"No one is ever really gone", says the voice of Luke Skywalker in the first teaser trailer for Star Wars: Episode IX, that will feature the return of the evil emperor Palpatine to threaten the young heroine Rey and the Resistance. The conclusion of heroes we love and miss.
The cast of the new movie is led by Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong'o, Domhnall Gleeson, and Keri Russell. "Lando never left me!" he said. The teaser shows a tender scene between General Leia and Rey, and according to Abrams, Fisher's scenes in Episode IX are actually unused footage from Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
"Star Wars" superfan Stephen Colbert moderated the panel, doing his best to get the tight-lipped cast and creators to reveal anything about the film. Disney has yet to announce a roadmap for the future of "Star Wars" films. (Let those locks flow, Kylo!) Billy Dee Williams made his grand return to the franchise, too, reprising the role of that smooth-talking scoundrel Lando Calrissian. Despite a divisive showing for The Last Jedi, fans have been waiting for the title reveal of the final chapter in the Skywalker saga.
Fans who saw the trailer Friday have already begun speculating about the potential for Rey's parents to be descendants of Palpatine, and that connects to a 2015 theory on the same topic. "The Rise of Skywalker" is being touted as the finale to the Skywalker saga.
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Then we see Rey hold onto a device presented to her in the last Star Wars film. In it, she called the upcoming film, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker as the culmination of the Skywalker Saga but not the end of Star Wars by any means.
Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and director JJ Abrams are already on stage, while the panel's official description also teases there will be "plenty of surprises and special guests". "This is an adventure that the group goes on together". Based on what we heard in the trailer, it sounds like Mark Hamill isn't quite done with Luke Skywalker yet (but he may just be a Force ghost like Obi-Wan and Anakin).
"We'll have to wait and see", Ridley said. The company, until today, hasn't even hinted at the film's name, much less the plot.
Iger said Disney will "take a pause, some time, and reset", after Episode IX's release, adding that "there will be other Star Wars movies, but there will be a bit of a hiatus".