Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’s final trailer promises the Force will always be with fans even if this is the end of an era.
The final trailer for Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker has been released by Disney and Lucasfilm.
It was unveiled on Monday night during the half time of a football game between the New York Jets and the New England Patriots in the US.
The footage debuted in the US during Monday Night Football and offered some hints about how the franchise will wrap up the nine-film epic story that George Lucas started in 1977.
This final battle between The Resistance and The First Order is, as expected, foreshadowed through an ideological pull that Rey (Daisy Ridley) is facing between the light and the dark.
The voice of the Emperor is once again heard over footage of Rey and Kylo Ren, sinisterly boasting: “Long have I waited, and now your coming together is your undoing.”
There is growing darkness within Rey as we see her fighting alongside Kylo Ren, but she is also seen presumably battling the First Order with Chewbacca in the Millennium Falcon.
That sequence alone sheds more light on Ridley’s recent hint that The Rise of Skywalker “does the deal” with all of the Reylo fan theories that have cropped up on social media.
Elsewhere, there is a teaser on what happened to C-3PO’s eyes as he wistfully explains he’s taking “one last look at [his] friends”, while Babu Frik tinkers with his circuitry.
This final trailer does end on a hopeful note, with the voice of Luke Skywalker heard saying: “The Force will be with you.”
“Always,” General Leia Organa adds.
Along with the final trailer’s release on Monday night, Disney and Lucasfilm have also officially put tickets for the movie on-sale a full two months before the actual release date. Click here for more details.
Though director JJ Abrams has promised it will be a “cohesive” conclusion, The Rise of Skywalker is set to mark the ending to the Skywalker saga.