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A Final Trailer Debuts For “Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker”

Last night, during Monday Night Football, the world got one more look at the last Star Wars film for a while. Yes, a Final Trailer dropped at Halftime for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Episode IX of the Saga that’s in part defined blockbuster cinema for almost half a century. It looks positively epic, while also functioning as a real goodbye to a number of characters, both old and new. Disney and Lucasfilm are taking a small big screen break with the IP, as nothing is scheduled to hit theaters after this until 2022, so it’s shaping up to be a massive, once in a generation event. Luckily, the Trailer suggests that perfectly. You’ll be able to see it at the end of this post, but first…let’s get into it a bit!

It’s almost impossible not to know about this movie, but just in case…here goes nothing. For those who don’t remember, this is the continuation of the Star Wars saga, and in fact, brings it to a close. The official synopsis was as follows: “A year after the events of The Last Jedi, the remnants of the Resistance face the First Order once again—while reckoning with the past and their own inner turmoil. Meanwhile, the ancient conflict between the Jedi and the Sith reaches its climax, altogether bringing the Skywalker saga to a definitive end.” Now, the IMDb one just says: “The surviving Resistance faces the First Order once more in the final chapter of the Skywalker saga.” From the looks of the Trailers presented so far, our returning heroes Rey (Daisy Ridley), Finn (John Boyega), and Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) will be doing one last battle with the First Order, led by Kylo Ten (Adam Driver) and General Hux (Domhnall Gleeson). Old friends like Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and General Leia (the late Carrie Fisher) will be back, along with the first new appearance for Lando Calrissian (Billy Dee Williams) in decades. Once again, Emperor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid) features prominently here as the big bad. Richard E. Grant and Keri Russell are some of the newcomers. J.J. Abrams returns to direct, as well as co-writing here with Chris Terrio, though original scribes Derek Connolly and (former helmer) Colin Trevorrow receive credit as well. Supporting players include Anthony Daniels, Lupita Nyong’o, Kelly Marie Tran, and many more. Dan Mindel handles the cinematography, while of course John Williams composed the score.

This new Trailer really hits home on how this is the end of the Saga (plus hinting at the biggest space battle that the franchise has ever depicted). Even just seeing C-3PO big farewell to his “friends” can tug at the heartstrings. Between seeing Lando Calrissian again, saying one last goodbye to Leia, and finally discovering the full secrets of Rey’s past, there’s a lot that Abrams and company are planning to do here. Judging by the look of things, definitive ends are coming, and that truly could set this one apart from the rest of the pack.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is going to be an event film, to say the least. In fact, as mentioned last time around, it could end up the best chance for the franchise to get some Oscar love. Even if it’s likely just a player in the technical categories, look for Disney to launch a robust campaign. Efforts in Best Picture, Best Director (for Abrams), Best Actress (for Ridley), Best Supporting Actress (for Fisher), Best Adapted Screenplay (for Abrams, Connolly, Terrio, and Trevorrow), Best Production Design, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Makeup & Hairstyle, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Original Score, and Best Visual Effects. This will be a flick that could dominate in the tech fields, that’s for sure. Beyond that? We’ll just have to wait and see.

You can see this Trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker below. It’s going to be a huge deal, that’s for sure. So, enough talk. Time to get to the good stuff, and sit tight for plenty more on the flick in the months to come. For the moment, just sit back and enjoy..

Here now is the Final Trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, in all its glory:

Stay tuned for more on Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker between now and its December 20th release date!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He contributes to several other film-related websites and is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

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