Star Wars Celebration is going on right now in Chicago and the first major panel was kicked off by none other than “I saw the first Star Wars three weeks before any of you” super fan Stephen Colbert. He was joined by Director J.J. Abrams, President of Lucasfilm Kathleen Kennedy, as well as the entire cast of the new movie.
After a lot of discussion regarding filming in new locations, crew bonding and the reveal of BB-8’s new adorable droid friend, we finally got what we were all foaming at the mouth for. A trailer and a title reveal. Before we go any further, just soak it all in:
Episode IX: The Rise Of Skywalker
There’s a lot to glean from this short teaser.
Rey’s Back In The Desert
At some point, Rey is back on a desert planet. We’re not sure if it’s Jakku or Tattooine, or somewhere else entirely (how many desert planets are there in the Star Wars galaxy?
Kylo’s Not Too Happy
Rey is very strong with the Force as she leaps over what appears to be Kylo Ren’s personal star fighter.
There’s Going To Be Battles
It looks like we’re going to see at least one battle. Wouldn’t be “Star Wars” without one. Also, RIP to this Resistance soldier.
There’s A New Droid Obsession
As mentioned earlier, BB-8 has a new friend in the form of Dio. He looks like a duck on a big ol’ wheel. Love.
Billy Dee Williams Is Back
The scoundrel from Cloud City is back in the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon. It might be too much to ask for a flashback so we can see Donald Glover again, but fingers crossed.
We’ll Probably All Cry A Bunch
As promised, Carrie Fisher will reprise her role as General Leia Organa, despite passing away before production on the film began. Abrams and co. assured fans that there would be no hologram nonsense and that they got enough footage from the prior two movies to make it work.
Everyone’s Sticking Together This Time
No more splitting up. Chewie, BB-8, Dio, C3-P0, Rey, Poe, and Finn are ready to face whatever this movie throws at them. Or will they? Because…
Palpatine is Back (?)
Everyone’s favorite hated Emperor does his signature cackle at the end of the teaser. Actor Ian McDiarmid himself walked on stage after the reveal, urging JJ to “roll it again.” Was he Snoke’s master? Is he still falling down that big hole? We’ll have to wait and see.
Speaking of waiting and seeing, The Rise of Skywalker (still processing that title) will be out this December.
Finally, I would remiss if I didn’t put this here:
Making this took ten years off my life… pic.twitter.com/FQtG037qED
— Adam Murray (@Atom_Murray) April 12, 2019