'Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker' teaser trailer analysis: Who is the Skywalker in question?

In 2015, the Force awakened. In 2017, the last Jedi emerged.

It's time for the rise of Skywalker.

The highly-anticipated 2-minute teaser trailer for "Star Wars: Episode IX" dropped Friday, simultaneously revealing its title: The Rise of Skywalker. Watch below and read on for a bit of early analysis.

The title, "The Rise of Skywalker," leaves a lot of room for speculation: Who is the Skywalker in question?

While many fans have long theorized that Rey is, unwittingly, the daughter of Luke Skywalker, "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" seemingly put that theory to bed. Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) told Rey (Daisy Ridley) point-blank that she's "nobody," a discarded loner who has no real place in the Jedi world.

However, director J.J. Abrams — who directed "The Force Awakens" and "The Rise of Skywalker," but not the film in-between — may have gone in another direction. And "The Last Jedi" director Rian Johnson has also been cagey on what that Rey-Kylo exchange really meant.

“For me, in that moment, Kylo believes it’s the truth,” Johnson told Entertainment Weekly in 2017. “I don’t think he’s purely playing chess. I think that’s what he saw when they touched fingers and that’s what he believes. And when he tells her that in that moment, she believes it.”

We do know that at least three established Skywalkers are present in Episode IX. The trailer briefly shows a glimpse of Leia (Carrie Fisher) embracing Rey. We also hear the voice of Luke (Mark Hamill), who died, in some capacity, in "The Last Jedi": "We'll always be with you," Luke says. "No one's ever really gone."

The third existing Skywalker: Kylo Ren, the son of Leia and Han Solo. Kylo told Rey in "The Last Jedi" that a supposed betrayal by his uncle Luke is what led him to the Dark Side. With Snoke dead, Kylo may be our only known villain, and the end of the teaser echoes with an eerie, evil laugh. It certainly sounds like Emperor Palpatine, but could it be that, in fact, the rising Skywalker is no hero? 

"Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" hits theaters in December.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 09: Actress Lupita Nyong'o attends the premiere of Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm's 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' at The Shrine Auditorium on December 9, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 09: Actress Lupita Nyong'o arrives for the Premiere Of Disney Pictures And Lucasfilm's 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' held at The Shrine Auditorium on December 9, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 09: Actress Lupita Nyong'o attends the premiere of Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm's 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' at The Shrine Auditorium on December 9, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 09: Lupita Nyong'o attends Premiere Of Disney Pictures And Lucasfilm's 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' - Arrivals at The Shrine Auditorium on December 9, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Presley Ann/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
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LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 09: Actress Daisy Ridley attends the premiere of Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm's 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' at The Shrine Auditorium on December 9, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
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LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 09: Actress Letitia Wright attends the premiere of Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm's 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' at The Shrine Auditorium on December 9, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 09: Actress Letitia Wright attends the premiere of Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm's 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' at The Shrine Auditorium on December 9, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 09: (L-R) Harrison Davis, Samantha Davis actor Warwick Davis and Annabelle Davis attend the premiere of Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm's 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' at The Shrine Auditorium on December 9, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 09: Actor Andy Serkis (L) and actress Lorraine Ashbourne attend the premiere of Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm's 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' at The Shrine Auditorium on December 9, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 09: Actress Meg Donnelly arrives for the Premiere Of Disney Pictures And Lucasfilm's 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' held at The Shrine Auditorium on December 9, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 09: Actress Lupita Nyong'o attends the Los Angeles Premiere 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' at The Shrine Auditorium on December 9, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 09: Actress Jenna Ortega attends the premiere of Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm's 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' at The Shrine Auditorium on December 9, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 09: Actress Jenna Ortega attends the premiere of Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm's 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' at The Shrine Auditorium on December 9, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 09: Producer/actress Rosanna Pansino attends the premiere of Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm's 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' at The Shrine Auditorium on December 9, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 09: Producer/actress Rosanna Pansino attends the premiere of Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm's 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' at The Shrine Auditorium on December 9, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 09: Actress Kelly Marie Tran attends the premiere of Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm's 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' at The Shrine Auditorium on December 9, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 09: Actress Tessa Thompson attends the premiere of Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm's 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' at The Shrine Auditorium on December 9, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
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LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 09: Actress Gwendoline Christie attends the premiere of Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm's 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' at The Shrine Auditorium on December 9, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
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