Debuted at the Star Wars Celebration event over the weekend, the Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker teaser trailer doesn’t reveal much of the movie’s plot, but it does feature some very intriguing and unexpected moments. The film will conclude the nine-episode series started with 1977’s Star Wars: A New Hope, so besides a dramatic and provocative finish that makes a lot of guys on the internet super mad because whatever, it’s also got several unresolved questions to answer – like, if the existence of Luke Skywalker had to be kept a secret from Anakin, why was he using his dad’s surname on Tatooine, which was also Anakin’s home planet? Okay, maybe not that one.
Here are 10 things from the trailer with big implications for the movie.
Who’s the Skywalker?
The movie’s title is (deliberately?) ambiguous. There are now multiple Skywalkers in the Star Wars universe, living and dead, including Luke, Leia, Anakin, Shmi, and Kylo Ren. And what about Rey? Kylo tells her in The Last Jedi that her parents sold her for booze money, but even if that’s true, every family has that aunt and uncle who aren’t invited for the holidays because of the thing that happened that one time.
Or perhaps, with the end of the Jedi, Skywalker is the name of some new order – and the setup for the inevitable next series.
That lightsaber, though
Yes, that’s Luke’s lightsaber. Which once belonged to Anakin, and now, belongs to Rey. Almost like a family heirloom. Almost.
Are we back where we started?
Although it could be Jakku or Jedha or one of a million other planets in the Star Wars universe, the desert in the trailer’s opening scene very closely resembles Tatooine. And are those moisture vaporators? Those are totally moisture vaporators.
For the first time since Return of the Jedi, Billy Dee Williams reprises his role as the gentleman rogue, and would you know it, he’s got his Millennium Falcon back.
Carrie Fisher might be gone from this world, but not from a different world, a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away. Leia Organa will feature in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, but not as a creepy CGI model – director JJ Abrams apparently plans to include unused footage from The Last Jedi in the movie.
Although Ian McDiarmid doesn’t feature in the trailer, his unmistakable Sith giggle does – preceded by Luke Skywalker’s not exactly subtle voiceover reminder that “no-one’s ever really gone”. I guess if the Jedi can hang around as ghosts, so can Palpatine. Like some sort of… phantom menace.
Or he’s not dead. Not exactly, anyway. It could be one of Palpatine’s clones, established in the Dark Empire series of comics, which conveniently also obviates awkward questions like “… but how?”.
Somebody’s fixed Kylo Ren’s helmet
But unless he’s become some sort of fuzzy space-goblin since The Last Jedi, that’s not Kylo Ren actually doing the job. We also don’t see him wearing it in the trailer, but that doesn’t preclude a mid-movie montage with a reprise of the Imperial March theme music, as Kylo gets dressed for the big finale. Now that Snoke’s out, nobody else would dare tell him how stupid he looks in it.
Because, even if he finds some sort of redemption in The Rise of Skywalker, Kylo Ren is still very much a bad guy
His wobbly convictions in The Last Jedi are apparently irrelevant now. I think he just likes killing people too much.
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Because merchandising is also important.
That’s no moon
Which is a joke that works twice – one, because it’s a Death Star, not a moon, obviously, and two, because the second Death Star was destroyed over Endor, which also isn’t a moon, even though most people think it is – the Ewok home world in Return of the Jedi is a moon, one of nine orbiting the planet Endor. Which could be the planet featured in this scene.