We finally have a new trailer for Star Wars: Episode IX, here’s what we think of it
The first teaser trailer for Star Wars: Episode IX has been revealed at long last alongside the film’s title, The Rise of Skywalker.
The new trailer was unveiled moments ago at 2019’s Star Wars Celebration in Chicago and has made its way online.
You can watch the new trailer just below.
After the struggles faced by Episode VIII: The Last Jedi, Episode IX needed to hook audiences in straight away and the new trailer has done just that.
In typical fashion, the trailer reveals next to nothing.
We begin focused on Rey, alone on a desert planet with a TIE Fighter, the could well belong to Kylo Ren, fast approaching.
A disembodied voice begins to speak, it’s Luke. But the lines we’re hearing are new. This seems to be confirming many fans’ belief that Luke will be appearing in Episode IX, most likely as a force ghost after his fate in The Last Jedi.
We cut away from Rey in the desert to a brief shot of an unrecognised city, nestled in some snowy mountains with an A-Wing en route.
That’s before we get our first and only look at Kylo Ren in the trailer, as he slams an opponent to floor with his lightsaber. After damaging his helmet in The Last Jedi, Kylo’s mask is seen being repaired. Despite the quick shots of Kylo, there’s still no sign of the infamous Knights of Ren. They’re bound to make an appearance though.
There are a few more quick cuts of the film’s characters, including Finn and Poe, before we get a look at Lando Calrissian back in the pilot’s seat of the Millennium Falcon, absolutely loving life.
We get a few more action scenes on the aforementioned desert planet, looks like we could be getting a speeder chase of some sort.
Leia makes an appearance and although the footage is supposedly unused clips from The Force Awakens, you can’t tell here.
But now we’re getting to the real juicy stuff.
Our gang are perched on the top of a cliff, overlooking what could well be part of the Death Star!
The circular mass of debris appears to be the dish used to fire the Death Star’s super laser.
It just so happens that in original concepts for Episode VII, artists had the new hero, who became Rey, venturing through old wreckage of the Death Star but that eventually became the Jakku battlefields. Looks like they could be reusing some of those ideas here.
However, without a shadow of a doubt, the biggest reveal of all is right at the end.
We get Luke’s line from The Last Jedi ‘no one’s ever really gone’ just before hearing something unexpected. The evil and maniacal cackle of the Emperor himself.
Now that is a turn up for the books.
Throughout a lot of the Star Wars extended universe, that Disney wiped from canon, Palpatine made a reappearance after his death in Return of the Jedi. The Emperor had been cloned in those now non-canon stories.
Perhaps something like that will be used again in Episode IX or could he, in fact, be returning as a force ghost of some kind.
Regardless of whatever we speculate, we’ll have the definitive answers come Episode IX’s release in December this year.
And I for one cannot wait until then.
Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker is released in UK cinemas on December 19, 2019.