‘Star Wars: Episode IX’ Trailer Lights Up The Internet

Friday, April 12, 2019 6:51 PM UTC

Friday, Apr. 12, 2019 6:51 PM UTC

Trailers for the remainder of 2019’s most anticipated movies are coming at us as fast as making the leap to hyperspace.

Don’t know about you but at the first hint of the sound of a lightsaber – Vrummmmmmummmmmm FVISH! – the hair on the back of our necks stand up.

And we certainly got the chills today as first teaser trailer for the final chapter of “Star Wars” debuted online.

We can only assume “Star Wars” prop bets will soon follow. Check your fave sportsbooks.

The name of the movie was pretty chilling as well – “Star Wars: Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker.” Goosebumps.

The trailer was revealed at the Star Wars Celebration, super fan convention, in Chicago. And the fans got the full treatment at the “Episode IX” panel with director J.J.Abrams, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy plus the movie’s stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels, and newcomer Naomi Ackie on the panel.

As we type, just as with the “Avengers: Endgame” trailer last week, frame-by-frame dissection already is up online. It’s 2 minutes and 3 seconds long and the deep analysis will be reams long.

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It opens with Rey (Ridley) panting on a desert plain (similar to Finn in “The Force Awakens") when Luke (Mark Hamill) begins talking. There’s a chance we may have blacked out.

He says: “We’ve passed on all we know. A thousand generations live in you now. But this is your fight.”

And the lightsaber is passed. Literally. She pulls out a lightsaber on screen.

After that it’s quick edit clips of Kylo Ren, Lando and Chewie, the Millennium Falcon, Finn and C3PO.

And, yes, you read that right Lando Calrissian. All hail the return of Billy Dee Williams.!!! (Please wear a cape, please!)

We also get a glimpse of Carrie Fisher, er, Leia hugging Rey. Sniff.

At the end there is wreckage of a large ship (a Death Star?) and an evil laugh reported to be that of Emperor Palpatine.

Somewhere in the middle, the words “The Saga Comes To An End” flashes on screen and we swear our life also flashed before our eyes.

We, like many of you, were there in ’77, in a line wrapped around in the theater, ending up in the front row and pretty much amazed by what we saw. Year after year – well, until Jar Jar. Thank God for J.J. bringing “Star Wars” back to its previous glory – even if most of our original heroes are gone.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, talk show host Stephen Colbert emceed the panel in Chicago and asked Lucas about how they chose to fill the void left by Fisher’s death.

“We couldn't," said Abrams. "You don't recast that part and you don't suddenly have her disappear. The weird miracle of having a number of scenes from ‘Force Awakens’ that had got unused, looking at those scenes and starting to understand that there was an actually a way to use those scenes and continue her story, so that it would be her. The idea of having a CG character was off the table … we said, 'what if we could write scenes about her so it's her performance?' "

Fisher also appears in scenes with Billie Lourd, her daughter, Abrams said.

"Every day it hits me that she's not here. It's so surreal because we are working with her still, if that makes sense. She's in scenes. She's alive in scenes," Abrams said, THR reported.

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