After months of teasing and a day and a half of Star Wars Celebration, a teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi has finally dropped.
Fans were anticipating the teaser trailer to drop during yesterday’s 40th Anniversary panel, but were instead treated to a reunion of Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and George Lucas, among others, and a short touching documentary about Carrie Fisher featuring behind-the-scenes video and photos from the franchise. Today, however, The Last Jedi took center stage at SWCO as Josh Gad moderated the panel while trying to get an answer to who the last Jedi really is (which carried over from some of his Instagram antics during the production of Murder on the Orient Express). He was joined by executive producer Kathleen Kennedy, director Rian Johnson, and stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, newcomer Kelly Marie Tran, and Mark Hamill – with a brief BB-8 cameo. There was plenty of ribbing, a new teaser poster that calls back to Drew Struzan’s original artwork, and – finally – the teaser reveal.
The first footage from The Last Jedi looks stunning, to say the least, thanks to Steve Yedlin’s cinematography and the fact that it’s shot on 35mm instead of digital. From the shots of Rey (Daisy Ridley) on Ach-To to the new Rebel base to the chase and space battle scenes, it’s all a sight to behold. And that doesn’t even begin to take the sound mixing into consideration – the whispers of Palpatine, Vader’s masked breathing, lightsaber ignition, and John Williams’ familiar score, calling back to the original trilogy. The new poster also helps cement the callbacks.
While the plot is still under wraps, Star Wars: The Last Jedi picks up where Star Wars: The Force Awakens left off with Rey and Luke (Mark Hamill) on Ach-To, where she more than likely trains in the ways of the Force (despite his insistence that “it’s time for the Jedi to end” – nice deceptive trailer editing, Lucasfilm marketing team?) while the Resistance moves to another base under General Leia Organa’s (Carrie Fisher) guidance. But Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and the First Order have a post-Starkiller Base plan; what it is is anyone’s guess at this point.
Missing, though, were new cast members Laura Dern, Benicio del Toro, and Kelly Marie Tran. The roles of the former two cast members are still under wraps, but it was revealed during the panel that Tran is playing Rose, a maintenance worker in the Resistance base who gets pulled into this epic adventure a la Luke in Episode IV: A New Hope. There will likely be footage of her in the coming months, along with glimpses of Hux (Domhnall Gleeson), Snoke (Andy Serkis), Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie), Maz Kanata (Lupita Nyong’o), Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew), and more.