It feels so bizarre to say, but we’re less than a month away from the release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Not just the end of the new Star Wars sequel trilogy, but the end of all nine episodic films. Is it just us, or does it feel like The Force Awakens just came out? How on earth is this legendary saga already at the finish line?
We were worried for a bit that the marketing for The Rise of Skywalker was a little lighter this time around, but it turns out the folks at Disney and Lucasfilm were just waiting for the holiday season to pummel us with goodies. We’ve already gotten one official TV spot, and now we have two more, both loaded with brand-new footage from the upcoming film.
In this first one, we see new bits, like Poe telling Chewie to take his lead, Kylo Ren putting on his reforged helmet, and—most shockingly—Rey slashing Kylo in the chest with her lightsaber in the Emperor’s throne room in the sunken Death Star 2.
Another new TV spot shows our trio of heroes—Finn, Poe, and Rey—all yelling for each other and for Chewie. What’s happened to Chewie? Nothing bad, we hope! We’re not ready to lose any more classic original trilogy characters.
This duo of TV spots really show off all the fun that J.J. Abrams had making this film. If it’s anything like The Force Awakens, we can expect plenty of humor mixed with melancholy and nostalgia. That’s Abrams’ style in a nutshell, and we can’t imagine a better approach to take for the ending of a beloved nine-part film saga. Will he deliver, or will The Rise of Skywalker be a major disappointment? It’s too early to tell, but the confidence on display here hints at a winner.
We’ll find out together when Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker arrives in theaters on December 20.
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