At this weekend’s D23 Expo, Disney offered a new look at this December’s “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.” On Monday, the studio put the teaser online, and it is suitably portentous. The brief teaser also features some provocative material fans probably shouldn’t take too seriously.
Nostalgia, Endings, and Ominous Imagery
The “Rise of the Skywalker” teaser is several notable features, in particular, its focus on nostalgia.
The D23 trailer begins with clips of iconic moments from “Skywalker’s” eight predecessors. The teaser also includes several references to classic Star Wars” such as Imperial Star Destroyers, the partially submerged remains of the second Death Star, and the previously deceased Emperor Palpatine. Consequently, the film feels more like a sequel to the nostalgia-centric “The Force Awakens” than its progressive predecessor, “The Last Jedi.”
Indeed, the Rian Johnson-directed blockbuster stressed that letting go of the past is essential when establishing the future. Conversely, the JJ Abrams-helmed “Skywalker” seems interested in bringing things full-circle. Not only does it promise a definitive end to the New Trilogy’s Rebellion/First Order war, it seemingly offers a conclusion to the Sith/Jedi conflict that has spanned generations.
Furthermore, the “Skywalker” teaser features a lot of ominous material that is probably designed to mislead viewers. While images of a Sith Lord-styled Rey and an audio cameo from Darth Vader are provocative, they also feel off. Though both bits might appear in the film, their surprising and incongruous nature makes them feel like purposeful misdirects.
The trailers for “The Last Jedi” and “Avengers: Infinity War” used similar striking material to mislead viewers. Indeed, Luke Skywalker didn’t really want the Jedi to end, and Captain America didn’t lead the Hulk into battle. Similarly, Rey’s Darth Maul cosplay probably isn’t what it seems, and Anakin Skywalker is unlikely to make an improbable comeback.
Nevertheless, “Skywalker” will almost certainly earn more than the 2018 flop, “Solo: A Star Wars Story.” In less than 24 hours, the D23 teaser racked up more than 10 million views and 300,000 thumbs up.
“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” comes to theaters December 20, 2019.
Other Stars Wars News
Disney made several “Star Wars” related announcements at D23. The studio unveiled the first trailer for its new Disney+ series “The Mandalorian.” Though similarly intriguing, the new show looks a lot bleaker and grittier than “Skywalker.” The 10-part series, created by “Iron Man” helmer John Favreau, goes live on November 12.
Besides, the corporation confirmed that it’s developing a Disney+ program around Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi. Moreover, the studio cast Ewan McGregor, who played the character in the “Star Wars” prequel trilogy, as the series’ lead. As noted by The Verge, the production company intended to produce and Obi-Wan-centric film back in 2017. However, the underwhelming box office performance of “Solo” and “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” convinced the House of Mouse to pursue a different strategy.
Although no details about the forthcoming Obi-Wan series have been revealed, the program is reportedly going into production next year.