Star Wars Celebration has been underway in Orlando, Florida since yesterday, and one of the most hotly anticipated highlights from not just today’s events, but the events of the occasion as a whole was, of course, the Star Wars: The Last Jedi panel. Thankfully, the event didn’t disappoint, and with just eight months to go until the cinematic release of The Last Jedi, fans have finally been treated to not only the first poster for the film, but also the long-awaited first trailer.
First revealed back in January, Star Wars: The Last Jedi picks up immediately after the jaw-dropping final moments of 2015’s The Force Awakens, with Daisy Ridley’s Rey handing Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber back to the man himself, who is seemingly in a self-imposed exile on a lost island for reasons as-yet unknown (although we have a few theories!).
“It’s time for the Jedi… to end…”
The trailer shows plenty of Rey as she commences her Jedi training, as well as reacquainting us with the stars of the the previous film, including John Boyega’s Finn, Oscar Isaac’s Poe Dameron and Adam Driver’s evil Kylo Ren. Notably absent from The Force Awakens until the final shots, fans will be pleased to see plenty of Luke Skywalker in the first trailer for The Last Jedi, as well as hearing Mark Hamill narrate the trailer, with the chilling final line “it’s time for the Jedi to end”.
Understandably (or frustratingly, depending on your perspective), the first trailer gives very little away, which isn’t a surprise for a franchise as secretive as Star Wars. Although there’s plenty to get fans drooling, there’s still not much more we can do other than continue to speculate about the film’s actual plot, and that’s unlikely to change until it’s actually released in December, regardless of how many trailers or photos are released in between now and then!
“Both of us were like, ‘Yes, how do you take her out of it?’ And the answer is you don’t,” said Fisher.
Of course, The Last Jedi will also be the final film to star the late Carrie Fisher, who sadly passed away last December, however it has been previously confirmed that she had finished her filming and the presence of her character, Leia Organa, will be very much a part of the film’s storyline. Additionally, her brother Todd Fisher has recently confirmed to the Daily News of New York that the late actress will be included in the final part of this new trilogy of Star Wars adventures, although this won’t be via CGI, as the late Peter Cushing was in 2016’s first spin-off, Rogue One. Instead, it’s understood that footage from her filming of The Last Jedi will instead be used in the as-yet untitled Episode IX, which will be directed by Jurassic World‘s Colin Trevorrow.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens in UK cinemas on 15 December 2017.
Update: Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy has spoken to ABC News and given new, official confirmation that Carrie Fisher will not make an appearance in Episode IX.
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