In 2015, the Force awakened. In 2017, the last Jedi emerged.
It’s time for the rise of Skywalker.
The highly-anticipated 2-minute teaser trailer for “Star Wars: Episode IX” dropped Friday, simultaneously revealing its title: The Rise of Skywalker. Watch below and read on for a bit of early analysis.
The title, “The Rise of Skywalker,” leaves a lot of room for speculation: Who is the Skywalker in question?
While many fans have long theorized that Rey is, unwittingly, the son of Luke Skywalker, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” seemingly put that theory to bed. Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) told Rey (Daisy Ridley) point-blank that she’s “nobody,” a discarded loner who has no real place in the Jedi world.
However, director J.J. Abrams — who directed “The Force Awakens” and “The Rise of Skywalker,” but not the film in-between — may have gone in another direction. And “The Last Jedi” director Rian Johnson has also been cagey on what that Rey-Kylo exchange really meant.
“For me, in that moment, Kylo believes it’s the truth,” Johnson told Entertainment Weekly in 2017. “I don’t think he’s purely playing chess. I think that’s what he saw when they touched fingers and that’s what he believes. And when he tells her that in that moment, she believes it.”
We do know that at least three established Skywalkers are present in Episode IX. The trailer briefly shows a glimpse of Leia (Carrie Fisher) embracing Rey. We also hear the voice of Luke (Mark Hamill), who died, in some capacity, in “The Last Jedi”: “We’ll always be with you,” Luke says. “No one’s ever really gone.”
The third existing Skywalker: Kylo Ren, the son of Leia and Han Solo. Kylo told Rey in “The Last Jedi” that a supposed betrayal by his uncle Luke is what led him to the Dark Side. With Snoke dead, Kylo is our only known villain, and the end of the teaser echoes with an eerie, evil laugh. Could it be that the rising Skywalker is no hero?
“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” hits theaters in December.