Right on schedule, Lucasfilm dropped the first trailer for Star Wars Episode IX following a panel at Star Wars Celebration, and this sucker drops bombs. In fact, this is probably the first time where the title of a movie stormed into a room and flipped over tables, so let’s get that out of the way.
Welcome to The Rise of Skywalker.
When those words hit at the end of the trailer, the immediate reaction of all of us in the Pajiba Slack is, “Goddammit, they’re making Rey a Skywalker.” It also didn’t help that she literally walks on the sky in the opening badass scene with the TIE Fighter. Not to mention, Luke is confirmed to appear in Episode IX as a Force ghost who could very easily pull the classic Jedi movie of, “Oh, hey, remember everything I said in the other movies? Totally lied. Lied right to your face. Good to see you!” So, for a film that’s supposed to be the end of the Skywalker Saga, that’s a helluva title.
And there’s another wrinkle.
Immediately after the title drop, a very distinctive laugh brings the trailer to a close, and holy sh*t, it’s The Emperor. (To make sure fans weren’t hearing things, Ian McDiarmid appeared on stage after the trailer played at Celebration and made them roll it again.) On top of that, Rey and the crew clearly stumble upon the wreckage of a Death Star, which opens up a buttload of possibilities, but probably the biggest one of them all:
There’s now a high probability that we could be seeing a Clone Emperor, which almost certainly opens up the possibility of one of the most persistent Star Wars theories: Rey is a clone of a Luke’s hand. And God, I hope it’s none of that. One of the best moves in The Last Jedi was making Rey a nobody and the start of a new line of Jedi who aren’t beholden to the Skywalkers.
That said, The Last Jedi wasn’t a literal title (entirely), so let’s hope The Rise of Skywalker continues that trend when I hand it all my money. Because snarkiness aside, I’m on board. This hit me right in the nerd parts.
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