HBO’s ‘Watchmen’ is Set in an Alternate Universe, But It Opened With a Real-Life Attack Many of Us Never Learned About

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Watchmen's Tulsa Race Massacre

When I tuned in to last night’s premiere episode of Watchmen, Damon Lindelof‘s sequel/remix of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ iconic graphic novel from the 1980s, I thought I’d be in for equal parts superhero action, mystery, and world-building. But I was not expecting that world-building to begin by whisking audiences back to a real-life American tragedy in which hundreds of black people were killed, businesses were destroyed, and bombs were dropped from the sky.

Judging from the reaction I’ve seen so far, I’m not the only one who didn’t know that Watchmen‘s Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921 was a real event. Below, you can learn more about the actual event and how its depiction in the episode came to be.

The Watchmen comic establishes that the story is set in an alternate reality, and though the show is set in that same reality, the pilot’s harrowing opening scene was taken straight out of our real history. The scene depicts a young black boy’s family trying to get him to safety in the midst of the carnage happening in the streets; it has shades of Superman’s origin story (something Matt Singer wrote about over at ScreenCrush earlier today), but unlike the destruction of Krypton, this chaos really happened. Here’s a Vox video from earlier this year which explains the history:

If you’re not able to watch the video, this piece at Vulture does a good job of summarizing why many of us never learned about this in school:

For decades the event became the subject of a wide-ranging cover-up involving suppressed newspaper back issues and missing police records, an attempt to erase an ugly stain from Oklahoma history. Only in 2001 did the state of Oklahoma establish an investigative commission to get to the bottom of the incident that ravaged the prosperous, predominantly black Tulsa neighborhood of Greenwood, concluding that it left as many as 300 residents dead and 8,000 homeless in the span of 18 hours. The short version: a black, teenaged elevator operator was falsely accused of sexual assault, sparking tensions that culminated in white Tulsa residents all but destroying the neighborhood and slaughtering many of its residents — even attacking by plane.

Lindelof first heard about this event from this article from Ta-Nehisi Coates in The Atlantic called “The Case for Reparations,” because it’s not widely covered in schools. In fact, the outlet says that as of this year, the massacre is still not being taught in Oklahoma classrooms.

From a production standpoint, Nicole Kassell, who directed the pilot, did a great interview (also with Vulture) about staging the opening scene, and she explained that as horrific as the imagery was that appeared in the show, they filmed some other things based on real life which didn’t make the cut: “There was a dog that ran by with its tail on fire. There were white spectators just watching. You know, white women just came to see the show.” That’s clearly horrible, and it looks like the elaborate ploy to cover this up largely worked…until now, when thousands of people learned about this tragedy from an extremely unlikely source.

Watchmen airs on Sunday nights on HBO.

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HBO Appeals Arbitration Order in ‘Leaving Neverland’ Fight

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Will Tyler, the Creator’s LGBTQ-Themed ‘Igor’ Make History by Winning Rap Album Grammy?

Since the Recording Academy introduced the best rap album Grammy category in 1996, male stars  — especially six-time winner Eminem  —  have dominated the rap race. Cardi B made history this past February as the first female solo artist to cross the finish line to the grand prize, for her 2018 debut “Invasion of Privacy.” […]
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Natalie Portman Weighs in on ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’s’ Possible Breast Cancer Storyline

Natalie Portman doesn’t know if “Thor: Love and Thunder” will include a breast cancer storyline for her character Jane Foster, but she’s definitely intrigued by the possibility. “It’s just very rare that these kinds of big entertainment films look at more serious, real-life issues,” she told Variety at L.A. Dance Project’s 8th annual fundraising gala […]
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‘Watchmen’ Soundtrack From Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross Being Released in Three Volumes

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Everyone’s talking about Watchmen, and rightfully so. The HBO adaptation of the iconic graphic novel is fantastic and lives up to the hype. It also features a killer score courtesy of Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. The score will be streaming at some point, but if you want to get your hands on a vinyl release, you’re in luck. The Watchmen soundtrack will be released in three volumes on vinyl, with each release coinciding with a major plot point on the series. In addition to the soundtrack news, you can also check out a link to supplementary material that will fill in the blanks between the Watchmen comic and the new show.

HBO’s @watchmen has begun! Three Volume Original Score from Trent and Atticus now available to preorder.
Visit https://t.co/lLkZKZMDDm for more details and to preorder.https://t.co/gNzQjpEgGv#WatchmenHBO pic.twitter.com/CXCEUMlBjo

— nine inch nails (@nineinchnails) October 21, 2019

As you can see above, the Watchmen score is being released in three volumes, on three different dates: November 4, November 25, and December 16. That’s a whole lot of music, and there’s a method behind this release madness. Jeff Jenson, a story editor on the show, stated on Twitter that the albums will be released at “key points of the season.” They’ll also be “packed with extras.”

Three albums. Released at key points of the season. Packed with extras. I hope you’ll check them out… https://t.co/Ith747rl0F

— Jeff Jensen (@EWDocJensen) October 21, 2019

Here’s more info directly from the NIN site:







All told, the three releases will feature 39 tracks.

If you’re hungry for even more red hot Watchmen content, you should head on over to this link. HBO is putting out supplementary material that helps fill in some blanks and answer some questions fans might have, specifically about the time period between the comic’s end and the show’s beginning. My guess is this link will be updated every week with more info. Kicking things off are articles about Bass Reeves, the figure seen in the silent movie that starts the first episode; background on Rorschach and how he’s become a hero to the white supremacist group the Seventh Kavalry; and an article about Adrian Veidt being declared dead.

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Yes, Chris Hemsworth Would Love To Join The Star Wars Franchise

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He's already mastered Force Lightning, grant this man the rank of Master!

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Luxbox Closes Sales on Venice Film ‘Sole’ to U.S., France (EXCLUSIVE)

Fiorella Moretti and Hedi Zardi’s Paris-based sales agency Luxbox has closed several territory deals on Carlos Sironi’s “Sole,” which screened in Venice Film Festival’s Orizzonti section and Toronto Film Festival’s Discovery sidebar. The film just won the audience award at Pingyao Intl. Film Festival in China and a Special Jury Mention for the lead actors […]
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Ozuna Joins Vin Diesel in ‘Fast & Furious 9’

Trap and reggaeton singer Ozuna has signed on for a role in “Fast & Furious 9” and is in talks to appear on the film’s soundtrack. Justin Lin, who directed “Fast & Furious 6,” returns to direct the ninth installment with franchise mainstay Vin Diesel starring as Dominic Toretto. Dan Casey wrote the screenplay from […]
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Netflix Temporarily Re-Opens New York’s Iconic Paris Theatre for ‘Marriage Story’ Limited Run

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marriage story theatrical release

When Manhattan’s Paris Theatre closed its doors in August, it was a huge loss for the New York movie-going community. The beloved theater was the last prestige single-screen movie house in the city. But while we may not always have Paris, Netflix ensures that we’ll have it for at least a couple more weeks this November. Netflix is setting a Marriage Story theatrical release in New York at the Paris Theatre starting November 6, for a limited run. But while there is no word on whether Netflix intends to keep the theater open, could this mark a future investment for the streaming giant?

Netflix announced that it is setting the theatrical engagements for Noah Baumbach‘s divorce drama Marriage Story in Los Angeles and New York starting November 6, 2019 with additional releases in the U.S. and internationally set to begin November 15. The film is set to play at The Landmark and The Vista in LA, and the IFC Film Center, Landmark 57th West, and Nitehawk Prospect Park in New York. But most significantly is the fourth New York venue for Marriage Story: the recently-shuttered Paris Theatre.

Netflix is re-opening the doors of New York’s last single-screen theater, which closed this past summer. While Netflix would not comment beyond confirming that Marriage Story would play at the theater for a limited run, it could be an indication that Netflix is looking into the brick-and-mortar business. The streaming giant has had its run-ins with film festivals and big theater chains, which have taken issue with the company’s disruption of the movie industry. But Netflix has set its eyes on those distinguished Academy Awards, partnering up with esteemed auteurs like Martin Scorsese and Alfonso Cuaron and launching costly awards campaigns to win that coveted Best Picture Oscar. That means Netflix has had to play ball by releasing some of those films in theaters, which they’ve had trouble doing outside of renting an entire movie house. But could Netflix be looking into buying its own movie theaters, as reports suggested as far back as last year? Perhaps the Paris Theatre could be a test run of that.

The Paris Theatre shuttered in August when the City Cinemas lease with real estate magnate Robert Solow expired, according to Deadline. The outlet reported that Netflix was one of the companies bidding for that lease from the Solow family, but the theater was closed before a deal could be made. However, with the news that Netflix is temporarily re-opening the theater for the Marriage Story theatrical release, perhaps it could turn into something more permanent.

It would certainly be a win-win for Netflix: the streaming giant would have a theater where it could premiere its Oscar contenders for its two-week qualifying awards run without having to wrangle with movie chains, and a New York movie landmark could be saved. The service is reportedly making a deal to do the same with the venerated Egyptian Theatre in L.A., which would give Netflix two theaters in prime locations for awards season. Maybe we’ll always have Paris (Theatre) after all.

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Why Joker Should Lead To An Anthology Rather Than A Franchise

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It's a joke that has the potential for many satisfying punchlines.

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10 Lessons From Watching the Entire 2019 New York Film Festival Main Slate

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New York Film Festival Main Slate 2019

I’ve heard from many a festival-goer that it’s possible to work through the entire New York Film Festival lineup – or at least its premier section, the Main Slate – given how the event spreads out manageably over the course of seventeen days all at Lincoln Center. But with schedule conflicts or lack of interest in certain titles, it’s a feat seldom seen or accomplished. Or, maybe given how gluttonous I feel after having done this myself, people choose not to brag about it if they do manage to pull it off.

While battling fatigue as well as exhaustion, plus countless instances of doubting if this was something I actually wanted to do, I managed to see all 29 films programmed in this year’s NYFF Main Slate. (If you’re the ranking type, I did just that over on Letterboxd.) I learned plenty about myself and some masochistic moviegoing habits after subjecting myself to this marathon of viewing contemporary cinema, but that’s a subject for another piece. It’s impossible to watch this incredible selection of films from across the globe and not have some larger takeaways about trends, patterns and parallels. Here are ten lessons from surveying the Main Slate in its entirety.

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1. Language Fails

Across a number of films at NYFF, characters must turn to non-traditional forms of communication when societal forces render them unable to use spoken or written language. I won’t reveal the purpose of characters using Morse code in Parasite, as that does enter spoiler territory. Yet this binary method of communication, simple to transmit yet cumbersome to decode, proves an effective means for Bong Joon-ho to convey the status of those forgotten (or hidden) from the Korean upper class. Director Céline Sciamma, too, shows how the two female lovers in Portrait of a Lady on Fire must find ways to communicate their passion for each other in a society that does not allow them to express it openly.

But the most obvious example of this occurs in Corneliu Porumboiu’s The Whistlers, in which a police officer learns a secret whistling language to evade surveillance as he tries to acquire a mobster’s hidden bounty. Is all this inability to count on traditional forms of language a reflection of our post-truth moment? An indication that our current communication styles cannot adequately convey all the meaning we need? Is this reason to panic or hope? (More on this in an interview I recorded with Porumboiu at the festival, which will drop in February 2020…)

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2. Ex-Pats, Immigrants, and Tourists Provide Fascinating Societal Portraits

There was no performance at NYFF quite like Tom Mercier (making his debut, no less) in Synonyms as former Israeli soldier Yoav, who has expatriated and is trying to deprogram himself in France. He quickly finds his adopted country has issues of its own, a revelation made possible due in large part to how detached from his own body Mercier feels. Synonyms feels almost like a movie where an alien drops in to visit France, akin to Under the Skin. It’s riveting, and just one of many films in the Main Slate that used outsiders’ perspective to give audiences a fascinating glimpse into a society’s inner workings.

Or, in the case of Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s To the Ends of the Earth, centering on a Japanese news anchor on assignment in far-off Uzbekistan, an outsider protagonist gets in touch with her inner self in strange surroundings. Elsewhere, Mati Diop’s Atlantics and Bertrand Bonello’s Zombi Child both conjure up the supernatural in order to highlight the persistent legacies of capitalist and colonialist exploitation, respectively. Kelly Reichardt’s First Cow, meanwhile, frames much of its view of early America through the viewpoint of Chinese immigrant King Lu (Orion Lee) and thus exposes many early biases being built into the country’s business framework.

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3. Liberal Societies Are, Per Usual, Not Living Up to Their Values

Everywhere you looked at NYFF, there was a liberal democracy falling down on the job. Perhaps it was Belgium, where the DardennesYoung Ahmed showed how extremist religion could still corrupt youth in a tolerant society. Or maybe it was Zombi Child, in which the legacy of French colonialism as practiced in Haiti comes home to roost – only to find many of the same attitudes still in place. In Brazilian film Bacurau, directors Kleber Mendonça Filho and Juliano Dornelles imagine a post-Bolsonaro country that might not be as far off as people think: attempting to quash the resistance of small-town rural dwellers by bringing in foreign mercenaries to literally wipe them off the map.

Two other films tweaked existing literary works to shine a light on their county’s shortcomings. Pietro Marcello’s adaptation of Martin Eden moves the action of Jack London’s novel to Italy, where the titular character rails against established capitalistic corruption. And back in the United States, Edward Norton’s Motherless Brooklyn also twists a novel’s setting to find new life, but in time rather than place. In 1950s New York City, he finds an appropriate backdrop to show how democracies sell out to the highest bidder and hoodwink the public into cheering on their corruption.

Parasite pizza boxes

4. The Working Class is Restless and Not Going to Take It Anymore

We’ve come a long way since “inequality” was a flashy buzz word used by President Obama in 2013 when he called it the defining challenge of our time. It’s now a part of the everyday discussion of economics, and much of the Main Slate reflected the anger this awareness of inequality has sparked. Bacurau, Parasite, and Atlantics each crystallized the frustration felt by a class of people who has been overlooked, ignored, and exploited. In all three films, the tension spills over into startling (and sometimes cathartic) violence, suggesting business as usual will no longer cut it. If nothing else, it’s instructive to observe how conflicts that appeared to be merely simmering a few years ago have now reached a full boil.

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5. Genre Gets a Warm Embrace

While NYFF did relegate the Golden Lion-winning Joker to a “special screening,” plenty of other films with heavy genre elements received the warm embrace of a Main Slate spot. It’s tough to call any of the films pure “genre films” because each filmmaker took some kind of unique angle on established conventions. Be it Martin Scorsese injecting somber, reflective mortality into the gangster film with The Irishman or Filho/Dornelles supercharging the Western in Bacurau by contemporizing the invasion of a small town by outsiders, directors consciously toyed with existing filmic iconography in riveting fashion. Other great examples in the Main Slate included Corneliu Porumboiu’s droll take on the spy thriller with The Whistlers and Edward Norton’s politically urgent noir update in Motherless Brooklyn. Elsewhere, Mati Diop deploys ghosts in Atlantics and Bertrand Bonello raises zombies in Zombi Child.

I’m not exactly holding my breath for NYFF to start programming midnight-style pulpy genre films. However, this year’s Main Slate crop proves they might not have to do that in order to pack a similar sensation into their lineup. Global filmmakers are grappling with the legacy of the many images and storylines that precede their work, which represents cause for excitement and intrigue.

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Inside Gladys Knight’s 75th Birthday Celebration with Terry Crews, La Toya Jackson, Loni Love and Diane Warren

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TV Ratings: ‘Watchmen’ Premiere Draws 1.5 Million Viewers

Who will watch the Watchmen? Turns out 1.5 million people, that’s who. The debut of the highly anticipated HBO series delivered that many sets of eyeballs across all the premium cabler’s platforms on Sunday night. According to HBO the premiere up 21% on linear in comparison with last week’s Succession season finale. More to come…
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Daily Podcast: Spoiler Discussion of HBO’s ‘Watchmen’ Premiere

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Watchmen Jeremy Irons cake

On the October 21, 2019 episode of /Film Daily, /Film senior writer Ben Pearson is joined by /Film writers Hoai-Tran Bui and Chris Evangelista for a spoiler-filled conversation about the pilot episode of Damon Lindelof’s Watchmen.

Opening Banter


In The Spoiler Room:

  • Our relationships to Watchmen prior to this episode
  • Worldbuilding – American Hero Story, Dr. Manhattan on Mars, Redford as President, squid rain (are the baby squids part of a government conspiracy?), watch imagery, other easter eggs (Under the Hood)
  • Overall thoughts
  • Tulsa Race Massacre, real life Bass Reeves
  • Cop shooting sequence (need permission to unlock the weapon)
  • Regina King as Angela Abar/Sister Night
  • Don Johnson as Chief Judd Crawford (why doesn’t he wear a mask?)
  • Jeremy Irons as Adrian Veidt (servant relationships)
  • Interrogation in “the pod”
  • Shootout at the cattle ranch (those cows!), plane crash
  • Judd captured and lynched on his way to visit the injured officer in the hospital
  • Reveal at the end with the boy from the beginning as the murderer (?)


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Mike Birbiglia’s One-Man Broadway Show ‘The New One’ is Heading to Netflix

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 The New One

Comedian Mike Birbiglia started performing his one-man show The New One on Broadway last year, and he’s been touring the country with the show for a while now. But if you haven’t been lucky enough to catch his deeply personal and truly unique act, you’ll have a couple more chances to do so. Seeing it on stage might be a little challenging, but soon enough, you’ll be able to see it from the comfort of your couch.

Mike Birbiglia: The New One will be coming to Netflix next month, just in time to enjoy it with your whole family around Thanksgiving. However, if you’re in the Los Angeles area, you’ll have one month to catch the show on stage for the last time in front of a live audience.

Deadline has word that Mike Birbiglia: The New One will arrive on Netflix on November 26, 2019 as the comedian’s latest stand-up special. But let me tell you, this show is so much more than just your average stand-up special. While most stand-up specials today are mostly a collection of assorted observations and bits inspired by real life, Birbiglia’s show has a full-fledged narrative, and it comes from some of the most personal parts of his life.

In case you didn’t know, Mike Birbiglia lives with a dangerous habit of sleepwalking. It’s something he chronicled in another one-man Broadway show called Sleepwalk with Me, which was also the title of a memoir about his experiences, and was also adapted into an indie comedy that played at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012. His sleepwalking is so serious that he’s nearly killed himself in the process, one time jumping out of a second story hotel room window because he thought he was going to be hit by a missile.

This is important because in The New One, Birbiglia wonders if he wants to bring a child into the world knowing that his condition creates a huge risk for the prospective offspring that would be living just down the hall from him. The result is something that is touching, confessional, and, of course, hilarious. Having seen the show live in 2017 when it was simply his new stand-up special and hadn’t yet come to Broadway, I’m excited to see what changes he’s made to The New One once it hits Netflix. Here’s what I wrote after seeing the show in the fall of 2017:

This time, Birbiglia takes us on his personal journey from never wanting kids, even after he married his wife, to becoming a father. Still plagued by his sleepwalking disorder, his life thrown into upheaval due to a combination of his comedy career not meshing well with the responsibility of having a newborn baby, and struggling with drastic changes in his life that he wasn’t prepared for, Birbiglia’s account of becoming a father is all at once gut-bustlingly funny and incredibly charming.

If you’d like to catch The New One on stage, you can see it at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles from October 23 through November 24 (tickets are available now). This will be the last time Birbiglia performs the show for a live audience. Then the Netflix special, which was film at Broadway’s Cort Theater, will arrive on November 26. And the good news is that this is the kind of comedy special you can watch with your family, because Birbiglia never gets too raunchy. Enjoy!

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Melanie Lynskey Joins Showtime Pilot ‘Yellowjackets’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Melanie Lynskey has been cast in one of the main roles of the Showtime ensemble drama pilot “Yellowjackets,” Variety has learned exclusively. The project tells the story of a team of talented high school girls soccer players who survive a plane crash deep in the Ontario wilderness. The series chronicles their descent from a complicated […]
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8 Movies With Twist Endings Worth Streaming On Netflix After Fractured

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I streamed the Sam Worthington thriller Fractured after its premiere last week on Netflix, and while it didn't have one of the world's great twist endings, it got me thinking about other twisty films.

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Writers Guild Boosting Efforts in Project Development Amid Agency Standoff

The Writers Guild of America, locked in a six-month standoff with major talent agencies, has announced that it’s boosting efforts at gathering TV, streaming and film project development data to help members find new employment opportunities. The WGA made the disclosure in a message to members on Monday. The guild directed its 15,000 members to fire […]
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New ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ Promo Features a Familiar Ship Among the Resistance Fleet

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 The Rise of Skywalker Trailer Promo

In case you didn’t hear, tonight brings a new Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker trailer during Monday Night Football on ESPN. In fact, Disney and Lucasfilm are making such a big deal out of this that they even have promo commercials advertising the arrival of what they’re calling the final trailer. In those promos are a few seconds of footage from the new trailer, which includes a shot of a massive Resistance fleet, there’s a familiar ship present that may please some fans.

Our old pal Germain Lussier brought this to our attention in the new Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker promo:

Okay, I repeat, THE GHOST IS IN RISE OF SKYWALKER. Look on the right. (H/T @Jwhitbrook for the GIF) pic.twitter.com/LBSINaK2pJ

— Germain Lussier (@GermainLussier) October 21, 2019

There are two new shots in this quick promo. The first features TIE Fighters flying towards some kind of ice mountain that appears to be reflecting off a pristine, still body of water. But it’s the second shot that we’re most interested in.

Not only does that shot feature a massive fleet of ships that looks like they’re heading towards the largest space battle that Star Wars has ever seen on the big screen, but if you look just to the right before the Millennium Falcon shows up, you’ll see a ship that resembles the Ghost from Star Wars Rebels. For those who haven’t watched Rebels, this is the ship we’re talking about:

Star Wars Rebels - Ghost

This wouldn’t be the first time that the Ghost was spotted in a Star Wars movie, because it appeared twice in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and Hera Syndulla was even called over the Rebel base’s loudspeaker at one point in the movie. Again, that doesn’t guarantee this specific ship is still around after all this time. After all, there could be another VCX-100 light freighter that’s joined the fleet. But it would make the most sense for this just to be an Easter egg for Star Wars Rebels fans.

However, even though that ship looks like the Ghost, that doesn’t necessarily mean Hera Syndulla and her Star Wars Rebels crew are on board. After all, the animated series was set five years before Star Wars: A New Hope, and it’s been over 30 years since then. Who knows what all those characters are up to now? We’re not expecting to see any of them pop up in The Rise of Skywalker, but you never know with the final chapter of the Skywalker saga.

It’s worth noting that with the sheer number of ships in that fleet that there might be a bunch of Easter eggs to be found. There’s even what appears to be a U-wing (first seen in Rogue One) in the background before the Millennium Falcon appears. It’s hard to make out with a low resolution video, but if the Resistance is using every ship they can get, it would stand to reason that plenty of recognizable ships will show up.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker opens December 20, 2019. Tickets go on sale tonight after the new trailer debuts.

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