Perhaps anticipating an early blowout — the Patriots were beating the Jets 17-0 before the end of the first quarter — Disney ensured that viewers wouldn’t tune out “Monday Night Football” too soon by premiering the final trailer for “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” at halftime.
The studio has kept the ninth and concluding chapter of the so-called “Skywalker saga” largely under wraps, putting out only an initial trailer in April and then a “Special Look” promo in August that was long on footage previously seen in earlier films.
The new clip focuses on the looming showdown between the Resistance, personified by the Jedi warrior Rey (Daisy Ridley), and the First Order, led by Kylo Ren (Adam Driver). As in the earlier trailer, Lando Calrissian (Billy Dee Williams) is seen riding alongside Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo), and another returning character, the villainous Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid), is heard only in voice-over.
The nearly nonstop action pauses for a nostalgic moment as the droid C-3PO (Anthony Daniels) checks out his fellow crew members and tells the fighter pilot Poe (Oscar Isaac) that he’s “taking one last look, sir, at my friends.”
Directed by J.J. Abrams, “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” lands in theaters on Dec. 20.
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