The circle is complete —‘s title is The Rise of Skywalker, and has been revealed Friday to kick off the Star Wars Celebration Chicago weekend.
The trailer leads off with Rey standing in the desert, possibly in communication with Mark Hamill’s Luke Skywalker.
“We have passed on all we know, a thousand generations live in you now,” Skywalker says in a voiceover. “But this is your fight.”
Rey is then speed wielding a white lightsaber and leaping onto a ship. Further shots show Kylo Ren repairing his helmet, a quick look at a laughing Lando Calrissian on the Millennium Falcon with Chewbacca, Finn with Poe in the desert, BB-8 and the new droid named Dio, Rey embracing Leia — and then a cackling laughter that is seemingly from Emperor Palpatine.
“No one’s ever really gone,” Skywalker says, just before the reveal that such a thing might go for the light and dark sides of the Force.
The title, first teaser trailer and more details were revealed as Director J.J. Abrams, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and cast members took the stage to deliver delicious hints about the movie.
A first photo from the movie glimpsed the stage early on, showing the beginnings of a new adventure.
Abrams said that he is currently in the editing and visual effects stage of the film, but did give a tease as to the plot.
“This movie, it’s about this new generation, and what they’ve inherited, the light and the dark,” Abrams said, seeming to reference Rey (Daisy Ridley), Finn (John Boyega), Poe (Oscar Issac) and Kylo Ren (Adam Driver).
Abrams noted that the new film will not take place immediately after, but that Carrie Fisher’s Leia will be a part of the story as previously confirmed.
“You don’t recast that part and you don’t have her disappear,” Abrams said, noting that they found a way to work with her even though she is no longer with us. “What if we could write scenes around her,” the director said, regarding the process of finding a way to include Leia in the film.
Legacy cast member Billy Dee Williams took the stage to note that his Lando character has never left him, and that joining the new movie was a surprise. He also brought with him a look at himself in one of Lando’s flashy outfits.
“I get sick and tired of getting accused of betraying Han Solo… he was up against Darth Vader, he had to figure something out! By the way, did anybody die?” Williams quipped onstage.
Naomi Ackie joined the stage with the cast to reveal her new character named Jana. While very little is known, she did tease that she will be on a “wicked” adventure with the characters. When moderator Stephen Colbert asked if her character is Lando’s daughter as has been rumored, she did not confirm or deny.
“Lando is a very charming man so he can have children all over the universe,” Ackie teased.
John Boyega revealed that thanks to the time jump, Finn is now going to be a full-fledged Resistance Fighter, with a new haircut to boot.
But regarding his longtime nemesis Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie), Boyega confirmed that he has closure. “Phasma yeah she dead,” Boyega said.
Oscar Isaac’s Poe is seen being close to his bestie Finn in a new photo from the film, with Isaac noting that Poe is very serious the friendship between the two.
A new white outfit for Rey was revealed when Daisy Ridley spoke during Star Wars Celebration, with Daisy Ridley noting that while her character did take the Jedi texts from Ahch-To, how much she has read is up in the air.
“As we saw those books are pretty large, she may have started,” Ridley teased. She deflected questions about whether she has any new Force powers, though.
Ridley did reveal though that Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber did survive the events of The Last Jedi, so looks like that item is coming back into play.
And a look at Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren was also teased, with Ridley revealing that scenes involving Kylo will keep the character clothed, as opposed to the shirtless telepathic conversations the two had in The Last Jedi. However the two likely will keep some version of their personal connection, although Ridley couldn’t say much.
“I guess the Kylo and Rey thing… we’ll have to see,” she said.
And BB-8 will have a new friend in the form of the droid Dio, who rolled out onto the Celebration Chicago stage.
premieres Dec. 19 in the UK and Dec. 20 in the US and Australia, If you want to catch up or revisit the saga in the meantime, to watching all the movies online in chronological order.
Celebration Chicago runs until Monday — here’sfrom the rest of the weekend.