Friday’s Star Wars Celebration event from Disney and LucasFilm landed as a roaring success. The presumed centerpiece, of course, was the arrival of the new teaser trailer (ending with the telltale cackle of Emperor Palpatine/Darth Sidious) and the switch out of the Star Wars: Episode IX title for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Director and co-writer J.J. Abrams and much of the cast (including Daisy Ridley and a heavily bearded Oscar Isaac) appeared onstage for a quick panel discussion, but then a little something stole the show.
Meet BB-8’s newest pal, a droid capped off with a megaphone-looking device and whose name appears to be “Dio” or “D-O” or maybe “D/O” (that’s the one that Entertainment Weekly is going with). Neither spelling seems to have earned a consensus (though EW is usually correct), so we don’t know which one is correct as of this writing. Confusion abounds!
Or as one user called it, a “[n]ew f*ckin’ droid thing.”
So, the spelling wars are officially on, as are the warring descriptions (“a desk lamp” or a creature from Plants Vs. Zombies), but no one is questioning the cuteness of this heart-capturing addition to the franchise.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, which will include unreleased footage of Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia (get your tissues ready), will open on Dec. 20.