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At this year’s Star Wars Celebration event held in Orlando, Florida from the 13th to the 16th of April, fans present were treated to the first official trailer for this years’ latest offering from Disney and Lucasfilm, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and then the footage was released to the internet so the rest of us could see it as well.
Following on from 2015’s The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi carries on as Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, and Oscar Isaac find themselves within a Galaxy Far, Far Away.
Whilst next to nothing is known about the plot of The Last Jedi, there has been a lot of emphasis within the trailer around the character of Rey (played by Daisy Ridley) and her training in the ways of the force under the tutelage of Luke Skywalker (played by Mark Hamill) on the distant and remote planet we find him on at the end of Episode VII.
Whilst the main focus of the trailer is on Rey’s Jedi training, there is plenty else going on for fans of the new Star Wars.
Oscar Isaac and John Boyega (who play Poe Dameron and Finn respectively) are seen, and whilst we don’t know the nature of what is going on exactly, it appears as though Finn is in some sort of capsule and Poe is running alongside BB-8 to his X-Wing, which is seen being blown up seconds later.
The Millennium Falcon and R2-D2 make brief appearances, as the focus shifts heavily to the ensuing forces of the First Order, complete with an appearance by Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren.
An ominous voice, possibly Kylo Ren’s (?) states how “it’s time for the Jedi…to end” as we get a shadowy figure in a cave, who is probably Skywalker, in all honesty, signalling that he could be the “last Jedi” the movie alludes to.
So much speculation for fans to try and digest, and with around 7 months to go until the movie’s UK release date, you can guess that anticipation will build as the year moves forward.
Starring Daisy Ridley as Rey, John Boyega as Finn, Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron, Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, and Adam Driver as Kylo Ren, Star Wars: The Last Jedi looks set to hit cinemas around the first couple of weeks of December.
– James Wright, 15/05/17