The new “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” trailer just dropped at Star Wars Celebration in Chicago.
The action-packed footage opens with Rey carrying Luke Skywalker’s light saber, as we hear his voice telling her, “We’ve passed on all we know. A thousand generations reside in you now. But this is your fight.”
From there, fans get a glimpse of Kylo, Finn, BB8, Chewie, Poe, C3PO and other franchise favorites.
The significant reveal in the teaser was the feasible return of Ian McDiarmid as the evil Emperor Palpatine, as the trailer ends with what is believed to be his maniacal laugh.
In the course of the Celebration panel, J.J. Abrams didn’t confirm his return, but did mention that the characters would be facing “the greatest evil.”
J.J. told moderator Stephen Colbert, “This film, in addition to getting the finish of 3 trilogies, it also has to function as its personal film. It is about this new generation and what they’ve inherited the light and the dark, and asking the query as they face the greatest evil, are they ready? Are they prepared?”
Fans will be excited to see Billy Dee Williams re-joining the franchise. He returns as Lando Calrissian for the initial time considering the fact that “Return of the Jedi” in 1983!
Abrams told the crowd, “Billy came on to the set… and it just went silent. Everybody was watching. It was so sweet to see the reaction from the persons who have been operating on the film. Honestly, it was an emotional point.”
“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” also characteristics Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia. Fisher passed away in December 2016, but J.J. mentioned they have been capable to incorporate her in the film by making use of footage from “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”
“You do not recast that portion and you do not all of a sudden have her disappear,” Abrams mentioned. “The weird miracle of possessing a quantity of scenes from ‘Force Awakens’ that had gone unused, hunting at these scenes and beginning to fully grasp that there was an basically a way to use these scenes and continue her story, so that it would be her. The notion of possessing a CGI character was off the table… we mentioned, ‘What if we could create scenes about her so it is her efficiency?'”
He added, “Each and every day, it hits me that she’s not right here. It is so surreal mainly because we are operating with her nonetheless, if that tends to make sense. She’s in scenes. She’s alive in scenes.”
“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” opens December 20.