A new trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi was released during Game 7 of the World Series last night. It starts with a nostalgia-inducing shot of a grey-bearded Luke Skywalker walking into the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon. Then there’s a voiceover from Kylo Ren, the villain of the third trilogy, saying “let the past die.”
Of course, the eighth installment of the Star Wars saga has no intention of letting the past die. The previous film in the series, The Force Awakens, was practically a remake of the original Star Wars, culminating with the heroes destroying the Death Star—sorry, I mean the Starkiller Base.
Trailers for the new film suggest that it will continue this tradition by closely mirroring the story arc of The Empire Strikes Back. Rey travels to a distant planet to receive Jedi training from Master Luke Skywalker, just as Luke once traveled to Dagobah to train with Master Yoda. Last month’s trailer had a hint that Kylo Ren may try to recruit Rey to the dark side, just as Darth Vader once tried to turn Luke.
Beyond the scene of Luke on the Millennium Falcon and a new shot of Snoke’s throne room, the new trailer doesn’t show us much footage we haven’t seen before. It shows scenes of space battles, light saber duels, and Chewbacca’s new Porg sidekick—all of which were previously included in the October trailer.
The new trailer comes just six weeks before the film is scheduled to hit theaters on December 15. There’s a ton of interest around the film—so much that Lucasfilm has been able to demand a nearly unprecedented 65 percent cut of theater ticket sales. Lucasfilm is also demanding that theaters show the film in their largest screen for at least four weeks after release and is imposing draconian restrictions and penalties to prevent early leaks.
The Last Jedi will be the final Star Wars film to star Carrie Fisher, who died in December 2016, a few months after filming of The Last Jedi wrapped up. Early plans had called for Fisher to appear in Episode 9, due out in 2019, but the film was reworked in the wake of her untimely death.
Before the debut of Episode 9, fans will be treated to a standalone Han Solo film, appropriately called Solo, due out in 2018. Filming of that film wrapped up last month.
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