Those who simply can't wait until next week to see The Rise of Skywalker and want a little taste of what's to come are in luck. Lucasfilm has partnered with Amazon to reveal a special look at the upcoming entry in the sci-fi franchise, but it's not as simple as heading to YouTube and clicking on a video link. The companies decided to get a little clover with this latest bit of marketing.
To access the video, which is more of a featurette than a trailer, there are two options. First off, head on over to Amazon.com or the Amazon App and type #TheRiseOfSkywalker into the search bar. At that point, a page pimping the movie will come up, There are links to either purchase tickets, or buy Star Wars merch. The second option is by using an Amazon Fire TV device by saying the phrase "Alexa, the Force will be with you always" into the mic. That will bring up a link to the special look as well.
The video opens with archival footage from the filming of the original Star Wars trilogy. It then begins to weave in behind-the-scenes video shot during production on Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, editing it together with productions of the past. It does a good job of tying things together and making a point that this is truly the end of the saga as we know it. J.J. Abrams, speaking in the video, has this to say.
"There is nothing like the Star Wars series. Its sense of humanity. Its sense of heart, and it's sense of adventure. The ending of Episode IX is a conclusion of a story that is over 40 years in the making... This is one big story that comes to this final conclusion that is intimate and emotional and moving."
There is some footage from the movie itself, some of which is quite emotional, most of which we've seen in other spots or trailers though. As has been the case with much of the marketing, the cast, including Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Mark Hamill and Anthony Daniels, all hammer away at the fact that this is the end. Not the end of Star Wars entirely, but the end of this nine-movie arc we've been following since 1977 when George Lucas first brought a galaxy far, far away into the pop-culture consciousness.
The future of the franchise is a bit uncertain currently. We know there will be several shows joining The Mandalorian on Disney+, but on the movie side, ever since Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss parted ways with Lucasfilm over their planned trilogy, things have been a bit hazier. With that in mind, this is going to be the final movie in the series for some time. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters on December 20. To check out the video, head on over to Amazon.