[WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD.] Star Wars fans have been waiting anxiously for any official word about Star Wars: Episode IX. It seems that yesterday Disney and Lucasfilm finally threw us a bone. Ok, not *officially*, but a shareholder that was present at a screening of Episode IX footage gave us a description of what he saw. Today we’re going to examine that information a little more closely.

Return of the Tantive IV?

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The Tantive IV flees the Battle of Scarif in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
(Image: Disney/Lucasfilm)

First and foremost is the statement that they (the shareholders) saw “a blockade runner in an abandoned looking hangar.” Now, JJ Abrams is already on record as saying that the final Skywalker installment would tie all the saga films together. I’ve got ten bucks that says if the Episode IX footage contained a blockade runner, it’s the Tantive IV. That ship carried Princess Leia away from the Battle of Scarif (as seen in Rogue One). Of course Vader captured it, and her, in the opening scenes of A New Hope.  “Send a distress signal, and inform the senate that all aboard were killed,” Vader had said. We never knew what happened to the ship after that. Until now?

Episode IX Footage Shows Vader’s Mask

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Vader didn’t survive his third movie. Will Kylo Ren? (Image: Disney/Lucasfilm)

Mention of “Kylo Ren in a white room looking at the Vader helmet” was the other big reveal from the post. Snoke is dead, Rey abandoned her connection to Kylo, and Ren is lost. It’s no big leap to assume he’d go back to his grandfather for counsel. This also falls in line with a recent rumor that Kylo Ren is getting a new, white ship. Is Kylo turning back to the light?

The rest of the information mostly refers to the sequel trilogy main characters of Rey, Finn, and Poe. The three of them together in the Falcon isn’t that big of a surprise. We’ve already seen leaked footage of Poe, Chewbacca and Finn together, hinting that they flew together in the ship. Plus, Rey, Finn, and Poe were all together aboard the Falcon at the end of The Last Jedi . Lando’s brief appearance is certainly encouraging, as well. Perhaps there’s some truth the rumor that he’ll end up with the Falcon, after all.

Stormtroopers getting blasted in The Force Awakens. (Image: Disney/Lucasfilm)

Lastly we have an explosion knocking Stormtroopers around a hangar bay. What is Star Wars without at least some kind of space battle? As this is the final saga film, that battle is bound to be epic. And, you know, who doesn’t enjoy watching Stormtroopers getting blown to bits?

We expect to see more footage at Star Wars Celebration in April, and we can hardly wait!