“Star Wars” released a first look at the new movie “Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker” at Star Wars Celebration.
CHICAGO â€“ Another Star Wars Celebration has come and gone, and by the looks of how the galaxy far, far away is expanding, Obi-Wan Kenobi is sounding more right than ever: â€œThe Force will be with you. Always.â€
The new trailer for the ninth and concluding chapter of the 42-year-old Skywalker saga, â€œStar Wars: The Rise of Skywalkerâ€ (in theaters Dec. 20), broke the internet for a bit upon its premiere at the fan convention. But the mega-popular franchise showcased how its snaking tendrils into every medium like never before, with new tales coming in the worlds of streaming TV, video games, comic books, virtual reality and more.
Here are the five coolest things we saw at Celebration:
â€˜Rise of Skywalkerâ€™ brings back an old foe
Itâ€™s no surprise that the highly anticipated first footage from the new film was the weekendâ€™s biggest highlight. Rey flipping over a TIE Fighter, Lando Calrissian back in the Millennium Falcon, General Leia with a warm embrace, our heroes hanging together again â€“ it all had folks cheering. But director J.J. Abrams delivered a huge shock with the return of the most malevolent â€œStar Warsâ€ villain of all time, Emperor Palpatine.
â€˜The Mandalorianâ€™ gives us original-trilogy feels
For those who miss the dangerous side-eyes and itchy trigger fingers from the Mos Eisley Cantina scene in 1977â€™s â€œStar Wars,â€ buckle up because â€œThe Mandalorianâ€ is about to punch you in the face with nostalgia. Pedro Pascalâ€™s helmeted title bounty hunter lives in a galactic underworld among all sorts of aliens and what remains of the Empire, who are knocked down but not out. If you love Boba Fett, itâ€™s a must-see.
â€˜Vader Immortalâ€™ surrounds you with the Dark Side
Darth Vader has a reputation for being the baddest man in the universe, but you donâ€™t really understand how imposing that helmeted dude is until heâ€™s standing over you in this new VR adventure (coming this spring for Oculus Quest headsets). As a Force-sensitive smuggler who comes under Vaderâ€™s employ, folks can test their skills in the lightsaber dojo and hang with new droid ZOE3 (played by Maya Rudolph).
Galaxyâ€™s Edge is going to be on every fan’s wish list
Itâ€™ll probably involve several hours waiting in line for rides and overpriced Cokes in thermal-detonator bottles â€“ not to mention the â€œspace meatâ€ â€“ but the â€œStar Warsâ€ landsÂ coming to Disney theme parks later this year look like they’ll offer an amazing experience for those who adore this galaxy. Who wouldnâ€™t want to pilot the Millennium Falcon or get captured and tossed on a First Order Star Destroyer with Kylo Ren staring them down?
â€˜The Clone Warsâ€™ finally gets to end on its own terms
Before â€œThe Force Awakensâ€ brought â€œStar Warsâ€ back in a big way in 2017, â€œThe Clone Warsâ€ animated series â€“ set between â€œAttack of the Clonesâ€ and â€œRevenge of the Sithâ€ â€“ was the vehicle that kept new tales coming for fans from 2008Â before its cancellation in 2013. Celebration debuted a trailer for the final season coming to Disney+,Â with improved animation and the continuation of young heroine Ahsoka Tanoâ€™s story after she left the Jedi Order.
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