Next ‘Star Wars’ ti­tled ‘The Rise of Sky­walker’

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“No one is ever re­ally gone,” says the voice of Luke Sky­walker in the first teaser trailer for “Star Wars: Episode IX,” which au­di­ences fi­nally learned will be called “Star Wars: The Rise of Sky­walker” Fri­day at a fan event in Chicago.

The closely guarded film from di­rec­tor J.J. Abrams will put an end to the Sky­walker saga that be­gan over 40 years ago, but even as char­ac­ters and ac­tors have passed on, the footage shown at Star Wars Cel­e­bra­tion sug­gests that as with all “Star Wars” films, death is just a tech­ni­cal­ity a long time ago in a gal­axy far, far away.

Mark Hamill’s Sky­walker may have died at the end of the most re­cent in­stall­ment but his voice dom­i­nates the teaser trailer, telling some­one, pos­si­bly Daisy Ri­d­ley’s Rey, that, “this is your fight now.”

Carrie Fisher’s Leia Or­gana is back as well, de­spite the ac­tress’s un­timely pass­ing in De­cem­ber 2016, thanks to un­used footage from “The Force Awakens” that Abrams was able to craft into its own nar­ra­tive for this new film.

“You can’t just re­cast and you can’t just have her dis­ap­pear,” Abrams said.

The film will hit the­aters Dec. 20.

Lu­cas­film Ltd.

John Boyega stars as Finn in “Star Wars: The Rise of Sky­walker,” set to open in the­aters in De­cem­ber.

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