Rey uses the Jedi Mind Trick and Chewie speaks up in the latest Star Wars 9 TV spot. Lucasfilm and Disney are going into promotional overdrive as the release date nears. We're now less than three weeks away from the final installment in the Skywalker Saga hitting theaters and we're still getting teased with new footage. With that being said, J.J. Abrams and crew have done a good job teasing without giving away a whole lot of the main storyline. We know some broad details, but no specifics.

The latest look at The Rise of Skywalker takes a lot of the footage we've seen in past spots and trailers, but adds little bits of extra dialogue. For instance, when we see that Stormtroopers can fly on the desert planet of Pasaana, we hear Chewbacca weigh in on the situation. We previously heard C-3PO, Finn, and Poe talk about the obvious, but now we finally hear it from the Wookiee perspective, which sounds like he wants everybody to focus on the task at hand instead of messing around. We also see Rey use the old Jedi Mind Trick to persuade some weak-minded Stormtroopers to let her pass. Elsewhere, there's a huge mystery explosion.

Chewbacca has had it pretty rough during the sequel trilogy. His life partner Han Solo was killed off in 2015's The Force Awakens and then his estranged buddy Luke Skywalker sacrificed it all during the final moments of 2017's The Last Jedi. Hopefully Lando is coming along to spend the rest of his life with the Wookiee, or at least joining the rest of The Resistance to fight The First Order for the final time. Regardless, Chewie seems to be taking everything okay, despite all of the sadness in his life leading up to The Rise of Skywalker.

The Rise of Skywalker cast includes the return of Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong'o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, and Billie Lourd. Carrie Fisher is a part of the cast, thanks to leftover footage from The Force Awakens. Joining the cast are Naomi Ackie, Richard E. Grant, Dominic Monaghan, and Keri Russell. Fisher will also be joined by veteran Star Wars actors Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Billy Dee Williams, and Warwick Davis, who is reportedly back as Wicket W. Warrick, the Ewok. We haven't seen the Ewoks on the big screen since Return of the Jedi.

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Hopes are high for The Rise of Skywalker at the moment. Box office finds the final movie in the Star Wars sequel trilogy to be tracking less than the previous installment, but not by much. If the early reactions to the movie are positive, it will go a long way in getting Star Wars fans who were on the fence ready to hit theaters for the opening weekend, which will more than likely be a madhouse. But, that's all a part of the fun when going to check out the latest in the franchise. You can check out the latest TV spot above, thanks to the Star Wars YouTube channel.

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