Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer arrives

Star Wars The Last Jedi trailerThe first Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer has just been released at the Orlando Star Wars Celebration that’s going on this weekend and it manages to leave more questions that it answers. It’s an enigmatic 2:12 teaser trailer that shows you fleeting glimpses of some of the action without giving anything, let alone too much about what to expect from the film.

Featuring Mark Hamil back in the role of Luke Skywalker, and looking as wise as Alec Guiness as Obi Wan Kenobe, it’s got more than enough to get fans excited with epic space battles, dramatic scenes and the impending doom of the New Order. Check it out for yourself below, but you might want to give it a couple of re-runs, because there isn’t a single scene that doesn’t finish within a second or two of it beginning.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer:

It starts out with a shot of a bleak and desolate rock before panning up dramatically with the arrival of Rey looking pretty stressed, kicking things off with the kind of operatic drama that made the original trilogy such a huge hit. The island hideaway that she met Luke on at the end of Star Wars: The Force Awakens features a fair bit in the trailer, acting a little like the equivalent to Dagobah as it appears that Luke will be training Rey in the ways of the Jedi.

There’s a split second shot showing the back of Carrie Fischer as Leia and with her recent passing it’s going to be a sad farewell to the character, as well as the actress herself, who’s been such a huge part of the Star Wars universe since the very beginning. There’s obviously a big responsibility on Disney to give her a deserving send off, and fans will inevitably be watching every detail to scrutinise the way she’s featured in the film. With the criticism for the CGI recreation of her younger self in Rogue One, it’s a part of the film that will be a defining factor in how well it’s received.

It’s one of the big questions outstanding for the film, but the arrival of the trailer throws in a few more, especially with what appears to be a crushed Kylo Ren mask just before the halfway point. There’s also a weird bookshelf scene that’s difficult to fit into the wider story, along with an old document that the camera takes a close-up of just after it, which adds to the mystery of the middle film in the new trilogy.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be released in the UK on the 15th December 2017, but we should get to see a few more trailers before then. However, we’re not expecting them to give too much away either as there are clearly going to be some big revelations to look forward to.

By Gerard Harris

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