What the Star Wars: Episode IX Teaser Tells Us About The Rise of Skywalker

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

The long-awaited teaser trailer for Star Wars: Episode IX reveals not only the much-speculated title -- it's Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker -- but also the first clues to the plot of the film trumpeted as the end of the saga.

At two minutes, the footage is relatively brief, but enough to fuel even more theories and speculation from the franchise faithful. Below we break down the key moments for The Rise of Skywalker teaser.

'This Is Your Fight'

The trailer opens with Rey on a desert planet, the kind Star Wars loves so well.  As Rey stands there, we hear a voice speaking, "We've passed on all we know ... a thousand generations live in you now. But this is your fight."

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It certainly sounds like Luke Skywalker speaking to Rey, which could suggest the fallen Jedi's appearance as a Force ghost.

Rey vs. Kylo

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Rey then activates her lightsaber as a variant of a TIE Interceptor comes flying at her. She unleashes her lightsaber, runs as the ship flies for her, jumps -- and cut away.

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It's unknown whether Rey's lightsaber Rey is new or a reconstructed version of Luke's. It would run parallel to how Luke built a new lightsaber in Return of the Jedi, but Daisy Ridley confirmed during the Star Wars Celebration panel that Luke and Anakin's old lightsaber is still around.

It's also like that Kylo Ren is piloting the Interceptor, and that this scene will be the start of either their final battle or their first encounter since The Last Jedi.

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An Unknown Gray Planet

Next, there are several shots in short succession, beginning with a gloomy, cloud-enveloped planet, with a large city.

The final shot of the trailer also shows what looks like a half-shattered sphere sitting in an environment much like this planet, which indicates that the two shots possibly take place in the same world. It's possible this may hold some dark secrets (possibly connected to Emperor Palpatine himself).

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The ship traveling there, however, isn't the Millennium Falcon, nor can it be identified as of yet. Anyone can be going there, not necessarily our heroes.

Kylo's Campaign

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Kylo Ren (played by Adam Driver) charging through a flaming forest, lightsaber drawn, thrusting his hilt through someone's torso. While he has his hair flowing in the smoke-filled wind in the first shot, the next shows him reconstructing his iconic helmet.

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After talking about "killing the past," it seems as if Kylo might be having a hard time letting old habits die. But his actions, fighting on the front lines of battle, seems odd for someone who became Supreme Commander of the First Order. Could this new leader be fighting alongside his men? Or is Kylo in search of something? Perhaps Kylo isn't in charge the First Order any longer.

The Resistance

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The trailer then surveys the Resistance: Finn and Poe are depicted in a desert environment (presumably, the same one where Rey is shown earlier), before we're shown BB-8 and his new robot companion, D0, and then the Millennium Falcon traveling through hyperspace, with Chewbacca and its original owner, Lando Calrissian, piloting.

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Following Han Solo's death in The Force Awakens and revelations regarding the AI inside the Millennium Falcon, it seems fitting that, in the final film, Lando return to his old ship. Even more fitting, it runs parallel to Return of the Jedi, in which Lando pilots the Falcon into the second Death Star.

Carrie Fisher

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

After a brief shot of a medal, presumably on of those awarded to Luke and Han at the end of A New Hope, the footage cuts to Carrie Fisher's General Leia Organa embracing Rey.

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Following Fisher's death, it seemed for a while as if The Last Jedi would be Leia's swan song. However, Abrams recycled unused footage shot for The Force Awakens. This is followed by the fitting words, in Luke's voiceover, "We'll always be with you ..."

Emperor Palpatine

The final shot continues the second half of Luke's voiceover: "No one's ever really gone..." As this plays, a sweeping shot reveals Chewbacca, BB-8, C-3PO, Rey, Poe and Finn overseeing what appears to be this massive, split-apart sphere on the other side of some raging ocean. The area looks dead and decayed, with clouds that indicate it might be the same rocky planet shown earlier in the film.

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Looking closer, it certainly appears to be the wreckage of a Death Star, presumably the original one, from the Battle of Yavin. Perhaps they're on Yavin-4. Or maybe this is Endor, and they're looking at what remains of the second Death Star.

But before viewers can take in what they're seeing, the footage cuts to black, and we hear a familiar laugh. It is, indeed, Palpatine: Following the debut of the teaser at Star Wars Celebration, only one actor stood on stage: Ian McDiarmid.

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 December 20.

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