How is the decades-long saga going to end?
In the beginning, there was a kid called Anakin, who loved pod racing and hated coarse sand. Fast-forward a couple of generations, and the series of events that boy launched is now coming to an end. So says the last Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker trailer before the film’s release this December. “The saga will end, the story lives forever,” it tells us, in no uncertain terms.
Where to even start? I guess I’m going to get my main gripe out of the way, which is that if I have to watch C-3PO literally die onscreen, I will riot in the theater while crying. There’s still not as much visual invention in this reveal-all trailer as in The Last Jedi, but I love the shot of the TIE fighters approaching that mysterious ice island. What’s more, it looks like Emperor Palpatine is hooked up to some kind of super-intimidating life-support system, which helps him to menacingly tower over Rey (Daisy Ridley). Those shots of her and Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren fighting on the drowned ruins of the Death Star are something else, too.
Crazy to think it’s only been four years since we were introduced to this new Star Wars trilogy. Honestly, it feels like Rey, Finn, Poe, BB-8, and the rest of the gang have been around a lot longer.
Wherever the world (make that universe) of Star Wars goes next, it’s definitely a good idea to shift the focus away from the virtual royal family of the whole story and start reaching into farther corners of that far, far away galaxy for new stories, cute robots, and ragtag gangs of messed-up hot warriors the Internet desperately wants to see kiss in every possible combination and configuration.
Rise of Skywalker also stars John Boyega, Kelly Marie Tran, Oscar Isaac, newcomer Keri Russell, and a returning Billy Dee Williams as Lando Calrissian. It will be released on December 20.