D23 was the big convention in Calfornia this past weekend dedicated to all things Disney, and attendees were treated to a host of first looks for the company’s upcoming projects. Among them was a look at the next Star Wars movie – The Rise of Skywalker. The footage was not immediately made available to those not in attendance, but this morning Good Morning America shared it for the rest of us to enjoy.
The reel starts with footage from previous Star Wars movies, showing key moments from the original trilogy, the prequel trilogy, as well as The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi. After that we get to the new footage, showing our heroes on the new desert planet coming across some kind of celebration and Leia on a jungle planet. A mind-boggling number of Star Destroyers assemble in some kind of formation and what could be the Resistance fleet drops out of hyperspace. We also see C-3PO with red eyes, Rey showing of her lightsaber skills, and Rey and Kylo dueling on top of what many are speculating are the ruins of the Death Star.
It ends with something that instantly sent shockwaves through the Star Wars fandom. Palpatine’s voice says “Your journey nears its end” and we see Rey cloaked in all-black wielding a double red lightsaber that she snaps out into place.
Obviously, this creates so many questions about the film. Will Rey truly turn to the Dark Side, or is this some sort of vision of dream? Will C-3PO also turn evil? What is Palpatine’s role in all of this?
To get the answers, fans will simply have to show up in theaters once The Rise of Skywalker debuts beginning December 20.