The first TV spot for The Rise of Skywalker is here. Disney decided to air the spot during Sunday Night Football on NBC, as opposed to doing so during the Emmys broadcast. That proved to be a wise decision, as ratings for the Emmys were down this year. In any event, this signals that Episode IX is drawing near, as Lucasfilm is starting to ramp up the marketing for the conclusion of this sequel trilogy, and the Skywalker saga overall.
This spot unfortunately doesn't bring with it any new footage. Instead, this is a slightly condensed version of the D23 trailer that was released online not long ago. So, we get a glimpse at Leia, some Kylo Ren in there, lots of Star Destroyers and Dark Rey at the end, with a little bit of Palpatine dialogue and the Vader breath. The spot aired with the following tagline, signaling that this truly is the end of a story more than 40 years in the making.
Director J.J. Abrams is returning to the franchise after successfully helming The Force Awakens, which ushered in the Disney era of Star Wars and grossed more than $2 billion worldwide. Abrams stepped away to make room for Rian Johnson, who took over as writer/director on The Last Jedi. Following the hiring and subsequent parting of ways with Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow, Abrams was brought back by Lucasfilm to finish what he started. A movie of this size always comes with pressure, but having to close out an entire nine-movie saga in a satisfying way is truly a tall order.
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Much of what we're going to see in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker remains a mystery. We know Palpatine will return, but how that's going to be accomplished is anyone's guess right now. Even intriguing imagery, such as Rey with that double-bladed lightsaber and hood, without further context, raises more questions than it does provide us with any answers. With any luck, we'll be seeing a full-length trailer sooner rather than later, which may finally give us a window into the actual story at hand. Or it could just be more classic Abrams misdirects.
The Rise of Skywalker may go further into Leia Organa's Jedi history. Star Wars fans were shocked to see Carrie Fisher flying through space in Rian Johnson's The Last Jedi. For some, it was just the look that felt out of place, but for others, it seemed to confirm the often-talked about theories of Leia being a Jedi. In the canonical novel Aftermath: Life Debt, Leia is given a little bit of Jedi training from Luke Skywalker. The novel, by author Chuck Wendig, has been the source of a number of theories about the upcoming movie. There are possible SPOILERS for The Rise of Skywalker below, so read ahead at your own risk.
Before digging into the reason Leia Organa did not become a Jedi, we'll dig into a new Rise of Skywalker leak that has been making the rounds. The leak says the movie will begin with a young Luke and Leia training together, but from back in the days of the original Star Wars trilogy. This would mean that we will see some de-aging technology used on Mark Hamill and Fisher. This leak also goes with the rumors we've been hearing about Leia possibly training Rey in the upcoming movie.
This is where another recent leak comes into play. If Leia was in the middle of Jedi training with Luke, why did she stop? It's believed that she was pretty far along into her training and even had her own Lightsaber. But, a major life event changed the course of her life. According to this new leak, she tells Luke in The Rise of Skywalker that she has to stop her training because she is pregnant with Ben Solo. This makes complete sense, but whether or not J.J. Abrams decided to go this route is unclear at this time.
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If Leia had some basic Jedi training, she could be the one to help Rey, along with the ancient Jedi texts, to fill in some gaps. This would also make her sacrifice for Ben Solo even more meaningful and tragic as he grows up to be Kylo Ren of the First Order and murders his father. However, we have been hearing a lot about redemption surrounding The Rise of Skywalker, so we could very well end up seeing the return of Ben Solo at some point.
Emperor Palpatine is back for The Rise of Skywalker and there has been a lot of speculation as to how he returns and why. With the Star Wars franchise's greatest villain making a return to the big screen, we could possibly seen Ben Solo switch allegiances, much like his hero Darth Vader did to protect his family and even Rey. Obviously, this is all speculation for the time being. J.J. Abrams and Lucasfilm will unveil everything later this year when the movie hits theaters. Reddit was the first to talk about the latest Rise of Skywalker leaks.
The Rise of Skywalker is less than four months away, and we're still not sure what the plot is really about. There are plenty of new characters with backstories we've yet to fully discover. And it's expected that the next big official confirmation regarding the final chapter in the Skywalker saga will come on October 4th with Triple Force Friday, when a flood of new merchandise will hit store shelves. Today we have some potential spoilers, and they have a few big implications for John Boyega's Finn.
The Rise of Skywalker is the final chapter in the new Star Wars trilogy that kicked off with J.J. Abrams' The Force Awakens. It is also the end of the Skywalker Saga that begins with The Phantom Menace and carries through The Last Jedi. With a rousing finale planned, there won't be any mysteries left to uncover, and we should get some big answers to any plot threads that have been left to dangle over the course of these nine movies.
So, the big question is, will any of our new or returning characters actually find love in this galaxy far, far away? Through A New Hope to Return of the Jedi we got to see Han Solo and Princess Leia form a union that eventually resulted in the birth of their son Ben, otherwise known as Kylo Ren. But the newer movies haven't really let any of the incoming characters embark on a true romantic relationship.
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Finn has gotten the most female attention across the first two movies, partnering with Rey in The Force Awakens and forming a solid friendship with Rose Tico in The Last Jedi. But in The Rise of Skywalker, he will be forming a bond with another female character, but this time it will be a little different than what we've seen play out before.
Jannah is one of the brand new characters being introduced in The Rise of Skywalker, as played by Naomi Ackie. We've seen glimpses of her in the trailer, but there hasn't been much to go on in terms of character building or backstory. A new report claims that Jannah may be revealed as Finn's sister. The two will be paired for a great deal of The Rise of Skywalker's sure to be epic runtime. They will embark on what is being referred to as a suicide mission, which sounds in line with Finn's proclivity to sacrifice his life for the greater good.
General Pryde's Super Star Destroyer is the rumored target of Finn and Jannah's mission, and it will reportedly be revealed that she was either a former Stormtrooper or that they once tried to kidnap her, and she made an escape. However that plays out, she has a vendetta against the First Order and their Supreme Leader Kylo Ren. Part of this rumor also hints that Kylo Ren discovers Emperor Palpatine while investigating the unknown regions for the source of Snoke's power.
Now, in terms of a romantic relationship, it is also being leaked that Finn has some deep feelings for Rey, but the Jedi my not be reciprocating those feelings. It's not yet clear if the former Stormtrooper will get to share his crush with Rey before things come to a head. At the same time, it is being reported that Rose will still have strong feelings for Finn, and will continue to be his main love interest, causing somewhat of a love triangle.
There are hints that Finn could become a Jedi by the time The Rise of Skywalker comes to a close. Making Star Wars arrives with these reports, pointing to some interesting fan theories that suggest Finn has what it takes to become a Force user. But there is no proof of that actually happening. It's all rumors and theories for now.
Going back to Jannah, it was reported early on that she is the daughter of Lando Calrissian, but that idea could have changed. It has long been suspected that she gets the old smoothie involved with the Resistance's fight against the First Order. That leaves the door open for Finn to possibly be Lando's son, but that all sounds a little too convenient and on the nose. We'll know all the secrets and discoveries when The Rise of Skywalker finally hits theaters this December. At least we have Triple Force Friday to look forward to in a couple of weeks.
Rey is ready for battle in the latest image from The Rise of Skywalker. Lucasfilm released the official picture on social media and Star Wars fans are starting to get excited. We were just treated to some brand-new, albeit brief, footage from the upcoming movie at the D23 Expo a few weeks ago and many are wondering when the second trailer will drop. If the promotional campaign is similar to The Last Jedi, we should expect some new footage next month, possibly during the World Series again.
The new image of Rey sees our hero with her Lightsaber out and ready to strike. It appears to be from the same scene where she is getting ready to take down Kylo Ren's TIE Fighter in The Rise of Skywalker trailer. However, that has not been confirmed. The photo's caption reads: "Something inside me has always been there. But now it's awake," which is a truncated version of The Last Jedi quote. Rey previously spoke with Luke Skywalker pleading, "Something inside me has always been there... but now it's awake, and I'm afraid. I don't know what it is, or what to do with it, and I need help."
A lot has changed since The Last Jedi. Rey appears to be more confident in her abilities and is ready to take on just about everything. We have seen her go after Kylo Ren's TIE Fighter and battle him on the Death Star ruins, but she is going to have a whole new level of evil in The Rise of Skywalker with the return of Emperor Palpatine. It is unclear how the Emperor will return from the grave, but many Star Wars fans are willing to bet that the Death Star has something to do with it.
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The image does a good job of concealing any other details about The Rise of Skywalker. The focus is put directly on Daisy Ridley's Rey and her confident look. We can't tell which planet she is on or who could be with her, which is obviously by design. Hopefully, Lucasfilm and Disney will go forward and release some more of these images leading up to the new trailer and give us some new looks at other characters from the movie.
The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters at the end of December, which isn't too far away from now. J.J. Abrams is back behind the camera and is putting an end to the Skywalker saga after kicking everything off with The Force Awakens in 2015. Expectations are high, and there are a lot of fans who are waiting for some answers, especially after Rian Johnson's The Last Jedi. Abrams and crew have a lot of pressure on them to deliver the goods, but they all seem confident that they already have. You can check out the new image from The Rise of Skywalker below, thanks to the Star Wars Twitter account.
"Something inside me has always been there. But now it's awake." pic.twitter.com/RGQ3qywzLm
The Rise of Skywalker trailer provided us with our first hint at the return of the iconic Death Star. Since then, there have been a flood of questions about which Death Star it actually is. J.J. Abrams and Lucasfilm have been doing an excellent job keeping everything under wraps, so we probably won't really know until the movie hits theaters later this year. Thankfully, an older Star Wars novel from 2017 may provide some tips as to which Death Star is being teased in The Rise of Skywalker trailer.
The Star Wars book Aftermath: Life Debt was written by Chuck Wendig and released in 2017. In the book, there is a chapter about the Alderaanians that were "off world when the planet got destroyed," during the events of A New Hope. After the Empire fell, they gathered together and "settled in the system on a flotilla of ships." The chapter in question ends with "Leia gifting them Alderaanians the remains of the first Death Star to build a permanent space station in the system out of it."
Since the first Death Star pieces were given away, it's safe to assume that it's all gone. This leads us to the second Death Star, which has been the prevalent theory amongst Star Wars fans. There have been some who believe that the planet shown in The Rise of Skywalker trailer is Yavin IV, but it's beginning to look like it really is Endor, especially considering how close the Death Star was to the planet when it was taken out. The second Death Star is also where Emperor Palpatine was killed, which brings everything back together.
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With Emperor Palpatine returning in Rise of Skywalker, the second Death Star seems to make the most sense. The ruins could be where Palpatine is possibly resurrected in the upcoming movie, though we're not sure how at this time. And if this is indeed Endor that we're looking at, we will undoubtedly end up seeing some elderly Ewoks. J.J. Abrams isn't going to just bring us back to Endor for some Death Star ruins. He'll have to have a couple of the little furry dudes running around too, at least for a moment.
Has Emperor Palpatine been haunting the Death Star ruins on Endor for all of this time? This could very well be the case, though there are a number of ways the Emperor could have returned. As for the Death Star, it will be interesting to see how this all fits into the current trilogy and how J.J. Abrams incorporates it into the storyline. For now, we'll just have to wait, but there are some pretty huge teases in the Rise of Skywalker promotional footage. Speaking of which, we should have a new trailer out sometime next month, so perhaps there will be more information there. The chapter breakdown from Aftermath: Life Debt was first revealed on Reddit.
Let the countdown begin, as we're 100 days away from The Rise of Skywalker. Lucasfilm has officially kicked off the countdown, with a teaser that focuses on the duel between Kylo Ren and Rey, which we saw in the recently released trailer from D23. The brief teaser was shared with the following caption.
"100 days until the saga ends... #TheRiseOfSkywalker is in cinemas 19 December!"
The Rise of Skywalker arrives in the U.K. on December 19, whereas it officially rolls out nationwide in the U.S. on December 20. However, given the popularity of Thursday night preview screenings, the movie will essentially be making its way to theaters on the evening of the 19th domestically. So, either way, we're at that 100-day countdown. And, even though the conclusion to this sequel trilogy is just over the horizon, we're still left with a great many questions and precious few answers. How will the Skywalker saga conclude? Is it possible to satisfyingly wrap up more than four decades of storytelling in a single movie?
What we know for sure is that J.J. Abrams is back at the helm for this installment. Abrams was recruited by Disney following the $4 billion purchase of Lucasfilm to direct what would become The Force Awakens. Few pop culture events have ever generated that level of hype that Episode VII managed to, and few movies have ever generated such success at the box office, as the long-awaited return to a galaxy far, far away generated more than $2 billion worldwide. Once Colin Trevorrow Jurassic World was fired from Episode IX, it made every bit of sense to turn back to Abrams so that he could finish what he started.
Yet, a lot has changed in the last few years. Rian Johnson took over to write and direct Star Wars Episode VIII, which we now know as The Last Jedi. While a major commercial success, the middle entry in this trilogy remains divisive amongst the fanbase. A small yet vocal contingent has made things particularly ugly since the movie's release. In any event, Lucasfilm now has the unique challenge of trying to please both those who liked The Last Jedi, and those who didn't. Bringing any story to a close is challenging, but this comes with added difficulty.
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Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, Billie Lourd, Mark Hamill and Anthony Daniels all return. Ian McDiarmid will reprise his role as Emperor Palpatine and Billy Dee Williams is finally coming back as Lando Calrissian. New cast members include Naomi Ackie, Richard E. Grant and Keri Russell. Carrie Fisher, though no longer with us, will appear once more as Leia Organa via unused footage from The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi. Be sure to check out the countdown teaser from the Star Wars UK Twitter account for yourself.
100 days until the saga ends… #TheRiseOfSkywalker is in cinemas 19 December! pic.twitter.com/no4qz2IPYT