Disney has unveiled a new poster for Star Wars: The Return Of Skywalker at the Disney 23 expo, and we’re living for it.
And it doesn’t look like good news as Rey and Kylo Ren can be seen duelling, in front of a creepy looking Darth Sidious.
Episode IX might not be out until 20 December, but that hasn’t stopped fans going into total meltdown over the preview, with some going so far as to say it’s the ‘best’ poster yet.
‘Welp this is the best modern SW poster,’ one said, while another screamed: ‘I’m quaking’.
‘Pretty bad ass looking poster to be honest,’ an impressed follower added.
While many, many more begged for more information.
And, right on cue, director JJ Abrams took a second to drop some nuggets about the upcoming release, revealing Carrie Fisher is the ‘heart’ of the whole thing.
Addressing the crowd during a panel appearance, he said: ‘The character of Leia is really, in a way, the heart of this story.
‘We realised we could not possibly tell the end of these nine films without Leia.’
Speaking about how they would use pre-recorded footage of the late actress, he continued: ‘We realised that we had footage from Episode VII, and we could use it in a new way.’
Bring. It. On.
JJ previously explained there was absolutely no way they were ever going to recast Princess Leia after Carrie sadly died, in 2016.
‘You don’t recast that part and you don’t suddenly have her disappear,’ he said following the release of the first Rise Of Skywalker trailer.
‘Looking at those scenes and starting to understand that there was actually a way to use those scenes and continue her story, so that it would be her…
‘The idea of having a CG (computer-generated) character was off the table… We said, “What if we could write scenes about her, so it’s her performance?”
‘Every day it hits me that she’s not here. It’s so surreal because we are working with her still, if that makes sense. She’s in scenes. She’s alive in scenes.’
Star Wars: The Return Of Skywalker is in cinemas on 20 December.
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