A new Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker TV spot includes some fresh footage, including a look at Rey confronting Darth Vader's mask. Disney has been promoting their upcoming blockbuster since Star Wars Celebration Chicago back in April, but now that there's only a month remaining until the film hits theaters, they're starting to kick marketing efforts into overdrive. In late October, the studio released the final Rise of Skywalker trailer, and things have only picked up from there. In addition to the first wave of merchandise on Triple Force Friday, there continue to be spoiler-averse still images.
Among the last marketing materials to see the light of day are TV spots, which typically hit the scene a few weeks before a movie comes out. Considering Disney's approach to promoting new Star Wars movies, it'd be reasonable to assume the Rise of Skywalker TV spots would primarily consist of recycled footage that was seen in the earlier trailers. However, Disney's peeling back the curtain a little bit more, showing some new clips.
Today, the official Star Wars Instagram account shared a new Rise of Skywalker TV spot. Watch it for yourself in the space below:
Most viewers know Darth Vader's helmet has played a role in the sequels, appearing briefly in The Force Awakens. Kylo Ren is obsessed with living up to his grandfather's legacy and communed with the mask when he felt the pull of the light. With J.J. Abrams back at the helm, it'll be interesting to see how Vader's mask factors into The Rise of Skywalker. The final trailer included a quick shot of Rey and Kylo seemingly working together to destroy the mask. That led fans to speculate Palpatine had possessed the helmet and corrupted the young Ben Solo, but that hasn't been officially confirmed at this point. Like most aspects about the film's plot, Vader's helmet is being kept under wraps.
Elsewhere, the TV spot doesn't feature anything too revealing. It's mainly alternate looks at scenes that have been glimpsed before, including the Pasaana speeder chase and Rey and Kylo's lightsaber duel on the Death Star wreckage. Disney was also smart to include Emperor Palpatine's ominous laugh in the background towards the end, a threatening reminder of what the heroes are up against time time around. The Star Wars big bad has yet to formally be unveiled in footage, but the studio is making sure audiences are aware he's in The Rise of Skywalker. It will be very interesting to see what Abrams and company have in store for Darth Sidious.