The release date for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker moves steadily closer, the anticipation for the conclusion of the Skywalker saga continues to gain momentum. While the movie will hit theaters on December 20th, 2019, Lucasfilm is giving us plenty of material to keep us occupied in the meantime, including this Rise of Skywalker special look.

During the video, which aired during the American Movie Awards (AMAs), Star Wars fans were treated to a video that showcased behind-the-scenes shots from the making of movies, along with glimpses of cultural references that showcase the long shadow cast by the Skywalker saga.

Here are 19 of the shows, movies, and people that the Beat managed to catch in the video:

  1. The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson
  2. Roger Ebert
  3. Armageddon
  4. How I Met Your Mother
  5. Arrested Development
  6. Lin-Manuel Miranda
  7. Ed Sheeran
  8. Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back
  9. Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars
  10. The Muppet Show: Pigs in Space
  11. Spaceballs
  12. President Ronald Reagan & President Barack Obama
  13. South Park
  14. Key & Peele
  15. Family Guy: Blue Harvest
  16. Star Wars-themed United Airlines plane
  17. black-ish
  18. The Simpsons
  19. Toy Story 2
Arrested Development in the Rise of Skywalker special look.

What was your favorite reference in the Rise of Skywalker special look? Did your favorite Star Wars reference make the cut? Let us know in the comments below!

Here’s the official press release for the video:

Lucasfilm and director J.J. Abrams join forces once again to take viewers on an epic journey to a galaxy far, far away with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the riveting conclusion of the seminal Skywalker saga, where new legends will be born and the final battle for freedom is yet to come.


The film stars Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Anthony Daniels, Naomi Ackie, Domhnall Gleeson, Richard E. Grant, Lupita Nyong’o, Keri Russell, Joonas Suotamo, Kelly Marie Tran, with Ian McDiarmid and Billy Dee Williams


Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is directed by J.J. Abrams and produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Abrams and Michelle Rejwan. Callum Greene, Tommy Gormley and Jason McGatlin serve as executive producers. The screenplay was written by Chris Terrio & J.J. Abrams and the story is by Derek Connolly & Colin Trevorrow and J.J. Abrams & Chris Terrio, based on characters created by George Lucas.