Audiences can expect to see more TV spots, posters and other teasers between now and the release of the highly-anticipated Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker in less than a month. A lot of the marketing surrounding the upcoming film features subtle callbacks to previous installments in the expansive Skywalker Saga.
The newly released RealD 3D poster features the stars of the sequel trilogy and yet somehow -- in its own subtle way -- evokes promotional material for Star Wars: A New Hope, the Star Wars film that began this beloved story about space-faring knights, an evil Empire and the powerful but mysterious Force.
Fans have been quick to draw comparisons. Most notably, Rey's pose and placement atop a hill against a backdrop of a dark, masked villain can certainly be compared to Luke's depiction in the poster for A New Hope, possibly symbolizing Rey's role as Luke's successor. The two posters even make use of the same overall colors scheme.
The few descriptions provided by the filmmakers and expansive cast have indicated that The Rise of Skywalker will conclude the story of the Skywalker family and, in some ways, bring the story full circle -- something that the film seems to be doing by bringing Emperor Palpatine back.
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 on Dec. 20.