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New ‘Rise of Skywalker’ Poster Is Straight From The ’80s

This is about as retro-Star Wars as it gets.

Credit: Lucasfilm/Disney

If you’re worried that the future of Star Wars is getting all edgy and modern, don’t worry. The next big Star Wars movie — The Rise of Skywalker — is looking retro as hell. The new poster released for The Rise of Skywalker feels like its straight from the ’80s, in a good way.

On Saturday, during the D23 Disney Expo, new art for The Rise of Skywalker was released, and unlike that weird fake leaked poster from a few months back, this poster is the real deal. Check it out in all of its glory below.

Now, overall, this poster feels a tiny bit cheesy, which is exactly what makes it so great. Unless you were living underneath a pop-culture rock, you probably already knew Emperor Palpatine was (somehow?) returning for this final installment of the new trilogy, but if you didn’t know that…well..there’s his creepy face! On the nerdy side of the force, the appearance of the Emperor’s giant, wrinkly, evil face should make everyone feel confident that the Emperor isn’t returning as a young clone of himself, or as a ghost, but instead, is back-to-life in the totally disgusting flesh.

Also of note is the fact that Kylo Ren is wearing his helmet again, which is weird because he totally broke it in The Last Jedi, and it looked like somebody was stitching it back together in that last Rise of Skywalker trailer. Either way, Kylo squaring off against Rey, while standing on some kind of spacey spire looks old-school as hell and totally thrilling. Nothing about this poster is trying to be cool. It’s trying to be Star Wars, which is why it looks fantastic.

The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters everywhere on December 20, 2019. New behind-the-scenes footage has been screened at D23, but it hasn’t hit the internet, yet.