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New “Star Wars” Teaser Gives Episode IX an Official Title

Fans were hoping for a huge reveal at the annual Star Wars Celebration in Chicago and no one left disappointed.  

Director/writer J.J. Abrams and producer Kathleen Kennedy were joined by members of the cast and presented those in attendance with an exclusive first look at the teaser trailer for the franchise’s upcoming Episode 9.

Opening with Rey (Daisy Ridley) in a desert, lightsaber in hand, the teaser has a bit of everything, but yet ultimately reveals nothing - other than a few character involvements.

Rey’s backflip leap to attack a First Order fighter coming right at her is only a small snippet of the otherwise fully loaded montage that also includes appearances by the late Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams’s Lando Calrissian, and leading villain Kylo Ren (Adam Driver).

After a touching moment showing Fisher’s Leia Organa hugging a tearful Rey, Mark Hamill’s voice takes center stage as the trilogy’s main heroes all stand in solidarity while he proclaims, “We’ll always be with you.  No ones ever really gone.”  The combination of visual and audio is undeniably powerful in many ways, though one thing is for sure: all bets are off for this ninth installment in the coveted intergalactic franchise.

But I’m leaving out the best part - really the only piece of actual information the trailer gave us: the film’s title.

The Rise of Skywalker, in all its splendid glory, hits theaters on December 20.

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Stephen Davis
I owe this hobby/career to the one and only Stephanie Peterman who, while interning at Fox, told me that I had too many opinions and irrelevant information to keep it all bottled up inside. I survived my first rated R film, Alive, at the ripe age of 8, it took me months to grasp the fact that Julia Roberts actually died at the end of Steel Magnolias, and I might be the only person alive who actually enjoyed Sorority Row…for its comedic value of course. While my friends can drink you under the table, I can outwatch you when it comes iconic, yet horrid 80s films like Adventures in Babysitting and Troop Beverly Hills. I have no shame when it comes to what I like, and if you have a problem with that, then we’ll settle it on the racquetball court. I see too many movies to actually win any film trivia contest, so don’t waste your first pick on me. My friends rent movies from my bookcase shelves, and one day I do plan to start charging. I long to live in LA, where my movie obsession will actually help me fit in, but for now I am content with my home in Austin. I prefer indies to blockbusters, Longhorns to Sooners and Halloween to Friday the 13th. I miss the classics, as well as John Ritter, and I hope to one day sit down and interview the amazing Kate Winslet.