Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Trailer Features the Late Carrie Fisher

Oh, everyone thought this was Game of Thrones’ weekend, but (surprise!) big daddy Star Wars is here to zap away everyone’s attention, at least for a few minutes, with the unexpected release of the first teaser trailer for Star Wars: Episode IX, now officially known as The Rise of Skywalker. It’s the concluding film in the main Skywalker saga that began all the way back in 1977.

It’s nearly impossible to glean any major plot points out of the two-minute-and-three-second clip (at least upon first glance), but it should not come as a surprise to anyone that the teaser is heavy on Daisy Ridley’s Rey. She is, as is clear by now, the chosen one of the entire series. “We’ve passed on all we know. A thousand generations live in you now, but this is your fight,” says a disembodied voice.

Mostly, the teaser concerns itself with Rey being chased down by a Tie Silencer (the Starfighter preferred by Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren, though there’s no confirmation he’s behind the wheel) that has come down from the stars and is cruising along the desert floor like a Landspeeder. Of course, she ends up doing what the 12-year-old in us can only describe as a super-sweet twisting backflip, lightsaber in hand.

We then check in with some of our other main characters, albeit just for a second or two: Kylo Ren is busy killing some dudes, as he’s wont to do; Finn is pensively trying to figure out something on a rock; BB-8 is still looking cute. The return of Billy Dee William’s Lando Calrissian is confirmed, and most poignantly of all, we get a glimpse of the late Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia. The film is scheduled for a Christmas release date this year.

The trailer dropped on the same day that Star Wars brass confirmed they’ll be taking a little breather from churning out movies after Episode IX. The lukewarm reception and box office take of Solo: A Star Wars Story put the breaks on turning the franchise into a Marvel Cinematic Universe–style assembly line. There will be a handful of Star Wars shows on Disney’s new streaming service, Disney+, however, and the Game of Thrones show runners David Benioff and D. B. Weiss are still signed on to create some sort of film project eventually. We just won’t be seeing a new movie about lightsabers and the force every single year, as was the original goal.

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