The last big piece of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker promotional material had the world buzzing, about Daisy Ridley‘s Rey. That’s because the Episode IX footage that was unveiled at D23 featured a climatic shot of Rey in dark robes sporting a double-bladed lightsaber, giving rise to all kinds of “Dark Rey” theories and speculation.
Well, today Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is putting out a different kind of message about Rey. That message comes via a new image that concretely reaffirms Rey’s position as galaxy’s best hope:
“Something inside me has always been there. But now it’s awake.” pic.twitter.com/RGQ3qywzLm
— Star Wars (@starwars) September 16, 2019
“Something inside me has always been there. But now it’s awake.”
This new image comes with the ominous call back to Rey’s famous line from Star Wars: The Last Jedi, when she pleads with Luke Skywalker for tutelage:
“Something inside me has always been there… but now it’s awake, and I’m afraid. I don’t know what it is, or what to do with it, and I need help.”
However, the image above, combined with the truncated version of the quote, sends an entirely different message: this looks like a fully-powered Rey, one who no longer has need of the “… I’m afraid. I don’t know what it is, or what to do with it…” part of that quote.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will be in theaters on December 20th.