Star Wars has a long history of featuring ships from across its expanded lore on screen. In the Special Edition of A New Hope, fan-favorite extra-canonical character Dash Rendar had his ship, the Outrider, appear above Mos Eisley. Touches like these are tributes to the long-time fans, who are invested in the lore and stories surrounding the Galaxy Far, Far Away. The final trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, which will wrap up the Skywalker Saga, is no different, as the footage features an Easter egg fans of the cartoon series Star Wars Rebels will probably recognize.
About a minute into the trailer, a fleet of starships join the Millennium Falcon in what appears to be an epic battle in space. Many of the ships are familiar enough to Star Wars fans, coming from throughout the history of the franchise. But among them is one that caught the attention of Star Wars Rebels fans: The Ghost.
The Ghost belongs to Hera Syndulla, the Twi'lek captain who fought alongside the early Rebellion. Hera was eventually promoted to the rank of General, though what happened to her following the Galactic Civil War (the events of the original trilogy) is unknown. Evidently, the Ghost, either piloted by Hera or some successor to her legacy, will join the Resistance in its final battle. It is uncertain if Hera or the rest of her crew from Rebels will appear in the flesh, or if the ship's appearance will be explained. Still, this seems to indicate the crew of the Ghost has united following the near-destruction of the Resistance in The Last Jedi.
Not the First Appearance of the Ghost
However, this is not the Ghost's first live-action appearance. That honor belongs to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which featured the Ghost fighting alongside the rest of the Rebellion at the Battle of Scarif to recover the plans for the Death Star.
It remains to be seen if the Ghost will do anything of importance during the final battle or if the crew will even cameo in the film. However, it does seem to indicate that J.J. Abrams is drawing from all corners of Star Wars lore for this final confrontation, tying every thread together across the saga's decades spanning history in order to make this finale the most powerful, meaningful ending to a film series ever.
Directed and co-written by J.J. Abrams, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker stars Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong'o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, Billie Lourd, Keri Russell, Matt Smith, Anthony Daniels, Mark Hamill, Billy Dee Williams and Carrie Fisher, with Naomi Ackie and Richard E. Grant. The film arrives on Dec. 20. Advance tickets are available now.