New Star Wars trailer: See ‘Evil Rey’ and the return of the late Carrie Fisher

It's the final chapter of the Skywalker family saga
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The saga of the Skywalker family is about to come to an end, and we’ve had a new glimpse at its final outing, with a ‘Sneak Peek’ trailer of the new Star Wars chapter, The Rise of Skywalker, released this morning.

And there’s plenty in the new Disney production that has got Star Wars fans very excited; from the return of old heroes and villains, to some shocking plot twists. 

WATCH: See the new trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker below 

Beginning with a montage of the classic films before getting to the goods, fans will be thrilled by the trailer, which sees the return of Carrie Fisher’s Princess Leia, almost three years after the actress tragically passed away.

Despite fears that the character would be written out, recast, or recreated with a creepy and unconvincing CGI avatar, like she was in Rogue One, Carrie is indeed back.

Director JJ Abrams managed the task by cobbling together a compelling storyline for Leia out of unused scenes from prior films The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, which had been left on the cutting room floor. And now she’s front and centre in the new teaser trailer. 

‘We actually realised there was footage we could use, that we could literally write scenes around and suddenly have as an active part of this movie and she’s great in the film,’ JJ told Entertainment Tonight.  

Princess Leia
Carrie Fisher is back as Princess Leia (Credit: Lucasfilm / Disney)

‘And still, maybe now more than ever, it’s impossible to me that she’s gone because she’s so alive in the film. We don’t know how to do it without her and so having her be a part of the movie in a way that I think she’d be proud of is very meaningful.’

Apart from the return of Carrie, the trailer has excited fans with a number of new plot turns. In one scene Rey, played by Daisy Ridley, is seen wielding a double-bladed red lightsaber – a weapon usually only used by evil users of the force. Has she turned to the dark side?

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Has Rey turned evil? (Credit: Lucasfilm/Disney)

Speaking of evil, C-3PO (Anthony Daniels) is also showing a new side to his character, flashing some creepy red eyes.

The love/hate relationship between Rey and Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) appears to be coming to a climax, with the pair shown engaging in a dramatic lightsaber battle on a piece of the shattered Death Star, surrounded by a boiling sea.

A new side of C-3PO (Credit: Lucasfilm/Disney)

There are also hints at the return of two major villains, with Darth Vader’s breathing heard, and Emperor Palpatine heard hissing, ‘Your journey nears its end.’

Also on display, a fleet of old school Imperial Star Destroyers, and what might be the Tantive IV – the first ever ship seen in the original Star Wars film.

The latest opus from Lucasfilm, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, is out December 20 – and we cannot wait.

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