The teaser trailer for Star Wars Episode 9: The Rise of Skywalker is here. The first look at the hugely-anticipated next Star Wars film was revealed at the franchise's annual Celebration convention, along with its title. It was introduced at the end of a panel discussion by director JJ Abrams and Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy, and it gives us our first look at the movie and real sense of what to expect. For all the details, check out our Episode 9 trailer breakdown.
The trailer opens with Rey (Daisy Ridley) in the desert, a lightsaber in her hand, as she stares down a First Order fighter coming right at her. We hear Luke Skywalker's (Mark Hamill) voice tell her, "We've passed on all we know. A thousand generations live in your now, but this is your fight." She then runs at it, leaping to attack.
The teaser also shows brief glimpses of many characters, from Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) cutting down foes with his lightsaber to Lando Calrissian (Billy Dee Williams) laughing while piloting the Millennium Falcon.
The short tease also includes footage of Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher)'s role in the film, which looks to include a touching moment with Rey. Though Fisher died before production of the film began, unused footage from Star Wars: The Force Awakens is incorporated to complete her story.
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Fans who watched The Mandalorian panel online during Star Wars Celebration Sunday missed one key thing: never-before-seen footage for the first ever live-action Star Wars TV series. In the room, executive producers Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni showed a behind the scenes featurette as well as full scene and trailer. We’ll start with the trailer.
Things start in a Cantina. We know this by the crazy collection of weird aliens and all the noises you know and love. Cut to a table, and on one end is Greef, played by Carl Weathers, and the other, The Mandalorian, played by Pedro Pascal. The Mandalorian does not take his mask off in any of these scenes.
Greef taks out a bunch of pucks, which are bounty markers and look like things you use to play shuffleboard. “Bail jumper, bail jumper, bail jumper” he says as he lays them on the table. Neither man is impressed as the bounties Greef has. “I’ll take them all,” the Mando says. Greef says that’s all he has, implying he doesn’t want to give them all to him. “What’s the highest bounty you have?”the Mando asks.
“5000 credits,” Greef replies. “That doesn’t even cover fuel these days,” says the Mando. Well, Greef says, there is this one job. It doesn’t have a puck. It’s more a face-to-face, direct commission kind of thing. “Underworld?” The Mandalorian asks. He’s interested. Greef hands him a card and the Mandalorian walks out.
The late Carrie Fisher is known for bringing sharp humor to her time working on film sets. The scenes of hers used in The Rise of Skywalker are no different.
The most notable of the known scenes, first recorded for The Force Awakens, being used in the upcoming Star Wars film is a scene featuring a hug between Rey and General Organa. We don’t yet know to what purpose that scene will be used in the final film in the Skywalker Saga, but we do know a bit more about what it was like filming it, thanks to Daisy Ridley.
In a recent interview with Vulture, Ridley confirmed that she has a strong memory of filming that scene.
“[Fisher] was actually whispering, ‘This is a fucking long hug!’” she told Vulture, laughing. “I was trying to do my acting, like, ‘Oh my god, Carrie!’ There wasn’t any discussion about what we were gonna do.”
Rey first appeared in The Force Awakens, being shown to be a scavenger living on the harsh wastelands of Jakku and scavenging for anything she can in order to survive. Since then, however, we’ve seen her evolve into a fully-fledged Jedi. She has managed to escape Starkiller Base against the odds, beat Kylo Ren during an epic lightsaber showdown and proven herself to be more than a match for Luke Skywalker throughout her time on screen so far.
Kylo Ren is one of the faces of the sequel trilogy. And, like his grandfather Darth Vader, young Ben Solo has proven to be a captivating and magical villain, with his constant mood swings making him unpredictable and dangerous to anybody who crosses his path.
Some called him a weak version of Vader after he was bested by Rey on Starkiller Base during The Force Awakens but, in The Last Jedi, he proved himself by murdering his master, Supreme Leader Snoke. We still don’t know how he turned to the dark side, or why he chose to leave parents Han Solo and Leia Organa behind, but his rise to leader of the First Order has been a sensational journey so far. Will he stay bad when The Rise of Skywalker releases? Only time will tell.
Han Solo was the bold, cocksure character who charmed fans with his confident, risky attitude. And people have been left similarly happy with Poe Dameron who, while not perfect, has shown himself to be a key member of the Resistance.
Poe nearly ruined his reputation within the Resistance when he regularly plots against Vice Admiral Holdo during The Last Jedi but he’s done some sensational things so far. He’s managed to escape Starkiller Base, , survive the consequence crash on Jakku, played a key role in destroying the First Order hub, taken down a Star Dreadnought and lead the fight against Kylo Ren and his army on Crait. The teaser trailer for Rise of Skywalker suggests he will be at the heart of the action once again.