This article contains opinion.
It is once again Star Wars season for mainstream cinemas.
The new teaser trailer for the newly named “Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker” dropped April 12 on the Star Wars official YouTube channel and quickly spread around the internet to those who care about the Star Wars franchise (and some who don’t, discussed later in detail).
The trailer begins with a few things confirmed in the first minute. Rey, the protagonist, will have a fight taking place on a desert against a TIE (Twin Ion Engine) fighter, without any help from friends.
The TIE fighter resembles a model from “A New Hope,” specifically Darth Vader’s personal TIE fighter used in the final battle of the movie.
Luke Skywalker, despite events in the previous film, returns, potentially as a Force ghost, similar to how Ben Kenobi appeared to Luke himself in “The Empire Strikes Back.”
This is only the first minute.
From there, a myriad of confirmations was made, such as the revealing of a new location to be visited, Kylo Ren – the main antagonist similar to Darth Vader, played by Adam Driver – is seen fighting on a battlefield, with his helmet being fixed from his and Rey’s fight from “The Force Awakens.”
Other characters are returning, such as Oscar Isaac and John Boyega for their roles as Poe Dameron and Finn, while another original trilogy actor, Billy Dee Williams, returns to reprise Lando Calrissian, one of Han Solo’s friends from the series.
A new droid has been introduced as a small companion to BB-8, the poster-boy droid owned by Poe Dameron, and its name has been confirmed as Dio.
Poe and Finn are seen on a speeder fighting some New Order Stormtroopers with C-3PO on board as well. The teaser also reveals a scene of Princess Leia and Rey together, plus a golden medallion resembling the award that Han Solo and Luke Skywalker were given at the end of “A New Hope.”
The cast also goes to the crash site of one of the Death Stars. But, perhaps the biggest surprise reveal for this movie, however, is the return of a character many fans were not expecting (as per Star Wars tradition, it seems).
Toward the end of the teaser trailer, after the shot of the Death Star wreckage, an ominous, obviously evil cackling fills the darkness presented in the trailer. Fans have immediately identified the laugh as Darth Sidious’ (The Emporer) iconic laugh from the original trilogy, though how he returns isn’t yet clear.
This may be a hinge on which the movie swings in its success with fans, however. Star Wars fans were not particularly happy with the appearance Darth Maul made at the end of “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” and this character revival could mean financial loss on the series as a whole.
There is still more than 200 days before the film releases around Christmas. There will be plenty of time for new trailer footage to be released, as well as new cast news and director confirmations. Until then, Star Wars fans will have plenty of time on their hands to predict new theories for the end of the saga.