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SEE IT: First ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ trailer sets up the fight of a lifetime

2019-08-26

Rey (Daisy Ridley) wields a Dark Side lightsaber in new 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' footage. (Lucasfilm / Disney)

“The Rise of Skywalker” promises the beginning of the end.

The first trailer for Episode IX, released early Monday morning, sets the stage for a final showdown with a history of the epic saga, scenes from a lifetime of lightsabers.

“We’ve passed on all we know," Luke says in a voiceover. "A thousand generations live in you now. But this is your fight.”

The two-minute trailer rushes through a bevy of new shots, including a duel between Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), Finn (John Boyega) and Jannah (Naomi Ackie) in the cockpit, a glimpse of the late Carrie Fisher and, most importantly, a hooded Rey with a red double-sided lightsaber.

The conclusion of the nine-film saga, which began with “A New Hope” in 1977, also stars Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Mark Hamill, Billy Dee Williams, Ian McDiarmid, Richard E. Grant and Keri Russell.

“The Rise of Skywalker” hits theaters Dec. 20.