See That New Planet in ‘The Last Jedi’ Trailer? Director Rian Johnson Describes It, Shares Name

“It ends up playing a key role in the movie”

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” director Rian Johnson has revealed the name of a new planet which premiered earlier today in the teaser trailer released at Star Wars Celebration in Orlando, Florida (and on the internet).

The name of the new planet is “Crait.” “It’s way out there. It’s uncharted,” Johnson told Entertainment Weekly. “It’s a mineral planet and so there are mines on it,” he explained.

The director (previously best known for “Brick” and “Looper”) said there are some “beautiful design elements” present on Crait, some of which are seen in the new trailer. “I hope some really unique ones that we’re able to bring into it,” he said.

Johnson said Crait is the site of an “an old rebel base there that’s now abandoned” and the planet was one of the first things he had in mind when planning “The Last Jedi.”

“It ends up playing a key role in the movie,” he told EW, adding that the Resistance fighters — flying in the skimmers seen in the trailer — “show up where they have to deal with a very pressing and immediate.”

“The Last Jedi” stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Kelly Marie Tran, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher. It’s written and directed by Rian Johnson and produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman and executive produced by J.J. Abrams, Jason McGatlin and Tom Karnowski.

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” hits theaters Dec. 15.