The wait for the next “Star Wars” film just got a whole lot more exciting.
At the Star Wars Celebration convention in Chicago, Stephen Colbert hosted a panel with director J.J. Abrams, producer Kathleen Kennedy and the cast talking about their experience making the final film in the Skywalker saga, revealing both the film’s title and first teaser trailer.
The teaser opens with Rey facing off against a small starship heading straight for her, followed by a series of clips giving brief glimpses of the adventure in store, including a scene featuring the late Carrie Fisher.
In voice-over Mark Hamill’s Luke Skywalker promises “No one is ever really gone,” before the sound of the evil Emperor Palpatine’s famous laugh is heard and the title is revealed: “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”.
After playing the trailer, Emperor Palpatine actor Ian McDiarmid appeared on-stage to say, in his character’s voice, “Run it again.”
“This movie, in addition to being the end of three trilogies, it also has to work as its own movie,” Abrams said. “It’s about this new generation and what they’ve inherited the light and the dark, and asking the question as they face the greatest evil, are they prepared? Are they ready?”
Colbert also asked John Boyega about the love triangle between his character Finn, Rey and Rose.
“It’s a love pentagon, man,” Boyega corrected him, adding Oscar Isaac’s Poe into the mix. “Finn is single and willing to mingle.”
The panel also introduced fans to “Star Wars” newcomer Naomi Ackie.
“The original group are going on this epic, epic adventure together and I’m so excited about where Jana crosses paths with them,” Ackie said. “It’s wicked.”