J.J. Abrams has shared the first official clip from The Rise of Skywalker. Disney and Lucasfilm are really starting the promotional push for the highly anticipated movie. The clip teases an awesome chase scene, which fits right in line with the Star Wars franchise. It also does a good job of not spoiling anything about the movie, so fans who are worried about not wanting to see too much before the movie hits theaters should be just fine with watching the short clip.
.@starwars launched 42 years ago. And 24 days from now, the final chapter will be revealed in theaters! We are THRILLED to have director @jjabrams with us this morning — and he’s sharing an EXCLUSIVE clip from #TheRiseOfSkywalker! pic.twitter.com/gOfUTGWzpW— Good Morning America (@GMA) November 25, 2019
According to J.J. Abrams, The Rise of Skywalker clip takes place at the beginning of the movie. The scene in question has been teased in the latest promotional material and takes place on the desert planet of Pasaana while the Resistance is on the run. They are being chased by the new Jet Troopers, which catch our heroes off guard since they didn't know that the First Order can fly now. It's also a little dose of comedy, which is something Star Wars fans either love or hate.
J.J. Abrams also confirmed that reshoots for The Rise of Skywalker were still happening in October, though he says The Force Awakens was the same way, so he didn't really fret about it. Fans have been curious as to what these reshoots were all about since there has been a lot of Star Wars fan theories tied to early set leaks. Speaking of which, the director also confirmed that the script that found its way to eBay was legit, though he wouldn't mention who was responsible.
The Rise of Skywalker has some extra pressure to deliver and not only because it's the final movie in the Skywalker Saga. First, it's the first movie on the big screen to come after Solo, which didn't perform as well as the studio would have hoped. Secondly, The Mandalorian seems to have perfected a recipe that nearly all Star Wars fans can agree on. It hits a lot of notes that many believe the sequel trilogy should have done. With that being said, we could see a tie-in to the movie on the show in the days leading up to the premiere.
The Mandalorian is releasing two episodes the week of The Rise of Skywalker's premiere. There will be an episode on Wednesday and then Friday. This could all be just some clever marketing by Disney to keep the Star Wars franchise in the news cycle, but some fans are hoping that there will be a bigger connection. While that is completely speculation, it would be pretty amazing and Marvel Studios-like if they were able to pull all of that off in secret. For now, we'll just have to wait and see. Luckily, the wait is just about over. You can check out The Rise of Skywalker clip below, thanks to the Good Morning America Twitter account. The clip starts at the 1:58 mark.