A deeper dive into the new footage is on its way

By Anthony Breznican
April 12, 2019 at 01:14 PM EDT

“No one’s ever really gone.”

When Luke Skywalker said it to his sister Leia at the end of The Last Jedi, these were words of comfort. Now, they are words of warning.

The disturbance you just felt in the Force? That was the new teaser for Episode IX — now titled Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker — dropping on the universe.

Director J.J. Abrams gave fans their first look into Episode IX on Friday at Star Wars Celebration in Chicago by debuting the first trailer for the Dec. 20 film.

The movie promises to be a conclusion to the “Skywalker family saga,” which makes the new title hauntingly ironic.

At the end, we get two terrifying moments — one is the ruins of a Death Star iris, now forming a rusting mountain range across the surface of an alien world.

As Rey looks at it, we hear a familiar cackle — it is The Emperor himself.

Just before we hear that sinister laugh, we hear Luke Skywalker say: “No one’s every really gone.”

(When the trailer ended at Celebration, actor Ian McDiarmid — who brought Emperor Palpatine to life in the original films and prequels — appeared on stage. In the character’s signature growl, he said: “Roll it AGAIN!”)

Daisy Ridley returns as the scavenger-turned-Force-warrior Rey, Adam Driver delves deeper into darkness as Kylo Ren, the prodigal son of Leia and Han; and John Boyega and Kelly Marie Tran are also back as proof that outcasts and nobodies can still rise up as heroes, not fighting what they hate, but protecting what they love.

Carrie Fisher, who died in 2016, gets a curtain call in this film by way of unused earlier footage of her General Organa. In the single shot of her in the teaser, she embraces Rey as a single tear rolls down the younger woman’s cheek.

Hotshot X-wing pilot Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) pilots a tractor-tread driven speeder through the sand dunes with C-3PO standing watch on the back end.

We also got to see Billy Dee Williams return as Lando Calrissian, piloting the Millennium Falcon once again alongside Joonas Suotamo’s Chewbacca. The suave old timer can’t contain his joy.

Although Mark Hamill wasn’t at Celebration, he is back in the new movie, fulfilling his “See you around, kid” pledge to Kylo Ren.

C-3PO actor Anthony Daniels, the only performer to have a role in every single Star Wars film, is also back, this time as a somewhat more fearsome version of the golden protocol droid.

Newcomers to the cast include Naomi Ackie, Richard E. Grant, and Keri Russell. See the teaser poster below and get more details on the upcoming film from our recap of the panel.

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