(AP) — No one is ever really gone, says Luke Skywalker in the first teaser for “Star Wars: Episode IX,” which fans got a first look at Friday at Star Wars Celebration in Chicago.
The short spot also revealed the title to the final chapter in the Skywalker saga will be “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.”
The voice of Mark Hamill’s Luke Skywalker provided the narration for the teaser, with a voice telling Daisy Ridley’s Rey that the knowledge of a thousand generations has been passed on. He added that this is her fight now.
Audiences also got to see a glimpse of the return of Billy Dee Williams’ Lando Calrissian and Carrie Fisher’s Leia Organa.
Speaking Friday at the event in Chicago, director JJ Abrams said having a CG character, recasting or just having her disappear, were not options.
Fisher died in Dec. 2016, after shooting had wrapped on “The Last Jedi,” and her character is alive in the last shot of the film. It’s been a lingering question how the final installment in the new trilogy would handle Fisher’s passing.
The trailer ends with the ominous laughter of an old but familiar villain: Emperor Palpatine from the original and prequel trilogies.
Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy also reiterated that “Episode IX” will close out the newest trilogy and the 9-film Skywalker saga that began in 1977.
Stephen Colbert moderated the panel Friday where fans are hoping to get a title and a trailer for the film that opens nationwide on Dec. 20.