New ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ trailer arrives on Carrie Fisher’s birthday

Disney revealed its much anticipated trailer for “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” the final installment of the franchise’s Skywalker saga story line.

The trailer dropped during halftime of “Monday Night Football,” debuting on what would have been the late Carrie Fisher’s 63rd birthday. The actress was best known for her role as Princess Leia in the famed franchise.

Fisher died in December of 2016 after going into cardiac arrest on an airplane from London to Los Angeles. Director J.J. Abrams said at Disney’s D23 Expo in August that unused footage Fisher filmed before her death would be utilized in “The Rise of Skywalker,” without CGI or digital animation, according to Variety.

“The character of Leia is really, in a way, the heart of this story,” Abrams said. “We realized we could not possibly tell the end of these nine films without Leia. We realized that we had footage from ‘Episode VII,’ and we could use it in a new way.”

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