Tonight a new trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is dropping, but as the major studios like to do nowadays, Disney and Lucasfilm have already released a few teasers to get fans hyped for this preview. Well, for all you Star Wars Rebels fans out there, the latest teaser has a cool tie-in to the animated series, because if you look closely, you’ll notice The Ghost, the starship the show’s main characters traveled in. Take a look!
Look closely at the right side of the screen when the Millennium Falcon drops into view alongside all those other ships prepared for battle; that’s definitely The Ghost, right? It wouldn’t be the first time this ship has appeared in live action, as it was previously glimpsed during Rogue One. But that movie was set around the same time as Star Wars Rebels, so to see The Ghost is still active over three decades later in this footage (via Zcure1) is remarkable.
Like the Millennium Falcon, The Ghost has been through a lot over the years, but it’ll be a welcome addition to one of the final battles between The Resistance and The First Order, if not the final one. That said, it’s unlikely we should expect to see any of the ship’s occupants during Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Even if someone like Hera Syndulla or Sabine Wren is still at the helm, there’s enough going on in the movie that there would barely be any time to get a peek at them.
Still, it’s nice to see this interconnectivity between a Star Wars movie and a project from elsewhere in a galaxy far, far away. And who knows, even if we don’t see who’s inside The Ghost during Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, that doesn’t mean characters from Star Wars Rebels couldn’t appear in a different live action project; like one of the Disney+ shows, for example.
Looking at the bigger picture, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is set to not only wrap up the narrative of the Sequel Trilogy, but also concluded the entire Skywalker Saga. The Resistance and The First Order will clash one year after the events of The Last Jedi, and needless to say the outcome will determine the fate of the galaxy.
Besides the Star Wars Sequel Trilogy’s main cast being present and accounted for, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is introducing plenty of new characters, including Naomi Ackie’s Jannah, Richard E. Grant’s Allegiant General Pryde and Keri Russell’s Zorro Bliss. Some old favorites will also make their grand return, namely Billy Dee Williams’ Lando Calrissian and Ian McDiarmid’s Palpatine, and unused footage from The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi was used to show Leia Organa being involved in the story.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker opens in theaters on December 20, and check back later today for the next full-length trailer. You can also plan your trips to the theater for the rest of the year accordingly with our 2019 release schedule.