Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker trailer is out, tickets already on sale

The trailer debuted during Monday Night Football halftime, on Carrie Fisher's birthday.

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Get ready, Star Wars fans.


It was a good Monday for Star Wars fans. Tickets for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker went on sale just as the Monday Night Football game was getting underway, and the long-awaited trailer debuted at halftime.

The day of the trailer debut, Oct. 21, would've been Star Wars star Carrie Fisher's 63rd birthday. Fisher died suddenly in 2016 at age 60, but her character, Princess Leia, will appear in the movie via the use of previously unseen footage. She gets one of the most touching lines in the trailer, as she and on-screen brother Luke (Mark Hamill) tell Rey (Daisy Ridley) that the Force will be with her always.

"It's the end of an era, and fans cannot wait to see the epic conclusion to the Skywalker saga that began more than four decades ago," Fandango Managing Editor Erik Davis said in a statement. "'The Rise of Skywalker' is truly among the biggest and most anticipated films ever, and we are beyond excited to see how this momentous chapter in 'Star Wars' storytelling nears its end."

There were rumors last week that the trailer would debut during the Oct. 14 Monday Night Football game instead. Femi Oguns, who represents actor John Boyega, who plays Finn, posted on Instagram that the trailer was coming "Monday." He later apologized for getting it wrong.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker opens Dec. 20 worldwide, with previews Dec. 19.

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Originally published Oct. 19.

Update, Oct. 21: Adds online tickets are now on sale.