Disney has released perhaps its final teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the 9th episode in the generation-spanning cinematic sci-fi series.
The teaser was released during the televised broadcast of the 93rd annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. While only 30 seconds long, the teaser has given fans enough to carve out any significance they can find before the release of the highly-anticipated finale, which is set to end the so-called Skywalker Saga on December 20th.
The teaser trailer is mostly action, beginning with the tempestuous showdown between Rey and Kylo Ren shown in previous trailers. This time, Emperor Palpatine croaks ominously over the scene in his distinctive voice, saying, "This will be the final word in the story of Skywalker."
As the Millenium Falcon and X-wings engage in their heretofore endless battle with TIE Fighters across multiple locations, fans are also treated to quick shots of old and new series stalwarts alike, including Chewbacca, BB-8, Finn, Poe Dameron and a laughing Babu Frik. We also see a resolute Rey as she looms over the downed, crashed and burning starfighter, presumably once captained by Kylo Ren.
The exact plot of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker remains unclear, but as the teaser trailer repeats in large, bold letters, "On December 20, The Saga Will End."
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.