One of them involves General Leia, played by the late Carrie Fisher, who will reprise her iconic role in the final film thanks to repurposed deleted scenes from
We know from the first teaser trailer that Leia will have an emotional moment with Rey in the film, but other than that, her place in the adventure tale isn’t all that clear. However, the new footage does make us wonder if she might play a pivotal role not just in the emotional arc of the story, but in Rey’s training. This might be a leap, but there’s evidence in the scenery.
We see a brief but powerful moment of Rey tossing her lightsaber through a forest planet, in what looks like a fit of rage. It chops through a few trees and then swings back into her hand. At first glance, this looks like a simple moment of frustration, but upon closer inspection you’ll see that there’s a training remote in the shot, similar to the one Luke used to practice his lightsaber skills in
But what if Leia is training her? With Luke gone and no other Force users besides Kylo known to her, it would make sense that Leia has been guiding Rey in her practices. Leia is also strong in the Force, although in canon we learn that she chose to tame her powers and focus on galactic leadership instead. Still, she’s the only living person left in Rey’s orbit who could teach her. And that we see them both in this same jungle location—in both the teaser and this new footage—means that, at the very least, Leia is around as Rey sharpens her skills.
It would also make sense that Leia would want a hand in Rey’s training. In
We’ll find out for certain when