Star Wars is a film franchise like no other. Since 1977, fans have followed three generations of Skywalkers struggle between the dark side and light side of the Force. But now, that's all coming to an end. Even though stories from that galaxy far, far away will continue, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will be the ninth and final installment of the Skywalker Saga when released in theaters December 20, 2019.
As the final chapter, Episode IX faces the daunting task of closing the book on a forty-plus year filmography and bringing the saga full circle. Therefore, a galaxy's worth of references are sure to abound; but thankfully, there's no need to wait until the film's release. The first teaser alone for The Rise of Skywalker was packed with references to Star Wars lore; and so without further ado, here are 10 callbacks we noticed in the first Rise of Skywalker teaser.
10 Rey's Breathing
The teaser opens with Rey's labored breathing. This has been a familiar opening for Star Wars teasers of late. For example, in the first Force Awakens teaser, Finn pops up into the frame saying nothing but breathing heavily. This is echoed again in The Last Jedi teaser where Luke's voiceover instructs Rey to breathe, just breathe.
9 Rey's Blaster
In The Force Awakens, Han Solo gives Rey his weapon of choice: a blaster. This same blaster is clearly seen strapped to her hip when she ignites her lightsaber in this teaser.
She's also sporting the blaster in true Han Solo style via leg holster. Speaking of which, this particular Western-style shot is also reminiscent of a similar shot from Solo: A Star Wars Story. It also promises that we may see her using both at the same time, which would be incredible.
8 Rey's Outfit
Rey's new outfit has to be a callback to Padme's Geonosis getup from Attack of the Clones. Both outfits are white, designed for action, and Rey sports an armband similar to those Padme wears. Rey's outfit also has a white hood, even though we don't see her wear it. This could be a callback to Leia's signature white dress and hood from A New Hope.
Rey's new outfit is reminiscent of what she wore in The Force Awakens which itself is similar to Luke's desert apparel in A New Hope.
7 Anakin's Lightsaber
It's the first lightsaber ever ignited on screen; and so far, it has belonged to Anakin, Luke, and now Rey. But in The Force Awakens, Kylo Ren claimed it belonged to him; and in The Last Jedi, he and Rey tore in two during a force-fueled tug of war.
In the opening shot of the teaser, Rey is shown with that legendary lightsaber. But it's fully intact, and she even ignites it. This singular weapon is a callback to years of Star Wars film and ties the anthology together.
6 We'll Always Be With You
Towards the end of the teaser, Luke's voiceover says, "We'll always be with you." This echoes what Obi-Wan Kenobi told Luke in Return of the Jedi after Yoda's death. Now Yoda was seen as a force ghost with both Obi-Wan and Anakin at the end of the film, and then again in The Last Jedi. Is this callback further evidence of Luke's possible return in Rise of Skywalker?
5 Every Generation Has A Legend
In the teaser, the phrase "every generation has a legend" appears. Sound familiar? This is because the same text was used in the first teaser for Star Wars: The Phantom Menace.
Since Episode IX is the end of the Skywalker saga, references to the prequels make sense and hints these films may have a stronger presence than expected.
4 The Death Star Wreckage
Without question, the best part of this teaser is the shot of Rey overlooking the Death Star wreckage followed by the Emperor's eerie cackling.
Revisiting the Death Star, the site where Luke was finally able to redeem his father and where he became a Jedi himself, is one of the biggest and boldest callbacks we've seen yet.
3 Moisture Vaporators
During one of the action scenes shown in the teaser, viewers catch a quick glimpse of what appears to be moisture vaporators. For those who don't know, moisture vaporators are those narrow spires dotting the landscape where audiences first meet Luke Skywalker in A New Hope. They are found on dry desert planets and harvest moisture from the air.
Desert planets have always been destinations of importance in the Star Wars universe ranging from Tatooine to Jedha to Jakku. The introduction of the new dry and sandy planet of Pasaana is a definite callback to the saga's past locales.
2 Luke Or Han's Medal of Bravery
In The Last Jedi, we see Luke give Leia Han's gold dice. Now in the Rise of Skywalker teaser, we see Leia holding either Luke or Han's Medal of Bravery. The last time fans saw one of these medals was when they were awarded to Luke and Han at the end of A New Hope.
1 No One's Ever Really Gone
One of the most powerful lines from The Last Jedi came from Luke and Leia's reunion on the planet Crait. Leia had just confessed she knew her son, Ben Solo who's now Kylo Ren, is gone. Luke shakes his head and says, "No one's ever really gone."
Now in the teaser, as Rey looks out at the wreckage of the Death Star, we hear Luke repeat the same line. This time, those powerful words have a different feel, especially since the next thing we hear is the Emperor's iconic cackle! Overall, it's clearly a callback to both the previous film in the anthology and the originals.