“No one’s ever really gone.”
These are the words the tantalizing first teaser for the upcoming Star Wars Episode IX leaves us with. When Luke Skywalker said it to his sister Leia at the end of The Last Jedi, these were words of comfort. Now, they are words of warning.
Disney studio dropped the first ever glimpse at the long anticipated following up to the Last Jedi at the Star Wars Celebration in Chicago last week. J.J. Abrams gave fans their first look into Episode IX on Friday as well as revealing the official title: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
Daisy Ridley returns as the scavenger-turned-Force-warrior Rey, Adam Driver delves deeper into darkness as Kylo Ren, the prodigal son of Leia and Han; and John Boyega and Kelly Marie Tran are also back as proof that outcasts and nobodies can still rise up as heroes, not fighting what they hate, but protecting what they love.
Carrie Fisher, who died in 2016, gets a poignant curtain call in this film by way of unused earlier footage of her General Organa. We also see Poe Dameron make a return along with none other than Billy Dee Williams return as Lando Calrissian, piloting the Millennium Falcon once again alongside Joonas Suotamo’s Chewbacca. Newcomers to the cast include Naomi Ackie, Richard E. Grant, and Keri Russell.
The movie promises to be a conclusion to the “Skywalker family saga,” which makes the new title hauntingly ironic. Especially as we hear an all too familiar sinister laugh at the end of the teaser right after seeing he ruins of the Death Star. That’s right, it’s none other than The Emperor himself.
Take a look at the first teaser below along with the film’s poster.