'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' trailer screenshots
The first trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi is here and even though summer is just around the corner many of us are already circling Dec. 15 on our calendars.
Directed by Rian Johnson (Looper), Episode VIII takes place immediately after the end of The Force Awakens.
After watching it twice with the cast and filmmaking team at Star Wars Celebration in Orlando, here are five burning questions we need answered.
Daisy Ridley, who plays Rey, seeks out Luke Skywalker at the end of Force Awakens. She told fans that it’s “difficult when you meet your heroes.” The new footage shows Mark Hamill’s Skywalker in a darkened cave saying, “It’s time for the Jedi to end.” Has he followed in his father’s footsteps?
The teaser gives a brief glimpse of Finn still in recovery from the injuries he suffered at the hands of Kylo Ren. John Boyega said his character faces a choice in the new film, “Is he going to be a part of the Resistance or is he going to keep running away from The First Order? We'll see.”
Ahead of the trailer reveal, Johnson promised that The Last Jedi will introduce a couple of new characters including Kelly Marie Tran’s Rose — a maintenance worker who becomes part of the resistance. “She’s not a soldier,” Johnson explained. “She’s not looking to be a hero, and she gets pulled in a very big way into an adventure with Finn… she’s pretty rad.”
After killing his father Han Solo in The Force Awakens, is there any chance of redemption for the evil character? Not a chance. The trailer offers a brief glimpse of his grandfather Darth Vader’s crushed mask and the ominous breathing. We also see Kylo brandishing a lightsaber and looking angry. Really, really angry.
Hamill jokingly referred to Ridley as his “colleague” before the teaser trailer’s debut. But we see Rey and Luke practising their lightsaber skills on a remote island. We also hear him encouraging her, “Breathe. Just breathe. Now, reach out. What do you see?”
Rey replies, “Light,” as an image flashes of Princess Leia. “Darkness,” as we see Vader’s smashed mask. “The balance,” her hand gliding over an old book.
The trailer then flashes to action-packed scenes featuring Poe, the Millennium Falcon, Captain Phasma and more.
So yes, there is a lot more. And we’ll learn it all when Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens Dec. 15.