Star Wars fans got the surprise of their life over the weekend, as a new trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker was released to the public.
And yes, it looks darn good.
The trailer features long-loved characters such as Rey, Kylo Ren, Finn, Poe Dameron, Chewbacca, BB-8, C-3PO and Lando Calrissian. Fans will recall that the first trailer debuted all the way back in April during a Star Wars celebration in Chicago. The upcoming movie was further teased during the Disney D23 Expo in California on Saturday (August 24) via the unveiling of a new movie poster to accompany the new movie.
“It’s hard for me to understand the story is ending,” said Anthony Daniels (C-3PO) on stage at the Expo, according to Entertainment Weekly. “But what an ending. You’ll love it.”
Much to the delight of fans, the late Carrie Fisher is set to play an important role in the movie.
“Of course, we can’t talk about the cast without talking about Carrie Fisher,” director J.J. Abrams said during the Disney D23 Expo. “And the character of Leia is really in a way the heart of this story. We could not tell the end of these 9 films without Leia. And we realized that we had footage from episode 7 that we realized we could use in a new way. So Carrie, as Leia, gets to be in the film.”
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will hit theaters on December 20.