Its here, during Monday night football Lucasfilm aired the final trailer for director Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi which was released online shortly after.
Rian Johnson made a plea for fans to try and avoid promotional material for the film in order to walk into the cinema void of any details, while the trailer doesn’t directly give away the plot it does contain some informative shots that could be used to start to piece things together. That said I do believe the trailer aims to misdirect and throw fans off, here is the trailer and what I make of it:
The trailer opens with a voice over from Snoke explaining “When I found you I saw raw untamed power, and beyond that something truly special”, while the immediate reaction would be to assume hes talking to Kylo there is a small chance hes actually talking to Rey.
We then move to Ahch-To, the planet where we left Luke and Rey at the end of the last film, she speaks of something inside her awakening, a throw back to The Force Awakens title, and we get another look at those books marked with Jedi symbols in between a training montage, are they the Journals of the Whills? When displaying her power over the force Luke claims “I’ve seen this raw strength only once before” while the picture cuts to the destruction of Luke’s Jedi school. This vaguely similar statement to that of Snoke’s just moments earlier in the trailer, accompanied by the suggestive visual again implies that Kylo is the subject but I still wouldn’t be so sure. Luke follows up with “It didn’t scare me enough then, it does now” which could be a reference to the famous line with Yoda in The Empire Strikes Back, which The Last Jedi is expected to draw from, the line being Luke – “I’m not afraid” Yoda – “You will be… You will be”. It seems unlikely that Kylo is the subject of Snoke and Luke’s comments as up to this point he hasn’t been able to defeat Luke or Rey.
After what feels like an eternity we finally we get to see some Star Wars space combat when Kylo in his new custom TIE fighter along side The First Order forces are engaging the Rebellion fleet. Again the trailer is cut in such a way to highly suggest that Kylo is about to kill his mother General Leia, with the passing of Carrie Fisher her character was inevitably going to be written out of the story, and I do believe her character will meet her end in this film but not by Kylo’s hand, dont trust the trailer.
The Millennium Falcon is pursued by TIE fighters through a red crystal cavern which is on the planet Crait, although on its surface it looks white and snowy, its salty. The crystal formations are what cause the red dust trails following the fighters during the ground combat scene shortly after, yep it looks like Hoth. We can speculate that although we only saw Chewbacca and a Porg when the camera shifts into the cockpit of the Falcon, that Rey and Luke could also be close by, the large eyed penguin like Porg are native to Ahch-To where the force users were training.
Captain Phasma makes an awesome appearance wielding her new spear in against Finn who is dressed in a First Order Officer’s uniform, the pair fight in a collapsing ships hanger bay. This lines up with reports that Finn would be engaged in an undercover mission while being hunter by his old commanding officer, look out for a Daniel Craig style cameo during Finn’s mission because another big name actor will be hiding in plain sight.
At 1:44 in the trailer there is a glimpse of Supreme Leader Snoke’s Mega-class Star Destroyer, flagship of The First Order, the Supremacy and 1:48 sees some beautiful CGI crystal foxes running into the Crait Rebel base for shelter where Leia is waiting.
Rey continues her training with Luke, he lies on the floor pleading “This is not going to go the way you think”, in the next shot with the pair he is stood before her in some mist looking rather menacing, the sequence which visually calls back to the father son fight in the cave of Deborah really brings out the Vader in Luke.
The golden robed Snoke finishes up with the line “Fulfill your destiny”, which as the camera pulls back he is unquestionably directing at Rey while doing something painful looking that causes her to hover, shake, and try to scream. Interestingly his red attired Praetorian Guards are maintaining their posts rather innocuously as Snoke appears to be able to hold his own.
The trailer ends with Rey asking “I need someone to show me my place in all this”, with Kylo standing down and reaching his hand out. Yep again implying Rey and Kylo are the ones having a conversation but take into account three things, firstly although the lighting looks plausible enough for it to be the same scene Kylo has burning cinders and debris falling around him while Rey does not. Second Kylo is missing the coverings for his facial scar which is present for the rest of the trailer, and finally Rey is wearing the same outfit as she does for all of the Ahch-To scenes. For these reasons I would count on the conversation Rey is having to actually be with Luke when she is initially asking to be trained.
Overall I am pretty skeptical of the context for most of the lines and shots thrown together for the trailer although it is still damn cool.
We’ve been told not to expect answers to the questions regarding Rey’s lineage, why she was left on Jakku, or who Supreme Leader Snoke is until the third installment of this new trilogy, that being episode nine. Although I do expect us to learn what exactly Snoke’s plan is and what he really wants after that torturous encounter with Rey.
The poster and trailer cast a pretty dark shadow over Luke, who seems to be echoing his fathers Darth times, hes ice cold in the trailer, and that classic bad guy looming position on the poster.
The eighth installment of the Skywalker saga stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Anthony Daniels, Domhnall Gleeson, Gwendoline Christie, Benicio del Toro, Laura Dern, Kelly Marie Tran, Lupita Nyong’o, and Andy Serkis.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits cinemas in the UK and Australia on December 14th, and arrives a day later on the 15th in America! Advanced bookings are now available.