Disney/Lucasfilm have unveiled the long-awaited first teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. As the sequel to the monumentally successful The Force Awakens, audiences have been greatly anticipating the eighth chapter of the Skywalker family saga ever since Episode VII ended with the tantalizing cliffhanger of Rey and Luke Skywalker’s fateful first meeting. Writer/director Rian Johnson is eschewing franchise tradition by having his film pick up just moments from where its predecessor left off, allowing viewers to experience the immediate aftermath of the galaxy-altering events of The Force Awakens.
Over the past few months, various rumors have appeared on the Internet, teasing everything from the movie’s locations to the vehicles that will be used in the action set pieces. Disney privately screened a sizzle reel for attendees at a recent investors’ meeting, but the general public has been waiting for what seems like ages to get their initial look at what Johnson and company have in store. Lucasfilm used Star Wars Celebration 2017 in Orlando to officially kickoff the Episode VIII marketing campaign with the new trailer.
Watch The Last Jedi trailer:
Though earlier rumors had speculated the preview would have a “full trailer feel,” this is definitely a teaser that only presents the barest bones of the plot. Confirming that Luke will in fact speak, the trailer begins with the Jedi offering some words of guidance to Rey while she trains on Ahch-To. After being told to “just breathe” and “reach out,” the young scavenger sees images that represent the Light and Dark sides of the Force to form a balance. Skywalker mentions that there’s much more to it all, and closes out the trailer by rather ominously (in complete silhouette) saying that it is “time for the Jedi to end,” peeling back a new layer on the meaning of the film’s official title.
Fans are also treated to some glimpses of the movie’s action set pieces, including a showdown between Resistance ships and what appear to be the First Order’s “Gorilla walkers,” the Millennium Falcon in flight amidst some TIE fighters, and the latest epic Star Wars space battle. There’s also a hint of a second duel between Rey and Kylo Ren, as two shots of the Force users with lightsabers in hand are shown back-to-back towards the end of the trailer. One of the biggest takeaways is that The Last Jedi looks visually stunning, which isn’t entirely surprising for the franchise. Still, the various images here are quite breathtaking – from the landscapes of Skellig Michael to the mysterious planet that features Hoth-esque ground assault.
All in all, Episode VIII looks to be following the tried and true formula of any trilogy by having the middle chapter be the darkest one. In contrast from the more nostalgic-driven marketing campaign for The Force Awakens, Lucasfilm seems to be taking their prized possession in a very different direction, inspiring a sense of dread and uneasiness from the audience. Whether it’s Luke and R2-D2 seeing the remains of a Jedi Temple or the Resistance base under attack, things aren’t going to be going smoothly this time around – and even some legendary heroes may not live up to our expectations.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer – five things we learned
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During Friday’s special panel for new episode The Last Jedi at the Star Wars Celebration in Orlando, Lucasfilm shown the first trailer for Rian Johnson’s highly-anticipated new movie. Here are five takeaways from the two-minute teaser.
Luke finally has some lines of dialogue
Mark Hamill has expressed plenty of good natured disappointment about his fleeting, mute appearance in The Force Awakens. But the good news is that The Last Jedi seems set to give fans the Luke Skywalker-centred movie they might have thought they were getting last time out. Hamill is the only actor given lines in the teaser, and it looks like he’s doing his best to bring Daisy Ridley’s Rey – here shown practising her lightsaber moves on the cliffside in a shot lifted straight from The Karate Kid – up to speed with the Force. However, those who were expecting to see Skywalker as a Yoda-like mentor, determined to ensure that the young Jakku scavenger find herself on the right side of the ubiquitous energy field, might just be in for a searing dose of Force lighting to the cerebrum.
And it’s clear he has the Jedi in his crosshairs
Director Rian Johnson wasn’t kidding with that title, for it seems Luke has come to the conclusion that training a new generation of Jedi to fight the First Order is a pointless process. “I only know one truth, it’s time for the Jedi to end,” he says, in the process of one sentence throwing all received Star Wars wisdom into complete and utter chaos. Why must the Jedi end? Is Luke just sulking because Ben Solo turned to the dark side, murdered all his disciples and chose the way of a hideous masked Darth Vader wannabe? Or is there something more epochal about that startling statement? Might the rigidly binary system of Jedi and Sith be the reason the Force can never be truly balanced? And if so, what will replace these stalwarts of the saga?
Phasma is back, and this time she’s bringing the scorched earth tactics
The last time we saw Gwendoline Christie’s Captain Phasma, she was about to be dumped down a First Order rubbish chute. But surely that’s the chrome-plated behemoth striding through the flames with her stormtroopers, and unless our eyes are playing tricks on us, she appears to have burned down a building Luke cares about deeply. Otherwise, why is the Jedi Knight wistfully watching its destruction with R2-D2 at his side? Is this the lost Jedi temple (which we know Skywalker set out to find) burning in the night? If so it seems likely the scene represents some kind of flashback.
Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren has ditched the mask – for now, at least
Ren’s Vader-like headwear most likely never made it off Starkiller Base, where he dropped it during that climactic encounter with Harrison Ford’s Han Solo. But quite why the ruined remains of the black mask are being given such prominence – the shot explicitly recalls the scene featuring Vader’s crumpled helmet in The Force Awakens – is a mystery. Ren still looks likely to be the main antagonist of The Last Jedi – he’s in the new teaser poster alongside Luke and Rey – but might the fact the patricidal maniac’s no longer hiding his face signify something greater in the grand scheme of things? There has been speculation, of course, that the new Star Wars trilogy will be the story of Ben Solo’s journey from the dark side back to the light.
Carrie Fisher’s Leia will play a pivotal role
Quite how Disney and LucasFilm are planning to deal with Fisher’s death in Colin Trevorrow’s Episode IX remains a mystery, but we do know the much-missed star had finished shooting all her scenes for The Last Jedi. Her appearance in the teaser, complete with ornate new hairstyle, suggests General Leia Organa will have an important part to play in the story, and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy confirmed as much during the film’s panel at Star Wars Celebration in Florida on Friday. “Carrie is remarkable in the movie,” she said. “The performance she ended up giving, and what Rian wrote, I think you guys are going to find that an amazing tribute to her talent.”
Final talking points
What are those ornate tomes embedded in the rock formations? Books of old Jedi lore that Luke’s about to throw out? What’s Chewbacca doing while Rey learns to wax on, wax off? What’s with that shot of old parchment bearing the Jedi symbol? And when on Earth are we going to find out more about the Knights of Ren?
Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theaters December, 15.