International Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker TV Spot Features New Footage of the Climactic Battle
An international ad for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is here, and it features new footage showcasing what looks to be the film’s climactic battle and a new space monster.
The international Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker TV spot is tailor-made for Chinese audiences, and heavily focuses on the journey that Rey is going through in the final film in the series. New shots showcased include another angle for the speeder bike chase, the Sith troopers preparing for battle atop the Star Destroyers that seem to be in-atmosphere, an updated version of the shot of the initial Resistance fleet arriving to fight the Star Destroyers, and – perhaps most surprisingly of all – a scene where Poe, Finn, Chewbacca, and Klaud outmaneuver some TIEs as a space monster tries to eat them.
China notably had a release date blackout for previous Star Wars movies that hit in December, meaning that audiences there had to wait until January to see the movies of the Disney era. While Chinese audiences have never really cared for the Star Wars franchise as a whole (since the original movies were banned from their cinemas for a very long time, and the newer movies aren’t really their thing), this is still a pretty good move for capitalizing on global interest for the franchise.
But aside from that… Can we talk about Klaud? Because that guy is something else.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will be released on December 20, 2019. The film features the return of Mark Hamill, Billy Dee Williams, Ian McDiarmid, Anthony Daniels, Jimmy Vee, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, Billie Lourd, Greg Grunberg, and Brian Herring as the puppeteer behind BB-8. New cast members include Naomi Ackie, Richard E. Grant, Keri Russell, and Dominic Monaghan. Archive footage of Carrie Fisher will also be repurposed and utilized. The Rise of Skywalker is directed by J. J. Abrams, produced by Abrams, Kathleen Kennedy, Michelle Rejwan, and written by Abrams and Chris Terrio, with their work being based on characters created by George Lucas. Dan Mindel serves as cinematographer, Maryann Brandon and Stefan Grube as editors, and John Williams as composer of what will be his final Star Wars film.
Grant has been a fan of Star Wars for as long as he can remember, having seen every movie on the big screen. When he’s not hard at work with his college studies, he keeps himself busy by reporting on all kinds of Star Wars news for SWNN and general movie news on the sister site, Movie News Net. He served as a frequent commentator on SWNN’s The Resistance Broadcast.