So many questions to go along with this trailer and the main one that everyone will be talking about happens at the end. Is that the laugh of the late Emperor Palpatine?
J.J. Abrams and Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy were on the stage delivering talking points for the upcoming third installment of the third trio of Star War saga films coming to theaters in Christmas 2019.
One of the main questions was how they were going to include the late Carrie Fisher who passed away during the filming of the The Last Jedi. Both Abrams and Kennedy concluded they would not be using CGI to bring back Princess Leia — but she will be a part of “The Rise of Skywalker,” via unseen footage from “The Force Awakens,” which should be a treat.
“The craziest part is how not crazy it feels. Princess Leia lives in this film in a way that is kind of mind-blowing to me,” Abrams said.
The opening scene of the trailer stars Rey (Daisy Ridley) standing in a vast desert and then suddenly pulling her lightsaber from her side. The voice of Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamil) is heard saying: “We’ve passed on all we know. One thousand generations live in you now.” We then see Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) battling a mysterious force with his lightsaber. Rey hugs Princess Leia (the late Carrie Fisher), Billy Dee Williams returns as Lando Calrissian, a few scenes of the cast of the last two movies and then the epic emotional image of a crashed Death Star. Short version: This movie looks epic.
Abrams instructed the audience that “The Rise of Skywalker” is the final installment on the Skywalker Saga and it’s nine films. “This movie, it’s about this new energy and what they’ve inherited, the light and the dark,” Abrams said.
Abrams also added that the characters would face “the greatest evil.” One last thing I have to tell you about and that was the ending of the trailer. The familiar laugh of Emperor Palpatine (the villain of the original films) was heard which only means one thing right?