Star Wars: Episode IX May Bring Back a Classic Trilogy Ship

WARNING: The following article may contain spoilers for Star Wars: Episode IX, in theaters Dec. 20.

Following the wrap of principle photography on Star Wars: Episode IX, leaked images have been emerging online from the film. Now, new photos hint at the return of a classic franchise spaceship: Luke Skywalker's X-Wing.

As seen on the Bespin Bulletin's Instagram, Disney/Lucasfilm is doing its best to keep this X-Wing under wraps, but eagle-eyed fans spotted a sneak peek of a red stripe, teasing that this is indeed Luke Skywalker's vessel.

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His iconic ship was last seen in Rian Johnson's The Last Jedi, underwater on the ocean planet Ahch-To. Rumors suggest it could be used in a flashback sequence to illustrate how Mark Hamill's Luke landed on the planet years ago. The X-Wings were the signature ships the rebels used in the original Star Wars trilogy to combat the Empire, with Luke making it famous thanks to his destruction of the Death Star in 1977's Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. The Jedi Master would eventually retreat to Ahch-To and abandon the rebel cause after Ben Solo turned to the Dark Side prior to Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Fans are also speculating the X-Wing will be used for reshoots or with Episode XI actually going back to the rebel base on Yavin, maybe this X-Wing will be one of the old fleet they encounter. With Luke dead and his X-Wing still in its sea tomb, further speculation points to the Resistance repairing some X-Wings to take down Kylo Ren's new vision for the First Order once and for all.

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Directed and co-written by J.J. Abrams, Star Wars: Episode IX 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 is scheduled to open on December 20.

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