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New footage for Star Wars 9 (opens in new tab): Rise of Skywalker has debuted to an expectant crowd at D23. While the trailer shown to the crowd has not been released to the public (or online), our writers were at the D23 panel to witness the new footage, which included a final shot of a certain Jedi knight seemingly turning to the Dark side. 

The footage began with a montage of the older Star Wars movies, including footage from the original, prequel and sequel trilogy. Then, the first new shot: Rey, Poe, Finn, C3PO and R2D2 all on a new desert planet. They look out at a huge bustling market-type location.

Then, a montage of stunning new scenes, including one shot of a hundred Star Destroyers suspended in space, and C3PO with red eyes. Also seen: Kylo Ren and Rey having an epic lightsabre fight as waves crash around them. Rey, at this moment has a blue lightsabre... and in the final moments, she has a red one.

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Does she turn to the Dark side? The fleeting shot, which lasted two seconds, saw Rey wearing an ominous hood and wielding a double ended red sabre,  modelled after her staff, first seen in The Force Awakens.

The debate will surely rage as to whether this is a Palpatine-induced vision or her future. All we know for now is, Rise of the Skywalker looks set to be phenomenal. 

A new Star Wars 9 poster has also been released and is available to see below. Director JJ Abrams also spoke about Carrie Fisher's inclusion in the movie, saying: “We couldn’t possibly tell the end of these films without Leia. Carrie as Leia gets to be in the film using Force Awakens footage.”

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Missed out on any of the reveals from a jam-packed D23 2019 schedule (opens in new tab)? We’ve got you covered: Ewan McGregor is returning at Obi-Wan for a new Disney+ series (opens in new tab), while on the other side of a galaxy far, far away, the first Mandalorian trailer (opens in new tab) has been released to the public.

Meanwhile, on the MCU side of things, some new Marvel TV shows (opens in new tab) have been confirmed, with She-Hulk (opens in new tab), Moon Knight, and Ms. Marvel all coming to the service across the next few years.

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