I know I’ve taken a break from the movie side of the Nerdy world because of school commitments, but this is freaking Star Wars. If you don’t think I’m not going to go full geek mode over this, then you are obviously new to this site.
This afternoon at Star Wars Celebration, Disney and Lucas film released the first poster and teaser for the Episode VIII, ominously titled The Last Jedi. Take a look at both after the jump:
The teaser starts with what seems to be a training session between Luke Skywalker and Rey. Teaching her to sense the force, he pushes her to “reach out.” As Rey senses the light and darkness of the force, we see quick image of General Leia and her voice introducing herself from Episode IV, then a broken Vader mask and the breathing sound of his suit as well as Emperor Palpatine talking about the Dark Side. When Rey feels the balance of the two, we hear Yoda telling Luke he will train with him to be a Jedi. Luke then tells Rey, “this is so much bigger.” I don’t know if he is referring to the age-old fight between the light and the dark, or if there is something bigger coming to disrupt the balance.
The trailer continues on with quick glimpses of Finn as he is still healing from his fight with Kilo Ren, and Poe Dameron with BB-8 as they prepare for an oncoming attack from the First Order. Things do not look good for Poe as it seems the base is destroyed in the assault.
The trailer switches gears as Kilo Ren’s voice over states “it is time for the Jedi to end.” Then cut to a very red title card.
If you had doubts this one was going to be Empire like, then have those doubts no more. The Last Jedi is setting itself up for a darker entry where it looks as if the First Order will be victorious by the end credits.
I’m not entirely sure how I feel about this. I very much enjoyed The Force Awakens, but how much it follows the A New Hope storyline does take some of the fun out of it. I was hoping the new trilogy would start to take a new route from what has already been established, but it seems to be a rule in Hollywood the middle film in a series has to be the darker one.
What do you think of the first look at Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi? Are you excited for the dark turn? Do you think the film will follow Empire closely or go its own route? Talk to me in the comments section below.
The Last Jedi hits theaters in the United States December 15, 2017 and stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Gwendoline Christie, Domhnall Gleeson, and Andy Serkis.