We are going to show you things only true fans observed in The Rise of Skywalker trailer! Well, it is finally here: the trailer for the final installment of the Skywalker Saga. And with the trailer we finally get a title: The Rise of Skywalker. Thinking of that Luke Skywalker appeared to purchase the moisture farm at the finish of The Last Jedi, we can not help but wonder just which Skywalker is about to increase. We can only guess at what some of the scenes in this trailer might mean. But rest guaranteed – a dearth of actual knowledge never stopped us from hypothesizing feverishly about trailers before. Crack open your Wookieepedias, and dust off your holocrons – here are the tiny details you might’ve missed in the very first trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
After two mainline motion pictures’ worth of fans continually wondering where smooth operator Lando Calrissian, played by BIlly Dee Williams, might well be hiding, the teaser finally verified that he will return in The Rise of Skywalker. And he’s right back where fans last saw him 36 years ago at the finish of Return of the Jedi, sitting in the pilot’s seat of the Millennium Falcon and having a grand old time. His co-pilot this time out is not rebel smuggler Nien Nunb – who incidentally continues to be active in the Resistance movement. Instead, it is none other than Chewbacca accompanying Lando on a leap through hyperspace. Where are they headed? A really curt shot of a battle scene looks like it could take place in Lando’s old stomping grounds, Cloud City.
Of course, fans have seen Lando in a motion picture since Jedi: 2018’s Solo: A Star Wars Story, where he was characterized by Donald Glover rather than Williams. Interestingly, Williams appears to be wearing the same, or at least a really comparable, yellow-and-black costume as the one Glover wore in the prequel. Maybe he’s making an attempt to recapture the swashbuckling days of his adolescence? Or perhaps it is just so newer fans will recognize him.
Arguably the most touching moment in the very first teaser for The Rise of Skywalker is the concise shot of Leia and Rey embracing in a forest-like setting. A single rip runs down’s Rey’s cheek as Luke’s voiceover intones, “We are going to always be with you.” While the in-universe context for this heartfelt hug continues to be unidentified, we do know that scenes featuring the late Carrie Fisher in The Rise of Skywalker are really unused clips from The Force Awakens.
Much to the relief of Fisher fans world-wide, Lucasfilm declared in July 2018 that her character would not be controversially resurrected via CGI, like Peter Cushing’s Grand Moff Tarkin in 2016’s Rogue One. Instead, Abrams and his team would find a way to work with a number of scenes that had gone unused from Episode VII, as director J.J. Abrams told the crowd at the Star Wars Celebration 2019 in Chicago.
So while it’s still unclear why, exactly, Leia and Rey are sharing this particular moment, we know that it’s not just a tacked-on deleted scene. Whatever it was that prompted this embrace in the Episode VII script changed the course of Episode IX’s story, one way or another, meaning Fisher had a posthumous influence on the direction of the Star Wars universe – a fitting tribute to the legendary Leia. Keep watching the video to see the small details you missed in the Star Wars Episode IX trailer!
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Lando’s back in the saddle | 0:34
Cutting room floor | 1:40
Dark Helmet lives | 2:57
Dead Star | 3:51
Testing our medal | 4:45
The last laugh | 5:35
Just deserts | 6:51
Avoid the droid? | 7:56
Join the Skywalkers | 8:43