This weekend proved to be an exciting one for Star Wars fans. We have now been treated to the Rise of Skywalker D23 footage and it looks like it was an emotional blast to make the movie. J.J. Abrams was reportedly unsure of coming back to helm the final movie in the Skywalker saga after tackling 2015’s The Force Awakens. Whatever the case may be, it looks like he is very happy with his decision to come back and finish what he started after his appearance in Anaheim today.

The Last Jedi was revealed in the same fashion at Star Wars Celebration in 2017. This weekend, fans were treated to a new sizzle reel for The Rise of Skywalker, which boasted some of our best looks of the movie. Emperor Palpatine is back in a major way and he will have a big impact on the story. The (Rise of Skywalker) sizzle reel is pretty much the same, but it seems to have more of a mystery surrounding it then the last one. Lucasfilm and Disney have gone out of their way to keep nearly everything about the upcoming movie under wraps, which has resulted in somewhat of an official news drought until today.

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The Rise of Skywalker trailer was revealed during Star Wars Celebration in Chicago earlier this year and it contained a lot of surprises. As for the footage shown in the new D23 sizzle reel, it looks like a lot of the material was culled from the first trailer as a way to not spoil anything or give too much away. For now, we’ll just have to wait for that second trailer to drop, which might not be until later on in the fall. The second trailer for The Last Jedi didn’t drop until the World Series, which was in October, so one can easily see Lucasfilm and Disney going for a similar marketing strategy to get it in front of as many viewers as possible.

We’ve seen a lot of fan theories surrounding The Rise of Skywalker, but not a lot has been revealed officially, which makes a lot of sense. J.J. Abrams and Lucasfilm have been doing an excellent job of keeping everything under wraps for what is easily one of the biggest cinematic events of the year. With that being said, they are going to have a steep mountain to climb at the box office if they want to get anywhere near the success of Avengers: Endgame, which is now the highest grossing movie of all time.

While it’s been an exciting few days for Star Wars fans, the fun doesn’t stop here. There are plenty of things to look forward to over the next few months, now that the D23 Expo is over. There will more than likely be a lot more Star Wars information on the way, so keep your eyes peeled for more news and activities coming from Lucasfilm.

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