Yes, fellow Jedi and Sith. The trailer we’ve been waiting two years for has finally arrived, and of course—like most Star Wars things—it is glorious. But for those of you who haven’t been stalking the internet, the teaser trailer for Star Wars Episode VIII : The Last Jedi debuted at the annual Star Wars Celebration convention. What did the trailer and the panel show? Does Rian Johnson have what it takes to direct a Star Wars movie? What will Luke’s first words be? Watch the trailer below to find out….
So, you watched the trailer? Good, because we’re about to get specific….
From the opening to the closing shot, this is absolutely a Rian Johnson movie. As much as other Star Wars films have echoed a bit of their director’s personal flair, this might be the one that screams the most of who is in charge. From the slow motion close-up of Rey (Daisy Ridley) using the force, to the simple image of Luke (Mark Hamill) training her on a cliffside—every single second of this teaser is a beautiful example of Johnson continuing to improve his craft as a filmmaker. To think this is the same guy that made Brick and Looper so many years ago really brings a tear to this film nerd’s eye.
As for the story, the teaser (as it should) doesn’t offer much. What it does signal is the return of favorites—specifically Rey, Finn (John Boyega), Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), and of course Luke and Leia (the dearly departed Carrie Fischer).
Who we don’t get to see, but did learn quite a bit about, is Rose (played by Kelly Marie Tran). During the panel, Rian mentioned that she has the biggest role out of the new characters within The Last Jedi. From the basic description, she sounds a lot like someone that Finn could get along with. Does this mean we have a triangle between him and Rey? Or Poe? I guess it all depends on your personal viewpoint. Either way, it is wonderful to have an Asian female lead in Star Wars—one who sounds to be cut from a similar cloth to those ladies that came before her.
But the aspect that many will be talking about is the last line from Luke. What does he mean by ending the Jedi? Is he looking to stop the bloodshed and tragedy that befell his family? Or is he turning to the dark side? We’ll just have wait for the next few months to see what other tidbits come out in the future trailers.
Finally, in addition to the trailer, we got our first true poster for the new film. And to be blunt: this might single-handedly be my favorite Star Wars poster of all time. Why? Because it is simple and to the point. It offers just as many possibilities as any other teaser image does coming from Lucasfilm, but with a more streamlined and sophisticated edge. It also resembles the classic posters of Hollywood past, while also paying tribute to the iconic original New Hope advertisement all at the same time. What does the blending of both Rey/Luke’s and Kylo’s light sabers mean? I tend to think it is a symbol of this being quite the family affair, and that all three of them will have their moments of both the Light and Dark side.
As usual we have a lot more questions than answers. But that’s the fun of Star Wars, forever and always. Until then, let the speculations begin, and May The Force Be With You All!
So what did you think of the new Star Wars trailer? Comment below with your favorite moments, images, and characters. What do you think Luke is trying to say in the last line? Are you hoping for Rey to learn of her true origins? What do you think of the character Rose? Tell us all about your Star Wars excitement!