After a ‘will they-won’t they’ moment during the Star Wars Celebration in Orlando, Disney, as in Kathleen Kennedy and everyone’s favorite Star Wars director (this weekend), as in Rian Johnson, finally unveiled the first trailer for the long-awaited sequel to The Force Awakens and it’s great. Stuff your eyes with the
Also present at the special presentation were leads Daisy Ridley (Rey), John Boyega (Finn), our beloved spacedad Mark Hamil (Luke) and newcomer Kelly Marie Tran (Rose). Breathe in… now stuff your eyes with the Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer in glorious 720p and once you have released your breath just scroll down so we can obi wan the naboo out of it:
- Cementing the EXASPERATED AF opening shot as a trademark for the new trilogy
The new trailer starts similarly to the first teaser for The Force Awakens but this time around it finds Rey (Daisy Ridley), rather than Finn (John Boyega) in a precarious situation. Unlike Mark Hamil, who has a hilarious tongue-in-cheek way of teasing fans when it comes to spoilers, Daisy has a much more British approach, smile-and-wave. However, she did let on that Rey’s journey in The Last Jedi has much to do with her meeting the legendary Jedi, Luke, and what happens when your hero doesn’t quite conform to your expectations.
- Luke takes the wheel
While Snoke (Andy Serkis) was the one to sense the awakening in the Force (see what I did here?), Luke (Mark Hamil) is the one to offers his opinion on the state of affairs, regarding all things Force related in this one. When Mark Hamil took the stage this Friday, he admitted that both Rian (the director) and him felt anxious about bringing back Luke. He let on that he likes all the Star Wars movies he isn’t a part of and also joked about his cameo in the last episode. In short, Mark Hamil is like whiskey- he just keeps getting better with age.
- Balance in the Light and the Dark
When Disney took over the Star Wars universe, they wanted to start with a blank slate. This is why they officially dismissed the legacy of the extended universes that all the computer games and novels contributed to. In the trailer, Luke asks Rey to close her eyes and summon the Force. She senses the Light (General Leia) and the Darkness (Kylo Ren’s shattered mask) but then, she also senses a balance. Star Wars has explored the gray Jedi area in its books and TV series before. Nevertheless, it is an exciting new direction, which hasn’t been explored in the movieverse until now, until the morally gray Rogue One.
- Disney is holding back on Finn’s new storyline…
John Boyega was all charm and smiles as the audience could barely withhold their adoration. He was allowed to let on that Finn will be the most changed out of our new trio of characters after the events of The Force Awakens. He promised that we will see more of Finn and Poe, as well as a new dynamic. The newest addition to the series is Rose, a maintenance worker for the Resistance, played by newcomer Kelly Marie Tran. Where the theme for Finn would be to choose his path- fight or flight, Rose will be our humble working class hero, who rises to the challenge to make a difference.
- The rest of the players are all in
Finally, we see a shot of BFFs Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) and BB-8 on a mission, as well as two menacing shots of fan favorite baddies- Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie) and Kylo Ren (Adam Driver). After getting literally disposed of, as in ‘she ended up in the trash compactor’ last time we saw her, Phasma seems to be out for blood, leading an army of stormtroopers. We also see Kylo Ren with his new scar, a goodbye gift to Rey, working on something or someone with his trademark lightsaber. The most interesting thing is probably the fact that he is now unmasked, which might mean that his training has been completed and he has completely ‘hatched’.
The first poster for Star Wars: The Last Jedi is all about Rey and she is placed front and center, while both her ‘teachers’- Luke and Kylo are juxtaposed at the back. Do you think that this may suggest that she is the one to bring a balance in the Force? All suggestions and questions are very much welcome below 🙂
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