Published: Sat, April 13, 2019

Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker trailer

Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker trailer

The first Star Wars: Episode 9 trailer was in a galaxy far, far away for quite some time but not anymore.

The teaser dropped at the end of a panel hosted by Stephen Colbert, which featured director J.J. Abrams, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy, and most of the main cast, including Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, and Oscar Isaac.

"Strangely, we were sort of relentless and nearly unbearably disciplined about the story and forcing ourselves to question and answer some fundamental things that at the beginning, I absolutely had no clue how we would begin to address". But one of the biggest questions we've had for months is how the story could possibly include Princess Leia Organa following Carrie Fisher's passing in 2016 after Star Wars: The Last Jedi finished filming. Disney has yet to announce a roadmap for the future of "Star Wars" films.

"In case there's any lingering ambiguity from the trailer (and McDiarmid's appearance at the panel!), I can 100% confirm that Palpatine is back in The Rise Of Skywalker as I just asked JJ", Dyer tweeted. Despite a divisive showing for The Last Jedi, fans have been waiting for the title reveal of the final chapter in the Skywalker saga. As of this writing, we haven't gotten many meaningful details yet, with Kennedy and Abrams talking broadly about how they reached this point and what Episode IX means to them and to Star Wars.

Rian Johnson admitted to changing up some of the ideas J.J. Abrams and crew had for Rey's parents when he made The Last Jedi. As of Friday afternoon, the Rise of Skywalker trailer had been viewed online about 11 million times.

In the new "Rise of Skywalker" trailer, we hear Luke's voice, presumably speaking to Rey.

Abrams confirmed that they're still editing and doing visual effects on the film, but the use of practical effects - as seen in The Force Awakens - is still integral to the heart of the storytelling. We get new worlds, bits and pieces of exciting battle sequences and enticing clues that are already being examined and re-examined. The company unveiled the film's title at a fan event in Chicago on Friday.

Here's what some folks, including Kevin Smith, are emphatically saying about the just-released teaser for Episode IX, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker over on Twitter. But I think when you see the movie, you'll see how it's intended, what it means.

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