Final 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' trailer teases epic ending
October 22, 2019
October 22, 2019 2:21 PM EDT
New trailer released for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
Over four decades after it began, George Lucas’ Skywalker saga is coming to an end later this year. And to stoke anticipation for the last instalment in the mainline Star Wars series, Lucasfilm and Disney have released the final trailer for December’s The Rise of Skywalker.
The new clip opens with Rey (Daisy Ridley) running through a forest as Finn (John Boyega) says, “The Force brought us together.”
From there, we get to see plenty of new action-packed scenes, including Poe (Oscar Isaac), Finn and Chewbacca blasting their way through a swath of Stormtroopers, Rebels on horseback, and a fresh faceoff between Rey and Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) on top of what appears to be the wreckage of a Death Star as a stormy sea swirls around them. But there’s also a brief sequence which shows the adversaries teaming up to destroy what some are speculating to be Darth Vader’s helmet.
Daisy Ridley is Rey in STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER
“People keep telling me they know me… no one does,” Rey says.
“But I do,” comes Kylo’s reply.
Adam Driver is Kylo Ren in STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER
After teasing the return of the evil Emperor Palpatine earlier this year, we hear more from the Sith Lord.
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“Long have I waited,” Palpatine says as a camera pans over an empty throne. “And now your coming together… is your undoing.”
Elsewhere, we get a glimpse of First Order TIE fighters speeding towards an icy planet and a squadron of Resistance ships, one of which Vanity Fair pointed out might be The Ghost from the Star Wars Rebels animated series, flanking the Millennium Falcon. Even more tantalizing, though, is a brief look at a Hammerhead Corvette, similar to the one that was featured in Rogue One.
Day one Star Wars fans will want to grab a hanky during a scene in which C-3PO (Anthony Daniels) is being rebooted or powered down when Poe asks him what he’s doing.
“Taking one last look, sir,” Threepio says with a note of sadness, “at my friends.”
Anthony Daniels is C-3PO in STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER
There’s also voiceover from Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill): “Confronting fear is the destiny of the Jedi. Your destiny … The Force will be with you.”
“Always,” Carrie Fisher’s beloved Leia Organa adds. Fisher, who died before filming began on Episode IX, appears in the finished film thanks to unused footage she shot for 2015’s The Force Awakens.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, director J.J. Abrams promises The Rise of Skywalker will deliver a satisfying conclusion for fans of the 42-year-old franchise.
“This is about bringing this thing to a close in a way that is emotional and meaningful and also satisfying in terms of actually answering (as many) questions as possible,” Abrams says in next month’s issue. “So if years from now, someone’s watching these movies, all nine of them, they’re watching a story that is as cohesive as possible… We went into this thing knowing it has to be an ending. We’re not screwing around.”
Joonas Suotamo is Chewbacca, Oscar Isaac is Poe Dameron, Daisy Ridley is Rey and John Boyega is Finn in STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER
Still, the new trailer doesn’t offer up any more clues as to the origin of Rey. We likely won’t get an answer to that mystery until the film’s opening day, Dec. 20.