D23: Epic The Rise of Skywalker poster released as new footage blows away fans

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Okay, let me start straight away by dropping some truth before you get your hopes up. Yes, Disney kicked off their live-action panel at D23 yesterday with a bang as director JJ Abrams showed the fans in attendance in Anaheim, California some brand new footage for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker that dropped several thousand jaws on the floor. Unfortunately, you won’t actually find this sizzle reel here or anywhere else online as they kept it exclusively for those in attendance.

However, it’s now been confirmed by EW that the footage is getting released online at some point tomorrow! And at least we have something super cool to ogle until then as an absolutely stunning new poster has been dropped showing Daisy Ridley’s Rey facing off against Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren while the spectre of Emperor Palpatine (whose surprise return to the franchise is still a mystery) looms behind them.

Of course, us being the huge Star Wars geeks that we are, a poster, as amazing as it is, is not enough. Expecting us to wait one more day to also see this new footage is just a ridiculous request. So luckily i09 was there with a complete write-up of what went down. This will be a WARNING though to anybody who wants to rather see the footage first-hand tomorrow to turn back now.

Especially since there’s something that happens in the clip that has blown the minds of many and could be the type of surprise you want to hold off on seeing before the film’s December release. Though given the franchise’s history of secrecy and misdirection this could most definitely be one big red herring. Either way, this is now your last WARNING before we get to the footage description. Okay, here we go.

The new footage, which is not online as of yet, showed our main band of heroes, looking out over a grand bazaar in the desert. Almost like a Star Wars farmers market as far as the eye can see. There’s a shot of a bunch of Resistance starships coming out of hyperspace together. John Boyega’s Finn and new character Jannah (played by Naomi Ackie) look up from out of those ships and see just a sea of Star Destroyers. Dozens of them. Filling the entire frame.

There was a shot of C-3PO with red eyes. A shot of Daisy Ridley’s Rey throwing her blue lightsaber almost like a boomerang, cutting down a tree and then coming back to her. Later, she and Adam Driver’s Kylo fight on what seems to be a crashed ship among a very rough body of water. Waves crashing all around them as they fight with their sabers. It’s what you get a glimpse of in the new poster, also released at the convention today.

There was a shot of C-3PO with red eyes. A shot of Daisy Ridley’s Rey throwing her blue lightsaber almost like a boomerang, cutting down a tree and then coming back to her. Later, she and Adam Driver’s Kylo fight on what seems to be a crashed ship among a very rough body of water. Waves crashing all around them as they fight with their sabers. It’s what you get a glimpse of in the new poster, also released at the convention today.

Is Rey in disguise? Has she been turned to the dark side? Who knows. But wow was that final shot an outstanding surprise.

Damn! Damn! Damn! 20 December really can’t get here fast enough!

Last Updated: August 25, 2019

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