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Our first look at Star Wars Ep IX includes the return of an old favourite

It's the beginning of the end in the Star Wars universe, as Disney give us our first look at Episode IX.

The footage was launched at a Star Wars fan convention in Chicago over the weekend in front of 10 000 excited, lightsaber-weilding fans, and it yielded the return of an old favourite.

In the final seconds of the trailer, the distinctive voice of Emperor Palpatine can be heard. Seconds later, Ian McDiarmid - the actor who played Palpatine in the original series - walked out on stage to frenzied applause.

Episode IX - to be titled 'The Rise of Skywalker' - is set for release on December 20th. And with 19 million people having already watched this trailer, you can expect it's release to be a global event.