Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Trailer Wows

During Day 2 of Star Wars Celebration, the Star Wars: Episode 9 panel had quite the treat. Hosted by Stephen Colbert, the event wrapped up and graced us with the first Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker trailer.

Yes, we obviously got the film’s title too in the awesomely named The Rise of Skywalker. The teaser trailer is loaded with amazing moments. Rey looking like a complete badass flipping over an incoming Tie-Fighter. Kylo taking down a soldier with his lightsaber drawn. Lando laughing in the cockpit of the Millenium Falcon. Finn and Poe in an epic chase. And a loving embrace between Leia and Rey with Luke’s voiceover echoing “we’ll always be with you.”

The Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker trailer wraps with something no one could expect though. Rey, Finn and Poe appear to find the wreckage of the original Death Star from A New Hope. And as they look down on its remnants, we hear Luke say “no one’s ever really gone” – and then we hearing Emperor Palpatine/Darth Sidious’ infamous cackle.

Holy. Shit. What a Star Wars Celebration panel, indeed.

Throughout the course of the panel, Abrams shed a light on aspects on the final Skywalker film here and there. The director noted that “some time has gone by” between Episode 9 and Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The trio of Rey, Finn and Poe have gone on an adventure. Even going as far as describing it as an “epic space adventure that takes place on many worlds and many places.”

Colbert asked Abrams about his use of practical effects over CGI in the movie. Abrams then noted that the team did “everything we could to keep it in camera”. Meaning they were trying to limit the use of CGI and instead use live shots as much as possible. Which took the crew to variety of different locales.

Abrams also hinted that Princess Leia may be in the film quite a bit. And he confirmed that none of Carrie Fisher’s appearances were digitally rendered. Instead, Abrams and his team utilized previously shot footage of the late actress and molded the plot to suit her dialogue.

This has been a huge week of news for fans of the Star Wars franchise. We now know that Alan Tudyk will return as K-2SO in the upcoming Disney+ live-action Rogue One prequel. You’ll be able to take your Star Wars Pinball on the go with the newly announced Switch version. Jon Favreau’s The Mandalorian will launch with day one of Disney+, November 12th. And we’ll get our first look at Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order tomorrow, which is quite exciting in itself.

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