It’s day 2 of Star Wars Celebration days, and what better way to celebrate than with the release of the first official trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The trailer comes just one day after the 40th anniversary of the franchise and is filled to the brim with everything fans love about Star Wars.
Cued to the classic symphony of John Williams the trailer showed off space battles, sprawling landscapes, and even a glimpse into the Jedi Temple.
A great deal of the trailer takes place on Ahch-To, the planet that Rey discovered Luke on at the end of the previous film. Though there weren’t any shots with Luke on Rey’s back, it can be surmised by the trailer that dagobah esque training sequences will make up a fair bit of the film between the two.
The trailer also revealed the other two leads, Finn and Poe to be in precarious situations of their own in the Last Jedi. While Poe is attempting to escape an attack on one of their bases with BB-8, Finn can momentarily be seen being transported in a medical pod for some reason.
At the end, Luke has a foreboding message: “It’s time for the Jedi to end.” It might sound like an odd statement to hear from a Jedi, but a fair bit of the trailer focuses around bringing balance to the force, and the Jedi and Sith are on opposite ends of the spectrum.
It’s a topic that’s been touched on a bit in Star Wars mediums, including The Clone Wars, that The Force could be so much more than either the Jedi or the Sith. This is reaffirmed by Luke’s statement during the trailer that “It’s so much bigger,” likely a response to the notion of balance between the light and dark sides of the force.
Kylo Ren’s appearances are brief but still display the hatred and anger he feels, from a close-up shot of his cold eyes behind his red lightsaber to a shot of one of his broken helmets – presumably broken out of rage by Ren.
The trailer does a commendable job of not revealing too much, but still keeping us on the edge of our seats. Be sure to stay tuned for more Star Wars: The Last Jedi updates and other Star Wars news while the celebration of its anniversary continues.