That disturbance in the Force today came from Chicago, where J.J. Abrams, Kathleen Kennedy and the cast of the newly titled Star Wars IX: The Rise of Skywalker greeted thousands of fans at a jam-packed McCormick Place to preview the December film, release its official title and premiere the first trailer. The trailer rocked, the crowd was delirious, and Disney’s Lucasfilm looks poised for a monster release come this holiday season.
Click through the photo gallery above to see some of the intriguing sights from the trailer, which features eye-catching creature designs, otherworldly vistas, intense showdowns and some barrel-rolling Millennium Falcon flight time.
The producers of Star Wars IX are Kennedy, Abrams, and Michelle Rejwan. Abrams co-wrote the script with Chris Terrio. The cast of the new movie is led by Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, and Keri Russell. Three actors from the original 1977 film will also be seen in the finale film: Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Anthony Daniels as C-3PO, and, in a posthumous appearance, Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia. Billy Dee Williams returns to the franchise as well, reprising the Lando Calrissian role he last played in in 1983’s Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.