Warning: This put up incorporates spoilers for Star Wars: The Drive Awakens and Star Wars: The Final Jedi

Followers have waited over a 12 months for the primary footage from the ninth and ultimate entry within the Star Wars Skywalker saga. Director J.J. Abrams lastly dropped the primary teaser trailer throughout Star Wars Celebration on April 12. Although the trailer itself revealed little concerning the plot of the film, Abrams and the solid, together with Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Oscar Isaac, revealed some tantalizing data throughout the panel.

The most important information is that the film will be called The Rise of Skywalker, although that title is extra cryptic than it initially sounds. Abrams stated that the three heroes of the latest trilogy — Rey (Ridley), Finn (Boyega) and Poe (Isaac) — could be united in an journey for the primary time. He additionally stated that they might face “the greatest evil.” The trailer went on to disclose who, precisely, that evil presence could be, stunning followers within the course of.

Listed below are the most important takeaways adopted by an intensive evaluation of the Star Wars: Episode IX — The Rise of Skywalker trailer.

Star Wars: Episode IX shall be titled The Rise of Skywalker

It’s unclear which Skywalker, precisely, is the titular character of this movie. There are a number of choices: Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher) and Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) are the one remaining residing Skywalkers. Director J.J. Abrams has emphasised that this movie will focus closely on the brand new era of heroes and villains, not the outdated, so Kylo is probably the extra seemingly candidate. If he will get a redemption arc, than he may very well be the Skywalker who lastly balances the forces of Mild and Darkness.

Nonetheless, Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) will nonetheless have a serious position on this movie. Although he turned one with the Drive (i.e. died) in Final Jedi, his voice echoes all through the trailer. He might seem as a visage to Rey and even return corporally in a roundabout way.

However maybe the probably candidate is Rey. Although Kylo instructed Rey that her dad and mom bought her for ingesting cash within the final movie, he might have been mendacity to her or simply making issues up. (He looks as if the type of man who would neg her.) Many followers nonetheless keep that Rey is expounded to the Skywalkers in a roundabout way. Alternatively, she might turn out to be a Skywalker by way of adoption or marriage. Rey has been the central character of the final two movies, and it might make sense for her to be the connecting hyperlink to the outdated heroes within the so-called Skywalker Saga.

Some followers have additionally posited that Skywalker will turn out to be a title, quite than a reputation. The final two trilogies each ended with titles that centered on a bunch of individuals: Revenge of the Sith and Return of the Jedi. Rise of the Skywalker would parallel properly with these two different titles if “Skywalker” involves be a reputation for somebody who finds stability within the Drive. Bear in mind, Luke needed the Jedi to finish in Final Jedi.

Emperor Palpatine is again

On the very finish of the trailer, somebody cackles whereas the display screen is darkish. It sounds an terrible lot like Emperor Palpatine, Vader’s boss and the large baddie from the unique trilogy. And certain sufficient, Ian McDiarmid, who performed Emperor Palpatine in earlier movies, stepped onstage at Star Wars Celebration after this a part of the trailer.

Abrams stated that our group of heroes will face the “greatest evil” on this movie. That would consult with Palpatine, who’s nearly as evil as they get. It’s unclear how Palpatine would have survived Darth Vader throwing him down a Loss of life Star reactor shaft in Return of the Jedi and the following explosion of the Loss of life Star. However maybe he seems as a ghost to Kylo, simply as Luke seemingly will seem as a ghost to Rey. (Extra on that later.)

Carrie Fisher’s Leia Organa will seem within the movie

Although Carrie Fisher passed away earlier than filming of Episode IX begun, filmmakers and stars have previously said in interviews that director J.J. Abrams deliberate to borrow unused footage that Fisher filmed for The Drive Awakens and The Final Jedi for the brand new movie. On this trailer, we get our first glimpse of Fisher’s Leia hugging Ridley’s Rey, which was maybe shot after the demise of Han Solo (Harrison Ford).

Oscar Isaac has stated in interviews that he and Fisher shot a number of scenes that had been reduce from Final Jedi. And it does certainly appear like lots of Leia’s scenes within the movie will concentrate on her mentor-mentee relationship with Isaac’s fighter pilot, Poe.

Mark Hamill’s Luke Skywalker can even seem

Although Hamill’s Luke Skywalker turned one with the Drive — basically, died — on the finish of Final Jedi, Hamill has confirmed he’ll act in some type in Rise of Skywalker. (There’s a precedent for ghostly appearances: Obi-Wan and Yoda appeared in spectral type in earlier movies.) And Luke’s voice closely options within the trailer.

Given the title of the movie, it may very well be that Luke has a bigger position to play on this film than followers initially anticipated, particularly if he’s the “rising” Skywalker and is resurrected in some type.

The Rise of Skywalker would be the finish of the Skywalker Saga

Isaac not too long ago confirmed in an interview that Rise of Skywalker could be the ninth and ultimate film to concentrate on the Skywalker household. The earlier movies have centered on Anakin Skywalker, his son Luke Skywalker, his daughter Leia Organa and, these days, Leia’s son Kylo Ren (Adam Driver).

All through these movies, the Skywalker household has struggled to discover a stability between the Mild and Darkness. In The Final Jedi, Kylo Ren briefly denounced each the evil First Order and the heroic Resistance and tried to steer Rey (Daisy Ridley) to begin a brand new order with him. Rey refused, and Kylo Ren angrily pursued her and Luke within the final act. The trailer makes clear that a lot of the film will concentrate on whether or not Kylo will be redeemed.

Some followers nonetheless keep that Rey seemingly has a connection to the Skywalker clan too. In Final Jedi, Kylo instructed her that her dad and mom had been drunks who bought her off for ingesting cash, however he might have been mendacity. The trailer leaves the query open-ended, although the title of the movie actually will buoy some followers who’ve maintained Rey has been a Skywalker all alongside. She appears extra highly effective than ever on this movie.

No matter the way forward for the Star Wars Cinematic Universe, followers can virtually actually say farewell to the unique trio, Luke Skywalker, Leia Organa and Han Solo after Episode IX. Future Star Wars movies will deal with different tales.

There’s a time soar between Final Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker

J.J. Abrams confirmed at Star Wars Celebration that there’s a couple of 12 months soar between the occasions of Final Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker.

Breaking down each second of the Star Wars: Episode IXtrailer

0:18 Rey is on a desert planet, possibly her residence planet of Jakku or presumably Tatooine, the place the Skywalker story started. She’s on the point of battle somebody or one thing. Within the background Luke’s voice says, “We’ve passed on all we know. A thousand generations live in you now. But this is your fight.” The scene emphasizes that the brand new era of heroes has inherited the battle between the First Order and the Resistance — but in addition the movie.

0:27 Rey pulls out her lightsaber as she watches a ship strategy from the space. The lightsaber seems to be to be the blue saber that Luke utilized in Empire Strikes Again and that Anakin used earlier than him. The lightsaber ties Rey to each these Skywalkers and will point out that she, too, belongs to that household — even supposing Kylo instructed her she was born of drunken nobodies in Final Jedi. Kylo might have been mendacity.

0:53 Some form of variation on a TIE Fighter approaches her. It seems to be like an upgraded model of the one which Kylo Ren has been flying within the latest motion pictures. It’s onerous to see right here, however the TIE Fighter is painted purple within the heart, which is harking back to Emperor’s Guard ships from prolonged Star Wars lore. Extra on that later.

0:57 We get a shot of the fingers controlling the TIE fighter. These gloves virtually actually belong to Kylo Ren.

Additionally the truth that the ship isn’t capturing at Rey might additionally trace on the driver being Kylo. Bear in mind, he and Rey had a Drive connection (and possibly even a love connection?) within the final film. Plus Kylo has a report of not capturing individuals he truly cares about. (He pulled away when he had the possibility to shoot his mom, Leia, within the final film.)

1:07 Rey’s powers clearly proceed to develop. She’s actually leaping onto or out of the way in which of a ship on foot. The truth that she has her lightsaber out suggests she’s going to take out this TIE Fighter and make this a fairer battle.

1:14 An unknown ship on an unknown planet. Excited to see what this location seems to be.

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1:16 Lastly, we get a shot of Kylo Ren’s face. Right here he has his signature lightsaber and is taking out what seems to be to be a fighter for the Resistance. Apparently he’s nonetheless a foul man, at the least for now.

Final we noticed Kylo he was at the least a bit conflicted about his place within the universe. He requested Rey to desert the Resistance and be part of him in creating a brand new ruling class, separate from the First Order. Rey rejected his proposal, which left Kylo fairly offended. He seemingly rejoined the First Order on the finish of the film as he tried to kill Leia, Luke and the Resistance. However Rey helped the Resistance escape.

1:17 We see that is, the truth is, a bigger battle scene with a stormtrooper capturing at Resistance fighters within the background.

Kylo Ren's restored helmet in STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER.
Kylo Ren’s restored helmet in STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER.
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1:18 Maybe essentially the most intriguing shot of the movie. Kylo (or somebody) fixing his helmet. Bear in mind, Kylo discarded the helmet when Snoke (Andy Serkis) referred to as infantile in Final Jedi. Maybe Kylo is deciding to idolize Vader once more? How would possibly Palpatine issue into that call?

Additionally whoever is fixing this helmet both has furry fingers or furry coat sleeves. Unclear who that may very well be.

Finn (John Boyega) and Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) in STAR WARS:  THE RISE OF SKYWALKER.
Finn (John Boyega) and Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) in STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER.
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1:19 The bromance lives! Finn and Poe, who bonded early in Drive Awakens when then-stormtrooper Poe helped Finn escape the clutches of the First Order, obtained little time onscreen collectively in Final Jedi. However Abrams confirmed that Rey, Poe and Finn will all go on an journey collectively on this film — a primary for the franchise.

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1:21 Abrams revealed throughout Star Wars Celebration in Chicago on April 12 that BB-Eight would get a brand new buddy on this film referred to as D-O. He seems to be impressed by OneWheel electrical skateboard.

Lando Calrissian (Billy Dee Williams) in STAR WARS:  THE RISE OF SKYWALKER.
Lando Calrissian (Billy Dee Williams) in STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER.
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1:23 Regardless that this film will concentrate on the following era of heroes, we do get one acquainted face within the trailer: Billy Dee Williams is returning to the live-action Star Wars motion pictures as Lando Calrissian for the primary time since Return of the Jedi. He’s flying the Millennium Falcon (which, keep in mind, was his ship till Han Solo gained it from him) with Chewbacca.

(Minor spoilers for Solo.) The reunion between Lando and the ship is especially poignant given the truth that followers discovered Lando’s shut pal and droid L3-37’s consciousness was uploaded into the ship.

C3PO (Anthony Daniels), Finn (John Boyega) and Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) in STAR WARS:  EPISODE IX.
C3PO (Anthony Daniels), Finn (John Boyega) and Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) in STAR WARS: EPISODE IX.
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1:31 Poor C-3PO (Anthony Daniels) finds himself in the course of one other dogfight. This time he stands alongside Poe and Finn. This seems to be to be the identical desert location the place the 2 males had been earlier within the trailer, maybe Jakku. Abrams could also be making an attempt to insert a couple of callbacks to the unique trilogy on this movie, as he did with Drive Awakens. This motion scene evokes the battle towards Jabba on the barge in Return of the Jedi.

Memory of Victory’s Past in STAR WARS:  THE RISE OF SKYWALKER.
Reminiscence of Victory’s Previous in STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER.
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1:33 Somebody, presumably Leia, seems to be at what seems to be one of many medals that Luke and Han acquired after the Battle of Yavin IV on the finish of A New Hope. (Justice for Chewie, who was disadvantaged of a medal!) Although Fisher died earlier than Lucasfilm started filming Episode IX, Abrams stated that he included unused footage of Leia from A Drive Awakens into Rise of Skywalker and wrote scenes round her. That is seemingly a type of scenes.

General Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher) and Rey (Daisy Ridley) in STAR WARS:  THE RISE OF SKYWALKER
Basic Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher) and Rey (Daisy Ridley) in STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER
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1:34 Leia and a crying Rey share a hug, whereas Luke intones, “We’ll always be with you.” The shot doubles as a thematic second and an ode to Fisher.

(Left to right( Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo), BB-8, D-O, Rey (Daisy Ridley), Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) and Finn (John Boyega) in STAR WARS:  THE RISE OF SKYWALKER
(Left to proper( Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo), BB-8, D-O, Rey (Daisy Ridley), Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) and Finn (John Boyega) in STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER
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1:37 The gang is all right here! That is the primary time that Rey, Finn, Poe, C-3PO, BB-Eight and Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo) have all been collectively within the film, excepting the final moments of Final Jedi when Poe and Rey met for the primary time. Conspicuously lacking are their chief, Leia — who seemingly despatched them off on a mission — and Rose (Kelly Marie Tran), who was in a coma on the finish of Final Jedi.

1:39 They stare upon what seems to be to be a fallen a part of the Loss of life Star. That implies that they’re most likely on Endor trying on the second Loss of life Star. Luke says, “No one is ever really gone,” which sounds hopeful, till you concentrate on the truth that they’re trying on the Loss of life Star.

And certain sufficient, the display screen goes darkish and Palpatine begins to cackle. So, sure, Palpatine is again. Abrams stated throughout the panel that the nice guys face “the greatest evil” on this film, and that would very properly be the previous Emperor.

How, precisely, Palpatine survived Darth Vader throwing him down a shaft to his demise is unclear.

1:59 And right here we arrive at crucial shot in the entire trailer: The title card. The trailer reveals that the movie shall be titled “Rise of Skywalker,” although it’s unclear which Skywalker they’re speaking about: Luke? Leia? Anakin? Kylo? Or possibly even Rey? Any are a risk.

Write to Eliana Dockterman at eliana.dockterman@time.com.


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