“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” Trailer Showcases New and Familiar “Star Wars” Vehicles
A look at all of the vehicles that will be featured in the final installment of the Skywalker Saga
The first trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker recently premiered at Star Wars Celebration, and it left audiences with more questions than ever about the final installment in the Skywalker Saga. Who is repairing Kylo Ren’s mask? Does that laugh at the end really mean that Emperor Palpatine is back? Perhaps most importantly, who is the “rising” Skywalker?
Of course, the trailer did provide Star Wars fans with a lot of insight on what to expect from the film as well. This includes a look at all of the latest spaceships coming to a galaxy far, far away. Here, we’ll take a closer look at all of the vehicles that are featured in the trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
Warning: This analysis includes spoilers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Wars: The Last Jedi
The trailer opens up with heavy breathing, a tradition for the Sequel Trilogy’s trailers at this point. The breathing originates from Rey, who is being pursued by some sort of First Order ship in the desert.
At first glance, the craft resembles Kylo Ren’s TIE Silencer from Star Wars: The Last Jedi. However, there are a few key differences. The most notable difference is the cockpit, which more closely resembles a traditional TIE Fighter’s cockpit design.
Nevertheless, it seems that the ship is indeed piloted by Kylo Ren. Of course, we never get a look at the pilot’s face, so this could be a bit of trailer trickery, with the real pilot being someone else entirely.
Regardless of who the pilot is, they seem to be pursuing Rey, chasing her down rather than firing any guns at her. This allows Rey the chance to jump over the TIE Fighter right when it’s about to hit her.
The trailer then cuts away to a seemingly innocuous spaceship heading toward a city located in the mountains. However, this ship could in fact hint at a much larger plot point.
If you take a close look at the design of the thrusters behind the ship, they resemble those of a ship seen in the flashbacks shown during Star Wars: The Force Awakens, namely the ship that flies away after Rey is left with Unkar Plutt. Does this mean that we’re going to learn more about Rey’s lineage in The Rise of Skywalker?
During The Last Jedi, Kylo Ren reveals that Rey’s parents were drunkards who sold her for drinking money, a fact that Rey ultimately accepts. Still, director J.J. Abrams could reveal that Kylo was deceiving Rey, and that there is more to the story than meets the eye.
Next is a rather nostalgic sight: Lando Calrissian in the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon. Lando was the original owner of the Falcon, so it’s nice to see him pilot his ship one last time before the Skywalker Saga comes to an end.
He also seems to be sporting a similar costume to the one he wore during Solo: A Star Wars Story. It appears Lando never lost his affinity for capes over the years.
Another scene on the desert planet reveals Poe Dameron, Finn, and C-3P0 commandeering a desert skiff. They’re being pursued by a new type of Stormtrooper armed with jetpacks.
Stormtroopers with jetpacks have made appearances throughout various Star Wars video games and books. However, this will be the first time one of these troopers appears on the big screen.
Immediately afterwards, an A-Wing is seen being gunned down, with what looks to be a Star Destroyer in the background. It certainly doesn’t look good for whoever is piloting the A-Wing.
The trailer caps off with one last Star Wars spacecraft, or rather what’s left of one. Rey, Finn, Poe, Chewie, and the rest of the crew walk to a shoreline, where they see the remnants of the Death Star.
It’s not immediately clear which Death Star this is, but the Emperor’s laugh at the end of the trailer indicates that it is the second version of the battle station. This would place our heroes somewhere near the forest moon of Endor, which might mean an appearance by everyone’s favorite furry Star Wars denizens: the Ewoks.
You can watch the first trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker in its entirety below:
Unfortunately, that’s all the footage we have of the upcoming ninth installment in the Star Wars saga at the moment. More is sure to be revealed about the movie and the vehicles featured in it as its December release date approaches.
Until then, have a happy May the Fourth, and may the Force be with you!
Zachary Berry currently resides in the Dayton, Ohio area. However, he enjoys traveling from place to place, as he was born in Oklahoma City and has also lived in Albuquerque and Orlando (such is the life of a military brat). Zachary graduated from Ohio University with a major in Strategic Communication, which is fancy talk for advertising and public relations. Beginning his career at The News Wheel as a lowly intern, he was able to climb his way to the top, eventually claiming his place within the last cubicle on the left. Other jobs that Zachary has held include driving around a safari truck at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. When he’s not putting his nose to the grindstone, Zachary enjoys watching and critiquing movies and television. See more articles by Zachary.