“Star Wars” fans were taken back to a “galaxy far, far away” Monday night with a new trailer for the upcoming film, which is set to hit theaters December 20. Those watching Monday Night Football were treated to the final trailer for “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” during halftime. It was also the point at which tickets for the movie went on sale.
The clip starts ominously with Daisy Ridley’s character Rey running through a forest with her lightsaber and also epic battle scenes — including all the familiar characters and droids fans have grown to love. “The saga will end … the story lives forever” the trailer reads. And Luke Skywalker is heard telling Rey, “The force will be with you …” and then the voice of late actress Carrie Fisher, who plays Princess Leia, say, ” … always” in a voice over (I’m not crying…).
There’s also a memorable scene with fan favorite C-3PO delivering this line: “Taking one last look … at my friends.” Yes, bring your box of tissues folks, this is going to be a doozy!”
Billy Dee Williams is returning to play Lando Calrissian in the final installment of the Skywalker saga. He’s not the only “Star Wars” vet coming back to the franchise: Mark Hamill, Billie Lourd and Fisher will appear in the upcoming film, according to director J.J. Abrams, who also helmed 2015’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” followed by “The Last Jedi.”
In addition to the trailer, the official Star Wars Twitter account also released a new poster for the final film in the saga ( shown in title).