When it comes to fictional intergalactic franchises that went from a few scribblings from the mind of a dreamer to a cash cow for a company headed by a mouse, it’s hard to look past the sensation that is Star Wars. Since 1977, fans of the phenomenon have been going nuts for the classic tale of good and evil, told against the backdrop of different planets, manufactured stars of nefarious repute, and wars that are ultimately played out in space.
As different characters have come and gone throughout the prequels and sequels that comprise the Star Wars collection of films, one thing has remained consistent: each movie will create more hype, fanfare and discord amongst its viewers than the last. Now, we are treated to a glimpse of the 674th installation in the series: Stars Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
“We’ve passed on all we know; the thousand generations live in you now. But this is your fight”, says an ominous voiceover–possibly a wookie or something–, as an attractive young female draws a light stick and runs across the Mojave (or similar). Then she almost gets hits by a Tesla Model Z (yet to be released.)
The film, which has seen the return of celebrated nerd J.J. Abrams to his directorial post, stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Kelly Marie Tran, Oscar Isaac, Billy Dee Williams, Naomi Ackie, Joonas Suotamo and Anthony Daniels, as well as droids BB-8 and D-O.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker opens in Australian cinemas on December 19.