Star Wars 9 Footage Reveals Rey with a Red Lightsaber

Brenda Watkins
August 25, 2019

New footage for Star Wars 9: Rise of Skywalker has debuted to an expectant crowd at D23.

It was a shocking moment that got a huge reaction, but it's intriguing when paired with a shot earlier in the footage: Rey and Adam Driver's Kylo Ren locked in a massive lightsaber fight on top of a ship sinking into some water. Rey will also rock a brand-new double-bladed red lightsaber, which first looks like she's holding one blade, but she then flips it out to reveal there are TWO red lightsabers joined in the middle.

Unfortunately, the sizzle hasn't been released to the public (yet?), but we do have a new poster to enjoy. During the panel we also heard more about Carrie Fisher's involvement, and what Keri Russell thinks of finally starring in a Star Wars film.

"It was so great that we were able to really honor the character that she made and that J.J". And while her role is new to audiences, she'll apparently be an old friend to Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac).

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There's a ton of possibilities for the implications of Darth Vader's helmet, and this 10-second footage is likely just a taste of The Rise of Skywalker content set to come from D23.

Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters Friday, Dec. 20.

"She was nearly sort of supernaturally witty and magical in a way", Abrams said. The new Rise of Skywalker poster is also the first look at the return of the Emperor, who was believed dead after the events of Return of the Jedi. A new evocative poster for the film (shown above) and some new details, including info on Russell's character, were also revealed.

And of course, it wouldn't be appropriate for the late Carrie Fisher to go unmentioned during the presentation, as we are all well aware that Abrams incorporated unused footage from 2015's The Force Awakens to give Leia Organa the send-off she deserved.

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