New Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker footage shows darker side of Rey
A double-bladed lightsaber stirs up the shock.
Gael Fashingbauer Cooper
CNET freelancer Gael Fashingbauer Cooper, a journalist and pop-culture junkie, is co-author of "Whatever Happened to Pudding Pops? The Lost Toys, Tastes and Trends of the '70s and '80s," as well as "The Totally Sweet '90s." If Marathon candy bars ever come back, she'll be first in line.
Rey's new look, complete with a brand new double-bladed red lightsaber, first revealed in the D23 footage, has earned plenty of fan comments and concern about the character possibly turning to the dark side.
"I think that it should hopefully show people that we did a big old journey and we explored some things," actress Daisy Ridley said after the Disney panel, according to IGN. "So just you wait until the film."
The video begins with classic footage tracing the Star Wars saga from the days of baby-faced Luke and Leia onward, including a lovely shot of Princess turned General Leia, played by the late Carrie Fisher. Director J.J. Abrams spoke over the weekend about how he used previously unseen footage to add Fisher to the film.
Fans have already seen a teaser trailer for the film. That preview, released in April, showed some additional Rey lightsaber action; a quick look at Lando Calrissian (Billy Dee Williams); Rey embracing Leia; and some wisdom from Luke Skywalker.