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The Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Teaser Trailer Is Here!

It’s here! The trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker finally debuted today at Star Wars Celebration!

We’re honestly not even sure where to begin. Let’s talk about that amazing opening scene for a minute. Is that Kylo Ren in that TIE fighter chasing down Rey? More importantly, Rey’s new badass lightsaber skills cannot be overstated. I cannot wait to see her take down a TIE with nothing but her saber and her determination. Seriously, we talk about Rey as a fighter and inspiration; I can’t wait to see her bust out some killer prequel-esque Jedi moves.

We also see Finn in action, as well as Poe flying some sort of landspeeder as they’re pursued by the First Order. Kylo destroys a Resistance fighter, which points to him still being an antagonist character, rather than seeking a third act redemption. Lando flies the Falcon again, which warms my cold, bitter heart. Someone—probably Leia—holds the medal given to Luke and Han at the ceremony following the Death Star’s destruction. At the end, it seems as though Rey and her friends are on a planet that has the remnants of one of the Death Stars, which means that they’re probably going to investigate something that was teased at the beginning of the franchise somehow.

The trailer features a voiceover from Luke Skywalker, telling someone (I assume Rey. Maybe it’s Kylo, though!) that a thousand generations of wisdom is inside them, but this is their fight. Later in the trailer, as Rey and Leia embrace, Luke says, “We’ll always be with you” and that “no one is ever really gone.”

And it seems no one is really gone. The trailer ends with the evil cackle of Emperor Palpatine. It appears the series’ arch villain isn’t quite done yet. Could he be behind Snoke, and the fall of Kylo Ren? Is he Rey’s dad? God, I really hope he’s not Rey’s dad.

The title also teases “the rise of Skywalker.” Is that Ben Solo, or will Rey take on the mantle of Skywalker?

What are your thoughts? Tell us in the comments, and check back in for more speculation throughout the day!

(image: Disney/Lucasfilm)

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