The Dark Side looms large over the newest footage from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

The ninth and final instalment of the Skywalker saga will bring to a close the battle between the Resistance and the First Order, while also bringing the relationship between Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) full circle.


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Rise of Skywalker will find Rey torn between honouring the memory of her late mentor Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and giving in to the destructive influence of Kylo and his Knights of the Ren.

This conflict is at the forefront of the movie’s newest teaser, which references the franchise’s past with the ultimate Easter egg for long-time fans.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
Rey with Vader’s helmet

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In one brief shot, Rey is shown approaching the remains of Darth Vader’s helmet with an expression of terror and wonder etched across her face.

At the exact same moment, Luke Skywalker’s narration can be heard: “Confronting fear is the destiny of a Jedi. Your destiny.”

Check out The Rise of Skywalker‘s brand new teaser below:

The juxtaposition of Luke’s rejection of fear with the invocation of Vader’s crumbled helmet certainly seems like a perfect metaphor for Rey’s conflict in the movie.

Yet, director JJ Abrams recently insisted that none of the pre-release footage has given Star Wars fans a genuine idea what The Rise of Skywalker is really all about.

“The [trailers] that have come out are scratching the surface of what the movie is,” the filmmaker has promised.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker has a release date of Thursday, December 19 in the UK and Friday, December 20 in the US.

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