter.
We see a tag that reads: “Every Generation Has A Legend.”
This Tie Fighter zips past from one end of the screen to the other, and then we see Rey running away from it so as to be ready to engage the oncoming fighter when it closes in on her.
A pair of hands holding the controls are quickly seen, but we never see the face so we cannot assume that Kylo is the pilot.
It then transitions to a shot where Rey does a backflip before the Tie Fighter could strike her. But it’s unclear what happens next as it cuts to black.
We then see a shot of a cold mountainous range, and another ship zipping by as it is preparing for landing at a nearby village.
That is followed by Kylo Ren, back by Stormtroopers, attacking an unknown group. We then see another pair of hands repairing Kylo Ren’s helmet. After that, there is a shot of Finn (John Boyega) and Poe (Oscar Issac) standing on a rock formation. It’s unclear if they are on the same desert planet as Rey. But it appears the Finn is now the proud owner of Rey’s staff.
There’s a shot of BB-8 and a brand new droid named Dio.
After that, we hear the laugh from the charming and ultra-smooth Lando Calrissian (Billy Dee Williams), who is piloting the Millennium Falcon. Along with Chewie, the two are seen taking the piece of junk through lightspeed.
Another tag is revealed that reads: “The Saga Comes To An End.”
A shot of two fighters chasing Poe, Finn, and C-3PO is seen. It seems as though the three are in real trouble as they are more focused on outrunning the fighters than shooting them down.
Another pair of holds rubbing a medal is seen. Once again, we don’t know who these hands belong to or why this medal is important. But the next scene is what will surprise a lot of people.
We get our first look at the late Carrie Fisher as General Leia Organa. In it, we see her embrace Rey, who is seen shedding a tear. We then overhear Luke say “We’ll always be with you.”
Right before the trailer comes to an end, we see a shot of Rey, Poe, and Finn, with Chewbacca, BB-8, C-3PO and the new droid Dio, looking towards the remains of a destroyed Death Star. It’s not clear where they are. But before the Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker title is revealed, we hear a dark and menacing laugh from what we can only presume to be Emperor Palpatine.
Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker opens in theaters on December 20, 2019.