3PO’s memories were wiped back in Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, but they could be making a comeback in The Rise of Skywalker. Until recently, the beloved droid had been absent from Episode IX marketing, but the latest trailer seemed to hint he could turn into an evil robot. Now, a new photo from The Rise of Skywalker may explain what’s going on with C-3PO’s eyes.
Entertainment Weekly released a bunch of new images from the upcoming Star Wars film this week, and among the standouts was an image of Zorri Bliss holding a golden disc. The photo generated a lot of chatter among the fan community, as it looks almost identical to the disc located inside the back of C-3PO’s head. Over on Reddit, u/ryanwasleger posted a combined image comparing the disc in Zorri’s hand to the one in the protocol droid’s motherboard.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is finally hitting theaters in December, and will serve as the final chapter in the long and beloved Skywalker Saga. The movie will be helmed by Star Wars: The Force Awakens' J.J. Abrams who is expected to complete the story that George Lucas began back in 1977. Earlier today, the official Star Wars account on Twitter shared a little teaser celebrating the fact that the upcoming movie is exactly two months from its release date.
“I can't wait to see this epic conclusion of the Skywalker saga, I feel it's going to be madness and it's going to end the war of all wars, looking forward to the return of our old heroes and the new generations! Looking forward to seeing our princess and her last performance,” @swdarksideytb wrote.
During the Episode IX panel at Star Wars Celebration earlier this year, Abrams teased what fans can expect from the upcoming movie.
“The movie doesn’t pick up immediately after the last film," he shared. "Some time has passed. This movie is an adventure the group goes on together. One of the great things about getting to work on the movie is the dynamic between all of the characters. They’re amazing together, and it’s something I’m excited for you all to see.”
Rey in the jungle. Notice the helmet she dropped had the blast shield down and there’s a little orb following — Rey might have been interupted while practicing the Force with a training remote. She deflects a blast as she flees. She also might have something red in her hand as she jumps? Also: Look at her jump!
The first voiceover is Finn, saying the Force brought them together. The second is Poe Dameron, talking about the Resistance and how “good people will fight if we lead them.” The group is assembled at what looks like a pre-battle meeting. The crowd includes a Mon Calamari and they appear to be looking to Poe and Finn.
A familiar ship?
The ship flying over the trees might be an Alderaan Cruiser — like Leia used in the opening of A New Hope. Later, Leia is in the forest embracing Rey. Is she on the ship?
The ice planet might also be the same location as this ghostly throne. “Long have I waited,” Palpatine intones. “And now your coming together… is your undoing.” This line echoes back to Jedi when the Emperor warned Luke that “faith in your friends” would be his undoing. The throne matches early concept sketches of the Emperor’s throne room dating back to 1981 by legendary Star Wars artist Ralph McQuarrie.
Since the cockpit is open air, one assumes it’s actually meant to travel on the ocean despite having a rather bumpy ride. We can’t see its occupant but its presumably Rey given the ship’s apparent destination.
They’re fighting on the ruins of the Death Star, right? (Presumably the second one). “People keep telling me they know me. No one does,” Rey says, in what sounds like a nod to the glimpse of Darth Rey in the previous footage.
Keri Russell’s Zorri Bliss, described as a scoundrel with connection to Poe, is in a trailer for the first time, hanging out with the Resistance. Presumably they’re near the ice planet since they’re all wearing coats.