'Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker' sees return of emperor Palpatine

The ninth movie within the unique Star Wars saga might be referred to as The Rise of Skywalker, and can characteristic the return of the evil emperor Palpatine to threaten the younger heroine Rey and the Resistance, Walt Disney Co revealed on Friday.

Disney confirmed followers attending the “Star Wars Celebration” conference in Chicago the primary footage from the film, which might be launched in theaters in December and can conclude the story that started in 1977.

A villainous cackle was heard on the finish of the trailer, and the actor who performed Palpatine in earlier movies, Ian McDiarmid, walked onstage to loud applause from an viewers of roughly 10,000 followers, many waving colourful lightsabers.

As of Friday afternoon, the Rise of Skywalker trailer had been seen on-line about 11 million occasions.

Director JJ Abrams, talking alongside a handful of forged members, mentioned the film takes place a while after the occasions of the 2017 movie The Final Jedi.

The footage confirmed a hug between Princess Leia, performed by the late Carrie Fisher, and Rey (Daisy Ridley). Fisher died in 2016, however Abrams mentioned that in a “bizarre miracle,” he was in a position to piece collectively unused footage from Final Jedi to proceed the beloved character’s story.

“Princess Leia lives on this movie in a means that’s mind-blowing for me,” he mentioned.

The director disclosed little in regards to the plot, nevertheless.

“This film is about this new era, what they’ve inherited, the sunshine and the darkish, and are they prepared?” he instructed the gang.

In an interview, Abrams instructed Reuters that writers met with Star Wars creator George Lucas earlier than they began to script the ultimate chapter in one of many world’s most-celebrated film franchises.

The purpose was “to create one thing that provides a way of shock and thrill and heartbreak, and shock and awe, but additionally feeling like an inevitability,” he mentioned.

The circumstances surrounding Palpatine’s return stay a thriller. The character appeared to die in 1983’s Return of the Jedi. Within the trailer launched on Friday, the voice of Luke (Mark Hamill) says to Rey that “nobody’s ever actually gone.”

Luke additionally tells Rey that “we’ve got handed on all of the information,” and that the combat in opposition to evil is now hers.

Ridley, John Boyega, who performs Resistance fighter Finn and Oscar Isaac, who portrays pilot Poe Dameron, all attended the occasion.

However the largest ovations got here for Kelly Marie Tran, who performs mechanic Rose Tico, and Billy Dee Williams, who returns to the collection as con artist Lando Calrissian after final enjoying the character in 1983.

“Lando by no means actually left me,” Williams mentioned.

Naomi Ackie, who joined as a brand new character named Jannah, mentioned she couldn’t affirm or deny hypothesis that Jannah was Calrissian’s daughter.

A brand new droid, D-O, additionally rolled onto the stage, becoming a member of BB-Eight and R2-D2.

Followers have been delighted.

“I received chills. I used to be fairly emotional from the panel main into it after which when the trailer kicked off I used to be simply so thrilled. I simply can’t wait,” mentioned Jon Barnes.