Light. Dark. Two opposing sides. Each of which must be brought together to create balance in the force.
This is the place we find ourselves in the brand new trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which has just released its incredible new trailer.
Here’s the synopsis:
Following the events of The Force Awakens, both Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) seek out their masters to train in the art of the force. On Ahch-To, Rey learns under the guidance of the now monastic Jedi master Luke Skywalker, while Ren returns to the sinister tutelage of Lord Snoke (Andy Serkis). It is here that each learns of their greater roles in the universe and sets the two of them on a collision course that will determine the fate of the galaxy.
The new trailer is simply awe-inspiring and features a host of incredible new footage, not only do we get to see Rey and Ren at their training, but fans finally get a deeper look into the fate of Mark Hamill’s Luke Skywalker, and the haunted figure that he has now become. To see Hamill juxtaposed as a new Yoda-figure is just incredible, and it’s very likely that he’ll have to deal with his own issues and failings.
For those fans looking for epic blockbuster moments, well, Star Wars: The Last Jedi looks to have plenty of them. Not only do we get epic space battle, but the long-beloved AT-AT returns, only this time the First Order has seriously supped them up. I can only imagine that for director Rian Johnson Star Wars: The Last Jedi was a childhood dream come true, and that sense of boyhood wonder certainly shows up on-screen.
However, we have to address the appearance and focus of Carrie Fisher’s General Leia Organa who has a very big presence in the new trailer. It’s a particularly heart-wrenching thing to watch, but is far and away a testament to the extraordinary talent she posses as an actress. Johnson and the team at Lucas Film and Walt Disney Pictures said they would honour Fisher’s legacy, and they clearly have in a loving show of respect for the late actress. Be advised that a box of tissues will be needed when watching this one.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi will arrive in cinemas on December 14 in New Zealand.