The latest film will see the return of stars from The Last Jedi

By Jodi Guglielmi and Ale Russian
April 12, 2019 01:14 PM
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That galaxy far, far away just got one step closer for Star Wars die-hards.

The first teaser trailer for Star Wars: Episode IX premiered at Star Wars Celebration Day in Chicago on Friday, giving fans the first look at the highly-anticipated film — and the new title.

Before premiering the teaser, director J.J. Abrams teased that the movie picks up “some time” after The Last Jedi. And fans immediately got a glimpse of what that means.

The trailer starts with Daisy Ridley’s Rey breathing hard on a desert planet and getting ready to take on an aircraft with her lightsaber. Scenes from the movie featuring Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac and the rest of the cast then flash as a voiceover from Luke Skywalker (played by Mark Hamill) plays.

“We’ve passed on all we know, a thousand generations live in you now. But this is your fight,” he says.

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As tension builds, the gang — along with BB-8’s new droid friend D-0 — gets together on an alien planet where they find the ruins of the Death Star jutting up like a mountain range. The screen then fades to black, and the chilling laugh of Emperor Palpatine rings. The villain was last seen in Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.

The trailer then ends with the revelation of the title, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

The teaser also showed an emotional scene with Rey hugging Carrie Fisher’s General Leia Organa, who died over two years ago before filming began on Episode IX.

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Fisher, who died in December 2016, will also appear in Episode IX. Last year, Abrams revealed that he planned to use previously “unseen footage” shot for Star Wars: The Force Awakens of Fisher for the film.

“We desperately loved Carrie Fisher,” Abrams said. “Finding a truly satisfying conclusion to the Skywalker saga without her eluded us. We were never going to recast or use a CG character. With the support and blessing from her daughter, Billie, we have found a way to honor Carrie’s legacy and role as Leia in Episode IX by using unseen footage we shot together in Episode VII.

Star Wars: Episode IX is set to premiere December 20, 2019.