Disney and Lucasfilm unleashed the first trailer for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” the next chapter in the Skywalker saga, Friday morning during Star Wars Celebration in Orlando, Florida.
“The Last Jedi,” as the eighth numbered-entry in the “Star Wars” saga, picks up where “The Force Awakens” left off after the franchise took a diversion in 2016 with “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.”
This time, we’ll be seeing a lot more of Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) as he deals with the intrusion of Rey (Daisy Ridley) into his secluded island paradise at the end of the last movie.
The trailer seems to be pushing a new philosophy for the protagonist users of the Force, one that endorses a balance rather than a strict adherence to the light side as seen in the previous movies. In that vein, Luke himself delivers the big line at the end of the trailer: “It’s time for the Jedi to end.”
We also get glimpses of returning characters Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac), Finn (John Boyega) and Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), as well as what appears to be a major space battle. As was the case with all of the trailer for “The Force Awakens,” though, the trailer doesn’t reveal what the actual plot of the movie is.
That said, we took a deeper dive into this trailer with a shot-by-shot breakdown to see what details we could glean — and we definitely found a few interesting bits.
“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.
The question for fans now, of course, is whether all the scenes in this first trailer will make it into the finished cut — a claim that most of the scenes in the first trailer for 2016’s “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” could not make. Check out the gallery below for a look at the many shots and lines of dialogue that were featured in the “Rogue One” marketing before being cut from the movie proper.
Watch the trailer above.