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