D23: Vader mask appears in surprise Rise of Skywalker footage
Earlier today at D23, Lucasfilm and Walt Disney Pictures showed the crowd a ten-second taste of new Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker footage, including a glimpse at Darth Vader’s mask!
The footage starts with two shots we already saw in the first trailer of Kylo Ren throwing an enemy down during a forest battle. Then it cuts to a shot of a Tantive IV-style rebel blockade runner in a hanger, then cuts to Poe Dameron in a military control room looking worried. We see a brief shot of Rey in the desert from the first trailer, then a low-angle shot of Finn in some sort of fortress with light coming in through slats in the ceiling. We then see Rey talking to Finn in a forest.
“It’s too dangerous,” Rey says to Finn. “I have to go alone.”
Next we see Kylo Ren in a white chamber. He opens a secure console to reveal Darth Vader’s burned mask in a cloud of mist, the same mask shown in one scene of The Force Awakens. The footage closes with the shot of Rey standing in front of the underwater Death Star seen in the last trailer, then a quick shot of all three of the lead heroes (Rey, Finn, Poe) in the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon with Chewbacca.
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Returning cast members for The Rise of Skywalker include Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo and Billie Lourd. Joining the cast are Naomi Ackie (Doctor Who), Richard E. Grant (Logan), Dominic Monaghan (Lord of the Rings), and Keri Russell (The Americans), who will also be joined by veteran Star Wars actors Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels and Billy Dee Williams, who will reprise his role as Lando Calrissian. The role of Leia Organa will once again be played by Carrie Fisher, using previously unreleased footage shot for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
In addition to directing, Abrams co-wrote the screenplay with Chris Terrio (Argo, Justice League). Kathleen Kennedy, Michelle Rejwan, and Abrams will produce, with Callum Greene and Jason McGatlin executive producing. Composer John Williams, who has scored every chapter in the Star Wars saga since 1977’s A New Hope, will return to a galaxy far, far away with Rise of Skywalker.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is scheduled for release on December 20.