Star Wars Episode IX: What new footage was shown this morning?


Star Wars: Episode IX does not have an official trailer yet, but there’s apparently enough acceptable footage to show to shareholders.

The wait for a Star Wars Episode IX trailer continues, even after the Annual Shareholders Meeting held earlier today by the Walt Disney Company. However, the shareholders didn’t walk away without getting to see a little something.

During the meeting, Disney CEO Bob Iger emphasized that J.J. Abrams had a hand in choosing what was shown, and emphasized that filming is only just done, while editing is only beginning. Those who listened to the simultaneous webcast didn’t get to see the footage, but someone who was there, Scott Ladewig, posted a description on Twitter.

Here’s what went down:

Naturally, fans are reading into this quite heavily:

White is not completely associated with the light side, though; stormtroopers wear white, and the First Order’s insignia is also black and white. In short, don’t expect Anakin Skywalker to come through for his grandson.

Additionally, though Kylo Ren’s helmet doesn’t appear in this footage, that doesn’t mean it’s not happening. Rumors suggest it’s making a comeback, albeit with a slightly different look after getting smashed in the wall of an elevator during the events of The Last Jedi.

Meanwhile, Chewbacca’s bowcaster showing up in the hands of someone else is something of a signature for Abrams’ Star Wars films, too; Han uses it during The Force Awakens. While we don’t think this indicates that Rey will die, because correlation is not causation, it’s just interesting to note that it’s a recurring event.

“Some abandoned looking ship interior [sic]” calls Jakku to mind, just because being a ship graveyard is its defining characteristic. Besides, it would certainly pay off on Finn being upset with everyone wanting to go back to Jakku in The Force Awakens. Additionally, it’d echo the original trilogy of films, where some of the action takes place on Tatooine both in A New Hope and Return of the Jedi. Hopefully that’s not the only reason Jakku would appear, if it does.

Will some of these shots make it into the trailer? Your guess is as good as ours, but some of these images seem particularly suited to make a big impact.

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Star Wars: Episode IX arrives in theaters Dec. 20.