The end is near: Trailer for last Star Wars movie in latest saga released
Trailer gives away some hints about what to expect as the trilogy concludes
If you didn’t spend the last day obsessively following the election results, you may have heard that the new Star Wars trailer is out.
It aired at halftime during an NFL game between the New England Patriots and the New York Jets on TSN last night.
If you want to see Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker when it premieres on Dec. 20, you can also buy your tickets now.
Wait a minute … that’s like, almost two months away!
That’s right, you’ll have to make it through the Raptors home opener, Halloween and the release of another highly anticipated Disney movie (Frozen 2) before you find out what happens in the ultimate showdown between the Resistance and the First Order.
Daisy Ridley, right, stars as Rey in the highly anticipated Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Disney released photos and the final trailer on Monday. (Disney)
The movie is the last installment in the new trilogy, following The Last Jedi from 2017 and The Force Awakens in 2015.
It is the ninth and final movie in the entire saga.
Disney describes the film as “the riveting conclusion of the seminal Skywalker saga, where new legends will be born and the final battle for freedom is yet to come.”
The trailer is full of messaging about the end, like when C-3PO says, “Taking one last look, sir, at my friends.”
Excitement around Star Wars isn’t new.
Let’s not forget that the saga began more than 40 years ago, with the release of the original film, simply called Star Wars.
In this photo from June 1977, fans wait in lines in front of the Avco Center Theater in Los Angeles to see the original Star Wars movie. (AP Photo)
Back then, you had to wait in long lines to get your tickets to movies.
Perhaps the fact that the trailer for the new movie was released on election night in Canada isn’t a coincidence, given that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who was just re-elected, is himself a long-time Star Wars fan.
He and his wife even dressed up as characters from the film a few years ago.
Justin Trudeau dressed up as Hans Solo for Halloween in 2015, alongside his wife, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, who dressed as Princess Leia. (Justin Tang/The Canadian Press)
Or maybe the trailer’s release has more to do with the fact that yesterday would have been the birthday of the original Princess Leia, Carrie Fisher.
Fisher died in 2016, but appears in the trailer, thanks to unused footage from The Force Awakens.
As far as what happens in the final installment of the series, it looks like a matchup between Rey and Emperor Palpatine, but it also leaves lots of questions.
“Confronting fear is the destiny of the Jedi,” Luke Skywalker is heard saying in the trailer.
“Your destiny…” his voice trails off.
Who’s destiny? Rey’s destiny?
You’ll just have to wait to find out when the film is released on Dec. 20.