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New footage from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker teased characters going to the Dark Side

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Rey with a double-bladed red lightsaber. The sound of Darth Vader’s labored breathing. An epic duel between Rey and Kylo Ren on what appears to be a piece of debris on a roiling sea. And, turning toward the skies, Star Destroyers and X-wings are far as the eye can see.

Could Rey end up turning to the Dark Side?

These glimpses were just part of the exclusive preview footage from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker at D23 Expo Saturday morning.

The reel capped off an emotional reunion of many members of the cast — Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels, Keri Russell, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, and Naomi Ackie — from The Rise of Skywalker, who took the stage with Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and J.J. Abrams, director of both Star Wars: The Force Awakens and the next and final film in the Skywalker saga opening December 20.

Following a striking montage of scenes clipped for the other saga films, the unmistakable voice of Mark Hamill could be heard over the striking new scenes. “We’ve passed on all we know. A thousand generations live in you now. But this is your fight.” The wise words were also part of the first trailer for the film, but the new footage, including a moment where Rey appears to toss a fully-ignited lightsaber, and of course the sight of Rey with a reticulated red blade show there is still much to learn about the film. Hopefully, the footage will be available online soon.

There was also this new poster for the film. Rey and Kylo Ren appear in silhouette, lightsabers ignited, seemingly locked in a duel while perched precariously on a piece of debris. In the background, bolts of lightning illuminate their struggle, highlighted in blue and red to match their opposing lightsaber blades.

And peering out from the background, larger than life, a face set deep in shadow seems to look directly into our own eyes: the face of Emperor Palpatine, first heard cackling at the end of the teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

Via StarWars

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  1. will bring back Leia through unused footage of Carrie Fisher from her previous two appearances. It’s an ambitious method of filmmaking, but should allow the beloved character to get a more fitting ending. What’s more, Mark Hamill will appear as Luke Skywalker, this time as a Force Ghost.

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