Stephen: Star Wars Episode 9 teaser leaves fans freaking out, with Lando and Leia appearances

The force awakened on Friday with the release of the first official teaser for Star Wars IX: The Rise of Skywalker. The two-minute clip opens with Rey (Daisy Ridley) grabbing her lightsaber as she seemingly prepares to take on Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) as his TIE silencer fighter approaches from the distance. There are also shots of Finn (John Boyega), Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac), Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), BB-8–and for the first time in this new Star Wars trilogy, the return of Lando Calrissian (Billy Dee Williams), who delivers one of his signature laughs while flying alongside his old buddy Chewbacca. The teaser also shows Rey hugging Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), with director JJ Abrams revealing at Friday’s Star Wars Celebration in Chicago that he found a way to write the late Fisher’s character into The Rise of Skywalker using Force Awakens footage that was left on the cutting-room floor. The teaser ends with Kylo Ren’s menacing laugh and the words, “The Saga Comes to an End.” Star Wars IX: The Rise of Skywalker soars into theaters in December.

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