As the release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker draws nearer, more and more images, clips and interviews are surfacing to offer fans a taste of what they can expect in the final chapter of the Skywalker Saga. The latest of these offerings in an intense still featuring Rey and what is presumably Kylo Ren.
The image, released by Fandango, sees Rey clutching her lightsaber as she menacingly stares down a figure cloaked in black whom, judging by their scale, is likely the new Supreme Leader of the First Order as opposed to Emperor Palpatine. Plus, in true J.J. Abrams fashion, there's even a lens flare.
Of course, while lightsaber clashes will feature prominently in Episode IX, it's Rey's non-Force abilities that could prove key to defeating the First Order. "The scavenger who is desperate and haggling for portions and trying to survive [in The Force Awakens] — those special skills and that special experience ends up being something that is essential to saving the galaxy," Abrams said of Rey.
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, Anthony Daniels, Mark Hamill, Billy Dee Williams and Carrie Fisher, with Naomi Ackie and Richard E. Grant. The film arrives Dec. 20.