Let there be lightsabers: New ‘Star Wars’ movie has title, trailer

Apr 12, 2019, 11:12 AM

Hang on to your lightsabers, “Star Wars” fans, the final episode of the third trilogy has a title and a spine-tingling trailer.

“Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker” will hit theaters in December.

The trailer debuted Friday morning at the Star Wars Celebration convention in Chicago before being rolled out online.

At the convention, director J.J. Abrams said some time has passed between the events of 2017’s “The Last Jedi” and the beginning of “The Rise of Skywalker.”

The trailer starts with a close up of a Daisy Ridley as Rey, out of breath and staring down an oncoming menace in the distance.

After a panel with the words “Every generation has a legend,” the “Star Wars” universe bursts into life, with glimpses of many of the saga’s beloved, and not so beloved, characters, including Billy Dee Williams as Lando Calrissian and the late Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia.

Internet viewers seemed especially worked up about the apparent return of the evil Emperor Palpatine, who we all thought was killed at the end of “Return of the Jedi” when Darth Vader saw the light side and saved his son, Luke Skywalker.

Toward the end of the new trailer, Luke’s voiceover says, “No one’s ever really ever gone.”

That’s followed by Palpatine’s unmistakable and chilling laugh.

Twitter users, of course, welcomed the meme potential of the character also known as Darth Sidious.

Others speculated about how he could have survived being thrown down a shaft on the Death Star.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Let there be lightsabers: New ‘Star Wars’ movie has title, trailer