Kylo Ren Darth Vader mask
Kylo Ren Darth Vader mask

A description of Star Wars: Episode IX footage screened at a Disney shareholders meeting confirms Darth Vader’s helmet returns in the film – among other revelations.

We’re only nine months away from the release of J.J. AbramsStar Wars: Episode 9, but Lucasfilm still hasn’t revealed the title or unveiled any official footage to the public. But the first Episode 9 footage played this morning to a select group of people during a Disney shareholder presentation, and some descriptions have made their way online.

According to ComicBook.com, the sizzle reel included a look at Lando Calrissian and a scene where Kylo Ren was once again communing with Darth Vader’s helmet. Scott Ladewig posted additional details on Twitter, revealing the footage also featured a shot of Rey, Finn, and Poe Dameron in the Millennium Falcon cockpit, Rey with Chewie’s trademark bowcaster, and more.

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The juiciest morsel here is obviously Kylo with Vader’s helmet, which immediately brings to mind the famous sequence from The Force Awakens. One of Kylo’s defining traits as a character is his obsession with becoming as powerful as Darth Vader and finishing what the Dark Lord started all those decades ago. In Episode VII, the former Ben Solo had a private moment with the helmet where he essentially prayed for guidance to stay on the dark path. At the Last Jedi’s end, Kylo no longer looked like he was being tempted by the light, so it’ll be interesting to see what kind of interaction he has with the helmet in Episode IX. As Supreme Leader, Kylo is in a new situation and may find himself more troubled than usual, leading to him looking to his beloved grandfather for aid.

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