Emperor Palpetine looms in the new Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker poster


If the ominous cackle at the end of the first teaser trailer wasn’t enough of a hint about a villain from Star Wars’ past potentially being tied to the end of the Skywalker saga, the newest poster should help with that.

Released during Disney’s D23 Conference then shared on Twitter, the first poster for this December’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker featured the heroic Rey and villainous Kylo Ren in mid-lightsaber battle while the haunting image of Emperor Palpatine hovers evilly above them.

How Palpetine might tie into things is very unclear since the evil emperor seemingly met his demise at the end of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.

Over the years it’s become common to see Jedi masters return from the realm of death as force ghosts, outside of Anakin Skywalker, once he renounced evil, we haven’t seen anyone from the Dark Side really truly have that ability. Perhaps that is about to change, or something else entirely is at play.

We will find out soon enough, either way.

Directed by the returning J.J. Abrams, the film stars Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, Billie Lourd, Keri Russell, Matt Smith, Naomi Ackie, Richard E. Grant, Anthony Daniels, Mark Hamill, Billy Dee Williams and Carrie Fisher. It opens on December 20.

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