The long wait is over. Well, the first part of the long wait is over, because the very first trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi has finally arrived. The footage was revealed during The Last Jedi panel at Star Wars Celebration and, while it may not have answered all of our burning questions, the trailer delivered a whole lot for us to pick apart and try and figure out. We are here to help you take a closer look at the trailer and go over everything we learned about Star Wars: The Last Jedi at the panel.
Star Wars Celebration has brought us a ton of great stuff already, but there is no question that the Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer was the main thing fans all around the world were looking forward to heading into the weekend. Understandably so. All of the new Star Wars movies have been pretty secretive, but even with all of the new footage and reveals, Star Wars: The Last Jedi is a whole new level of secretive. Disney, Lucasfilm and director Rian Johnson are keeping this movie under lock and key until the time is right. But we still learned a lot from this footage.
Because this happened at Star Wars Celebration, there was also a big, hour-long panel for Star Wars: The Last Jedi that gave us even more to think about and revealed even more about what is probably the most highly-anticipated movie of 2017. The panel included director Rian Johnson, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy and a bunch of the cast, including Daisy Ridley, Mark Hamill, John Boyega and newcomer Kelly Marie Tran.
Fans of the Star Wars franchise have had countless questions heading into Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which has a lot to do with what was brought to the table in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. We can't say that many of those questions were answered at Star Wars Celebration, while more interesting questions were raised. And we learned things we had no idea that we even wanted to know. The mystery of this movie is continuing to build and unravel simultaneously.
We still have about eight months to wait until the movie finally hits theaters, so we will surely be learning quite a bit more between now and then. Or maybe we won't. Again, this movie really seems to be bathed in secrecy to an almost maddening degree. With that said, here is everything we learned about Star Wars: The Last Jedi at Star Wars Celebration.
Rey begins her Jedi training.
There is still a lot of mystery surrounding Rey in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but this very first trailer guaranteed that we are going to see her doing some Jedi training. This was highly suspected, given the way that things ended in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but there is no need to speculate anymore. The very first thing we see in the trailer is Rey out of breath, looking pretty flustered, with Luke doing some Yoda-style voice over, guiding her along. We also see her doing some very sweet lightsaber moves and she even movies some rocks with her force powers. That shot was very reminiscent of the last shot in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, oddly, but Rey is most definitely on her way to becoming a strong force user. And it is clear she is getting better at handling a lightsaber. It is unclear if she will finish her training, especially considering some of the other things that happen in this first Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer. But expect a good chunk of this movie to revolve around Rey and Luke doing some training, much like Luke and Yoda did in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.
Luke is a disappointment to Rey.
Seeing Luke Skywalker at all will be a huge deal for Star Wars fans come time for Star Wars: The Last Jedi to finally hit theaters. It will be hard to imagine a world in which we are disappointed with Luke, but that doesn't mean the main character in the movie will be equally thrilled with him. While talking about Rey at The Last Jedi panel, Daisy Ridley said, "We go deeper into Rey's story. What is very apparent from where we left off in The Force Awakens and begin with The Last Jedi is Rey has a certain expectation as to what she may be getting from Luke and what that might entail and as a lot of people know, it is difficult when you meet your heroes because it might not be what you expect." So even though Rey is being trained by Luke, it sounds like he may not be the man and the Jedi that she was hoping he would be.
Kylo Ren is a very changed man.
He doesn't utter a single word, and we only see one actual shot of him in the trailer, but it is very obvious that Kylo Ren is not the same man we saw at the end of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Killing your own father clearly changes a person. Before we actually see Kylo Ren, aka Ben Solo, in the trailer, we see a very fascinating and ominous image of his helmet totally and completely smashed. Did he have another one of his emo fits of rage and his helmet was a casualty of said rage? Did someone smash it without his permission? Was it a very intentional smashing? There is no context for it, but when we finally do see Kylo Ren, he is without his helmet. So he didn't seem to be in a rush to find a replacement. When we do actually see him, he is unmistakably in a dark place. He has his lightsaber up and a dark yet hollow look in his eyes. But what is really telling is the scar that he has on his face, which looks to be a result of his lightsaber battle with Rey in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Even without a single word coming from his mouth, this trailer presents us with a seemingly darker and conflicted Kylo ren.
Old Jedi teachings will play an important role.
One of the most fascinating sequences in the first trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi came in the form of what looked to be some old books containing Jedi teachings, with an unknown figure having a look at them. The Jedi symbol can be seen on one of the dusty books, with an unidentified, gloved hand brushing some of the dust away. It seems very much like these books contain some ancient Jedi teachings. As to who owns these books and what books they might be exactly? That could be the million dollar question from the trailer. For those who have kept up with the Star Wars comic, we know that Luke discovered old journals from Obi-Wan Kenobi at one point. So maybe Luke has been hiding these somewhere? That is just speculative, but these books definitely seem to contain some ancient Jedi knowledge.
Yoda and Obi-Wan Kenobi are looming near Rey.
Just before the sequence that reveals what appear to be books containing ancient Jedi Knowledge and/or teachings, there is something a bit quiet that is seriously exciting. As the camera zooms in on the books, there is some very quiet voice over that sounds like none other than the Jedi Master himself, Yoda. It is only three syllables that are very difficult to make out, because the score is playing quite loudly over it, but it sounds very much like Frank Oz doing the voice of Yoda. There have been rumors that Yoda will appear as a Force ghost in Star Wars: The Last Jedi for a very long time and, during SXSW, Frank Oz even alluded to his potential involvement with the movie. Since these books seem to contain Jedi teachings and Luke is going to be training Rey, it makes every bit of sense that Yoda would be showing up in some way or another. This seems to be our very first hint of that and that should be more than enough to get Star Wars fans pumped even more about this movie.
We're getting some cool new vehicles.
There are also some really cool, really crazy new ships featured in this first trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. During one of the more eye-popping action sequences, there are what seems to be some AT-ATs approaching in the distance and what we assume are members of the Resistance who are going on the offensive. The vehicles look to be like a ground assault version of a B-Wing. What is fascinating is that they ships have a piece that comes down and combs the surface, kicking up a cloud of dust. Is that an offensive tactic to blind the walkers? In any case, this scene is very reminiscent of the famed Hoth battle in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, but on a desert planet as opposed to a frozen planet. There are also some new ships shown in one of the space battle sequences. These new ships look to be an updated version of the Rebel Assault Frigate. The Resistance needs to hope they are durable because the First Order is on the offensive in this sequence. There are probably going to be some more new ships in the movie, no doubt, but we already have a couple of very impressive new ones to check out, courtesy of this first trailer.
An important new planet has been revealed.
Speaking of that dusty planet the walker attack looks to be taking place on, director Rian Johnson has already revealed some details on said planet. For one, the planet is called Crait. "It's way out there. It's uncharted," he says, making it sound like it could be part of the outer rim. This sounds like the kind of place that people go to escape the grip of organizations like the Empire and the First Order. Rian Johnson also said that "It's a mineral planet and so there are mines on it and that there is "an old rebel base there that's now abandoned. So that could explain where these cool new ships are coming from to fight off those walkers.
Old school vehicles will return.
It wouldn't be a Star Wars movie without some classic ships, which we got plenty of in this first trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. There was a great shot of the Millennium Falcon, Some X-Wings and many more. There is even a shot in the hanger when Poe's X-Wing gets blown to pieces that appears to be an A-Wing. And you can definitely see an A-Wing in combat during the aerial battle. We also can't escape the ever looming threat of the Tie Fighter, which is featured in spades in this trailer. With the classic ships in this trailer we can see that this movie will be a blend of old and new.
Kelly Marie Tran plays Rose the maintenance worker.
There are several new cast members joining the franchise in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, including Benicio Del Toro and Laura Dern. While we still haven't heard anything official about either one of them, nor did we see them in the trailer, Rian Johnson did divulge some details on newcomer Kelly Marie Tran. Her character is going to be named Rose and she, according to the director, will have the largest role in the movie of any of the new characters. She is a mechanic in the Resistance who gets pulled into a big mission with Finn. Kelly Marie Tran came on stage to talk a bit about the character and her experience, saying "So many people tell you what this is going to feel like, and you just hear so much excitement and so much love for this thing, and you just want to do it justice." Since the First Order is on the offensive in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the Resistance is going to need all of the help they can get.
There will be a lot of BB-8 comedic relief.
We knew unquestionably that BB-8 will be featured in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, even prior to all of Star Wars Celebration's big reveals. But it has been confirmed that, not only is BB-8 going to be in this movie, there is going to be a whole lot of him. While speaking at the panel, director Rian Johnson said that the advice he was given is that you can't have enough BB-8. And he took that to heart. We saw a few shots of our favorite new droid in the trailer and he is back with his buddy Poe. Rian Johnson also said that BB-8 is going to be the major comedic relief in Star Wars 8, saying that he will be the "Buster Keaton" of this movie. So BB-8 lovers are in luck, because he will be all over Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
Finn is in stable condition.
Finn, as portrayed by John Boyega, was super brave at the end of Star Wars: The Force Awakens when he was fighting Kylo Ren. Unfortunately, that bravery came at a cost. He was injured very badly during his fight and this first trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi reveals that he may have been hurt worse than we thought. There is a shot of Finn in some sort of medical chamber. It isn't a Bacta Tank, but it is easy to see that Finn is still recovering from his last fight. We know he is going to be going on a mission for the Resistance in Star Wars 8, so he will be recovered enough at one point or another to fight the good fight. But, at least at one point in the movie, he won't be 100 percent yet. It was also said by John Boyega at the panel that he is still trying to find his place in the galaxy. So will he stick with the Resistance? Will he go out on his own? But he also said that his bromance with Poe is going to continue, which is something we all want to see more of, no doubt.
The First Order still has the upper hand.
Before the Resistance was able to take out Starkiller Base in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the First Order managed to take out the New Republic. With that, there will effectively be a power struggle going on in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The trailer shows us that The First Order is going to try and win that struggle by going on the offensive. There are several shots that feature The First Order attacking Resistance fighters and bases. They aren't just going to sit idly by and wait for things to sort themselves out. We see Captain Phasma back with a whole gang of Stormtroopers waltzing through fire, some serious aerial battles, some walkers and much more. The Resistance is seemingly going to be on their heels a bit with The First Order out for revenge and giving them everything they have.
The biggest space battles we've seen yet.
Most of us Star Wars fans really loved The Force Awakens, but that movie couldn't possibly cram everything we wanted to see without it feeling bloated. Those things that were missing will definitely be present in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Most notably, an epic space battle. The trailer didn't provide much context for anything that we saw, but there was an outstanding sequence that showed a massive space battle taking place. Lots of laser fire. Lots of different ships. Lots of stuff blowing up. This was very absent from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Granted, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story definitely brought us a great space battle above Skariff. But this battle looks like it could even put that to shame, which is a wonderful thing to know is coming.
Things are darker than ever in this corner of the universe.
There was a big element of hope in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and, not to say that won't be present in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but this movie looks like it is going to be super dark. There have been comparisons made by cast members to Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and, when compared to Star Wars: A New Hope, that movie is very dark. Assuming this new trilogy follows the same beats, which it looks like it will, Star Wars 8 is going to be dark. It is no one shot, but so many things in this trailer make it look super dismal and bleak. There is tons of flaming wreckage and paths of destruction blazed in this footage. There is that shot of Luke and R2-D2 looking at a burning building, the attack on the Resistance base and Luke's very bleak attitude.
Luke wants to end the Jedi.
Speaking of Luke's attitude, one of the most significant things, if not the single most significant, was the very last line. Luke is heading out of a cave, presumably where he has been hiding out for quite some time, and speaking to someone, who we can probably assume is Rey, he says, "I only know one truth: It's time for the Jedi to end." What? What do you mean the Jedi need to end? This was easily the biggest, most insane thing that happened in the Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer. Maybe Luke is truly done after what happened with Kylo Ren and the Knights of Ren slaying his new Jedi Order. It also definitely gives a little credibility to the title of the movie. We'll definitely have to wait until the movie comes out to get an explanation of this line, but it was a bombshell and makes it seem like Star Wars 8 could really be shaking things up.
The cast for Star Wars Episode VIII includes Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac, Carrie Fisher, Benicio Del Toro, Laura Dern, Gwendoline Christie, Andy Serkis, Lupita Nyong'O and Mark Hamill. Star Wars: The Last Jedi is written and directed by Rian Johnson and is set for release on December 15. In case you missed it or want to check it out again, you can watch the trailer for yourself below.